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Teen twins' deadly ride

Feb 6, 2016 / 10:23 pm
Twin brothers have been identified as the two young men who died during an after-hours visit to a Calgary luge-bobsled track early Saturday. Jordan and Evan Caldwell, who were 17, were killed and six other male teens were injured while using a personal sled/toboggan to go down the bobsled track...

Pair guilty in death of child

Feb 6, 2016 / 3:13 pm
A Regina jury has convicted a woman of second-degree murder and a man of manslaughter in the death of a four-year-old girl after the pair were accused of denying the child and her younger sister food and purposely hurting them. Tammy and Kevin Goforth were also found guilty of unlawfully causing...

Burnt building not inspected

Feb 6, 2016 / 2:09 pm
The apartment building where three people died in a fire was not legislated under the Ontario Fire Code as a senior's home, despite being advertised as a "senior's lifestyle suite" and only being available to people aged 59 and over. For that reason, the building hadn't...

Deadly bobsled break in

Feb 6, 2016 / 6:58 am
Two young men are dead and six others are injured following an after-hours incident at a Calgary luge-bobsled track. Calgary police say emergency crews were called to the WinSport facility in northwest Calgary at 1:30 this morning after a report of several injured people on a closed...

Single winner of $60M

Feb 6, 2016 / 6:31 am
There is one winning ticket for the $60-million jackpot in Friday night's Lotto Max draw, and it was purchased somewhere in Ontario. Thirty-three MaxMillions prizes of $1 million each were available in the draw, and tickets for 15 of those prizes were sold. Eleven MaxMillions prizes were...

Couple's fate in jury's hands

Feb 5, 2016 / 9:10 pm
A jury will resume deliberations on Saturday in the case of a Regina couple accused of killing a four-year-old girl in their care and neglecting her younger sister. The jury must decide if Tammy and Kevin Goforth purposely hurt the girls and denied them food. The Goforths face charges of...

3 dead in apartment fire

Feb 5, 2016 / 5:02 pm
Police say three people are dead, and 15 others are being treated in hospital for various injuries following a fire at a seniors' building in Toronto. Paramedic spokesman Peter Rotolo says four people were taken to hospital in critical condition after the Friday afternoon blaze — three...

Explosive day in court

Feb 5, 2016 / 3:01 pm
Mere hours after CBC star Jian Ghomeshi allegedly choked and slapped her, "Trailer Park Boys" actress Lucy DeCoutere expressed a desire to have sex with him and a few days later penned a hand-written letter to say "I love your hands." The stunning revelations at...

The price of democracy

Feb 5, 2016 / 12:47 pm
Elections Canada says last fall's marathon federal election campaign cost $443 million to administer — 53 per cent more than the 2011 election. And that's just the preliminary estimate. The independent agency doesn't yet know how many millions it will have to pay out to...

PM's an artist, too

Feb 5, 2016 / 12:44 pm
A watercolour sketch drawn by Justin Trudeau months before he became prime minister is up for auction. Trudeau drew the image of the Canadian Museum For Human Rights after visiting the Winnipeg building last spring. Postcard prints of the image were given recently to Liberal party donors, and...

Amish give up on Ontario

Feb 5, 2016 / 12:35 pm
Much like the past when pioneer families travelled west for farmland to call their own, two groups of Amish families from Ontario are heading east to till the fertile, red soil of Prince Edward Island and establish a new home. According to realtor Brad Oliver, it has simply become too expensive...

Jobless rate inches up

Feb 5, 2016 / 6:56 am
Employment growth in Canada sputtered in neutral last month as a net gain in Ontario jobs was offset by significant losses in Alberta — with its most dismal numbers in a decade — and in Manitoba and Newfoundland and Labrador, Statistics Canada said Friday. While the national...

Third girl goes missing

Feb 4, 2016 / 4:44 pm
The mother of a teenage girl who disappeared while on a visit to the family residence from a Montreal-area group home is pleading for her safe return. Josee Chaput said she fears Sarah Hauptman, 16, has been at risk since going missing Saturday night. "We're waiting for her, we will...

