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May Day march turns ugly

May 1, 2016 / 2:48 pm
Anti-capitalist demonstrators smashed windows at a downtown Montreal police station on Sunday as protesters held their annual May Day march. The incidents occurred about one hour into the demonstration and prompted police to fire off canisters of tear gas and warn protesters to...

Firefighter blamed for fire

May 1, 2016 / 12:30 pm
A firefighter who battled the flames that destroyed a railway trestle bridge northwest of Edmonton last week has now been charged with setting the fire, as well as others in and around his community. RCMP say Lawson Michael Schalm, 19, of Mayerthorpe faces 18 counts of arson following an...

Pot goodies pose health risks

May 1, 2016 / 10:17 am
Bite-sized marijuana goodies such as candies and cookies pose "significant risks" to children who might accidentally swallow them, warns a draft federal discussion paper on pot legalization. It flags the public safety concern as one of the many obstacles Canada must negotiate on the...

Long-form census on its way

May 1, 2016 / 9:59 am
Call it the start of the government's biggest big data push. Monday marks the start of mailings from Statistics Canada of census surveys, including the return of the mandatory, long-form questionnaire that was replaced with a voluntary survey five years ago. Statistics Canada says more...

One winner in 649 draw

May 1, 2016 / 7:02 am
A single winning ticket was sold for the $21-million jackpot in Saturday night's Lotto 649 draw. The ticket was purchased somewhere on the Prairies. The grand prize for the next Lotto 649 draw on Wed,. May 4, will be $5 million.

War at sea remembered

May 1, 2016 / 6:59 am
Members of Canada's naval community are gathering across the country today to commemorate the 71st anniversary of the end of the Battle of the Atlantic. It was the longest continuous battle in the Second World War, spanning from 1939 to 1945. It is remembered each year on the first Sunday...

Three dead in fiery crash

Apr 30, 2016 / 9:28 pm
Police in western Manitoba say three people were found dead in a vehicle that crashed and caught fire. RCMP say they received a report of a vehicle on fire on the Opaskwayak Cree Nation near The Pas early Saturday morning. They say one female was found outside the vehicle and was taken to...

Obama roasts Trudeau

Apr 30, 2016 / 8:26 pm
President Barack Obama squeezed in a Justin Trudeau joke at his final White House Correspondents' Dinner roast. Obama made a few cracks about how he'd aged during his eight-year presidency, referring to his new grey hair and how he'd have no trouble being awake for a 3 a.m. phone...

Minks coat landscape

Apr 30, 2016 / 5:47 pm
Police are investigating what they're calling an act of vandalism — and what a farm spokesperson is calling an act of animal rights extremism — after some 500 minks were set loose in southwestern Ontario overnight Friday. Early Saturday morning, Ontario Provincial Police were...

Crab population pinched

Apr 30, 2016 / 4:57 pm
A researcher who spent years removing millions of green crab from a Nova Scotia estuary says evicting some of the cantankerous crustaceans has proven effective in controlling an invasive species that has wrecked havoc on marine ecosystems around the world. Known as the "cockroach of the...

Butcher shop victim ID'd

Apr 30, 2016 / 2:26 pm
Police say they've identified the victim whose severed remains were found behind a Toronto butcher shop in mid-April. Police also say they've charged a man with indignity to a dead body in connection with the case. The remains, which police said were believed to be part of a human...

Ottawa got your back?

Apr 30, 2016 / 6:39 am
With the House of Commons not sitting this week, jet-setting — and jets — dominated Canadian politics instead. The Trudeau cabinet flew out en masse to a resort in Kananaskis, Alta., to spend three days talking about the economy, but it was the beheading of a Canadian hostage in the...

Sex charges dropped

Apr 30, 2016 / 6:31 am
The Crown has withdrawn charges against one of four British sailors accused of sexually assaulting a young woman at a military base in Halifax. A spokeswoman for the Public Prosecution Service says Crown attorneys withdrew the charges against Craig Stoner in Nova Scotia Provincial Court on...

Smart cars, amorous riders

Apr 30, 2016 / 6:18 am
Federal bureaucrats are raising concerns about distracted driving in semi-autonomous cars that don't require much input from the driver. And at least one expert is anticipating that, as the so-called 'smart' cars get smarter, there will eventually be an increase in an unusual form of...