Superconductor Holy Grail

Feb 4, 2016 / 4:34 pm
Canadian scientists have made an important advance that could one day lead to a science-fiction world of levitating trains and batteries that don't lose their juice sitting in the drawer. "People might have these things in their homes — levitating devices, ultra-effecient power...

Trap caught on eagle

Feb 4, 2016 / 3:58 pm
A bald eagle spotted flying in eastern Newfoundland with a leg-hold trap on one of its talons is unlikely to survive unless the device is soon removed, an expert in wildlife rescues says. Hope Swinimer said the big bird of prey, last seen near the dump in Clarenville, needs its sharp claws for...

Lucy dishes on Ghomeshi

Feb 4, 2016 / 12:52 pm
"Trailer Park Boys" actress Lucy DeCoutere told Jian Ghomeshi's sexual assault trial Thursday that the former broadcaster suddenly choked and slapped her while they were kissing at his home, and a year later joined her in a karaoke version of the Britney Spears song "(Hit Me)...

10 'signature experiences'

Feb 4, 2016 / 12:46 pm
Paddleboarding in B.C.'s Yoho National Park, cycling along Alberta's Icefield Parkway and fiord cruising in Newfoundland's Gros Morne National Park are among 10 new additions to Destination Canada's Signature Experiences collection. The Crown corporation promotes the curated...

Racism in taxi industry

Feb 4, 2016 / 10:54 am
Some indigenous people say Winnipeg's taxi industry is rife with racism and are calling for a boycott until their concerns are addressed. Jackie Traverse says she and other indigenous women are treated like "garbage" — subject to sexual harassment and even...

Plea deal expected

Feb 4, 2016 / 10:42 am
The case of a Canadian diplomat's son charged in a double killing in Miami has been put over for an expected plea deal. After conferring with the judge, the prosecution and the defence said Marc Wabafiyebazu should now be ready to plead Feb. 19. Miami police arrested Wabafiyebazu, of...

Hotel refugee camp

Feb 4, 2016 / 6:51 am
Just days after arriving at a refugee camp in southeastern Turkey, Dilaver Omar and his family were taken in by locals who helped them adjust to their new life away from home. A year and a half later, as Omar, his wife Dilsah Sahin and two of their children prepared to come to Canada through the...

Protest over booted veteran

Feb 3, 2016 / 8:33 pm
Dozens of people have staged a protest at Winnipeg's Portage Place shopping mall over the expulsion on the weekend of a decorated war veteran and respected elder. Joseph Meconse said he and a friend sat down to tea in the mall's food court on Saturday when a security guard approached him...

Suncor posts $2B net loss

Feb 3, 2016 / 6:12 pm
Suncor Energy, Canada's biggest oilsands player, has posted a net loss of $2 billion for the final three months of 2015 as it was walloped by the steep drop in crude prices. In addition to the oil price collapse, Suncor's bottom line was dragged down by nearly $1.6 billion in impairment...

$93 million lotto fever

Feb 3, 2016 / 6:00 pm
While Canadian lotto prizes do not reach the billion-dollar mark like some south of the border, Canadians do have a chance to win some of the $93 million worth of prizes in this week's Lotto Max draw. According to the B.C. Lottery Corporation, Lotto Max fever is heating up with a $60 million...

Fast-tracking $700M to Alta.

Feb 3, 2016 / 5:16 pm
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau emerged from a meeting with a formal commitment to fast-track $700 million in previously committed federal infrastructure money to the struggling province. The money was allocated by the previous Conservative government in 2014 and...

Election reform complicated

Feb 3, 2016 / 3:42 pm
The federal Liberal government was warned Wednesday that its plans to overhaul Canada's electoral system could wind up plunging the country into constitutional wrangling — a spectre Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has vowed to avoid. Sen. Serge Joyal, an independent Liberal and...

'New generation' of slacker

Feb 3, 2016 / 10:55 am
A Halifax-area restaurant owner has sparked a social media uproar by complaining that a "frustrating new generation" of employees with a poor work ethic has helped kill her business. A Facebook post Tuesday from Kim Stacey, owner of the now-defunct Emma's Eatery, cites several...

Battle of the bottle

Feb 3, 2016 / 10:40 am
The country's chief public health officer has tabled a report to Parliament on alcohol consumption by Canadians, which warns of the potential health risks from even low levels of drinking. Dr. Gregory Taylor says drinking booze has become a normalized activity, with almost 80 per cent of...

Canada's refugee challenge

Feb 3, 2016 / 6:03 am
As the Liberal government's target date to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees inches ever closer, a government analysis of those who've already arrived paints a sobering picture of the resettlement challenge ahead. The chief concern lies with the government-assisted refugee population,...

Heroic Canadians in Mexico

Feb 2, 2016 / 7:45 pm
A family from Carrot River, Sask., and an Edmonton firefighter are being called heroes after saving a father and son from drowning in Mexico. Liz Haley-Armstrong, her son Bob Haley and firefighter Drew Pearson were relaxing on a beach in Puerto Vallarta when they noticed a young boy struggling...

Son killed in hallucination?

Feb 2, 2016 / 6:18 pm
Shortly after she killed her five-year-old son, a Saskatoon woman told a nurse she was having a hallucination and may have hurt the boy because she was trying to save him from going to hell. The information was presented Tuesday in an agreed statement of facts in the first-degree murder trial of...

A poor place for a pee

Feb 2, 2016 / 6:11 pm
A Winnipeg school bus driver who was caught on video urinating from the steps of his bus has been fired. A woman called First Student Canada in early January after she saw the driver repeatedly urinating in public. The woman, who doesn't want to be named, says the bus company acknowledged...

Notley expands cabinet

Feb 2, 2016 / 1:50 pm
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has expanded her inner circle by almost half, carved up responsibilities and titles and appointed an openly gay cabinet minister. Ricardo Miranda, who represents the constituency of Calgary Cross, now heads Culture and Tourism. "I guess it's historic in...

Hero mom loses feet

Feb 2, 2016 / 1:42 pm
An injured Manitoba woman who crawled up a snowbank to seek help after spending overnight in a frigid ditch trying to keep her young daughter warm has lost her feet to frostbite. Kristen Hiebert and four-year-old Avery were going home last month when their car slid off a rural highway near a...

Border lax on drugs

Feb 2, 2016 / 1:12 pm
The Canada Border Services Agency is not keeping a close enough eye on exports, causing high-risk shipments — including illegal drugs and possibly illicit weapons technology — to leave the country undetected, says auditor general Michael Ferguson. In his latest series of reports...

Liberals now cash kings

Feb 2, 2016 / 12:40 pm
Money, it seems, follows power. The Liberal party is the new king of the federal fundraising hill, surpassing the Conservatives who've been the undisputed champions for more than a decade. The literal reversal of fortune, disclosed in fourth-quarter financial reports filed with Elections...

N.B. further into the red

Feb 2, 2016 / 12:12 pm
The New Brunswick government has tabled an $8.9 billion budget for 2016-17 that digs deeper into taxpayers' pockets while driving the province further into debt. The budget, tabled by Finance Minister Roger Melanson, raises the HST and corporate taxes while cutting the size of the civil...

Raccoon rides subway

Feb 2, 2016 / 10:50 am
Toronto commuters had some unexpected company on the ride in to work this morning when a raccoon surfaced on a downtown subway route. Toronto Transit Commission spokesman Brad Ross says the raccoon was first spotted at around 8 a.m. on a southbound train heading towards Spadina Station, one of...

News will break your heart

Feb 2, 2016 / 10:25 am
A new report says more needs to be done to help a growing number of Canadians who are living with damaged hearts. About 600,000 people are living with heart failure — an incurable, long-term condition where the heart is not pumping enough blood due to damage from heart attacks and disease,...

Military housing sits empty

Feb 2, 2016 / 10:20 am
The management of military housing at the Department of National Defence is in disarray, with as many as 1,500 units sitting vacant and not enough consideration given to allowing soldiers to rent in the local market away from their bases, Canada's auditor general says. Michael Ferguson's...

Disability delays slammed

Feb 2, 2016 / 10:02 am
Canadians with terminal illnesses are waiting too long for disability pension benefits from the federal government, and those with grave conditions are being snowed under with paperwork, Canada's auditor general says. In his latest twice-annual assessment of various federal government...
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