Hospital bombed

Apr 29, 2016 / 1:26 pm
An aid agency says a Canadian-funded hospital in Syria has been destroyed. The Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations says the Al Marjeh Primary Health Care Centre in Aleppo, which has received millions of dollars in medical supplies from Canada, was bombed during air strikes...

Introspection after kid death

Apr 29, 2016 / 9:54 am
A coroner's inquest into the death of a seven-year-old Toronto girl killed by her guardians says children in the child welfare system should have a say in how their case is handled. Jurors in the Katelynn Sampson inquest say the child should always be at the centre of any investigation and...

Snooping nurse suspended

Apr 29, 2016 / 9:38 am
An Ontario nurse who admitted to snooping into the medical records of patients will have her licence suspended for four months and face a formal reprimand. The College of Nurses of Ontario has also ordered Mandy Edgerton — formerly Mandy Reid — to undergo remedial training on privacy...

Ashes, message in a bottle

Apr 29, 2016 / 9:33 am
A Nova Scotia man says plans are underway to fulfil the wishes of the late Gary Robert Dupuis after the mystery man's ashes washed up on the shores of Cape Breton inside a tequila bottle. Norman MacDonald says he was collecting trash on West Mabou Beach on Wednesday when he came across the...

Actor's farewell to sick boy

Apr 29, 2016 / 6:41 am
Actor Ryan Reynolds has posted an emotional goodbye on Facebook to a boy in Edmonton who has died of cancer. Reynolds visited 13-year-old Connor McGrath earlier this year in hospital and gave him an advance screening of his film Deadpool weeks before it was released to theatres. Reynolds says...

Thousands mourn child

Apr 29, 2016 / 6:19 am
Thousands of people gathered in a small community in eastern Newfoundland on Thursday to pay tribute to a five-year-old girl whose body was found in her father's burned-out home. Friends and family of Quinn Butt attended a service at a soccer field in Harbour Grace, where they sang, prayed...

Trudeau pays visit to reserve

Apr 28, 2016 / 8:16 pm
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hauled large jugs of drinking water and spoke with school children Thursday as he was immersed in the daily struggles of an isolated reserve that has been under a boil advisory for 19 years. Trudeau spent seven hours on Shoal Lake 40 First Nation — a man-made...

The K in K-tel

Apr 28, 2016 / 7:32 pm
Phil Kives, the tireless and optimistic pitchman who pioneered the television infomercial, died Wednesday after being hospitalized with an undisclosed illness. Kives, who was 87, grew up in poverty and made his riches after founding marketing company K-tel International. He sold everything from...

Paralyzed by buck passing

Apr 28, 2016 / 7:30 pm
A retired admiral is telling the Trudeau government's defence review that National Defence is often paralyzed by timid bureaucrats and politicians who pass the buck on decisions. Retired vice-admiral Bruce Donaldson, who until a few years ago was second-in-command of the military, says in a...

Beekeeper stung by theft

Apr 28, 2016 / 2:44 pm
A Quebec beekeeper is in a sticky situation after thieves buzzed off with about five million of his bees. Jean-Marc Labonte says he discovered Wednesday that 180 hives were stolen from a field near Victoriaville, Que., about 150 kilometres northeast of Montreal. He says the bees and the hives...

Don't divide over pipelines

Apr 28, 2016 / 2:41 pm
The premier of Alberta says she has no interest in turning the current pipeline debate into an inter-provincial shouting match that strains national unity. Rachel Notley said she intends to have a respectful conversation based on the facts, allowing both sides of the issue to feel like...

Climate refugees imminent

Apr 28, 2016 / 2:30 pm
Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says the key to dealing with climate change in the Arctic is to have "real conversations" with the Inuit peoples who live there. But Sally Jewell, the U.S. secretary of the interior, has a much blunter assessment, arguing climate impacts...

Dogs kept lost girl warm

Apr 28, 2016 / 12:55 pm
An Alberta girl who got lost in the bush says her dogs kept her warm during the chilly night. RCMP say they got a call Wednesday night about a nine-year-old girl from the Frog Lake First Nation being lost. Sgt. Barry LaRocque says residents of the reserve, about 230 kilometres northeast of...

Forced into Russian roulette

Apr 28, 2016 / 11:36 am
Police in Toronto say two teen boys were kidnapped, assaulted, forced to play Russian roulette with a loaded gun and perform sexual acts before being released. Investigators say they're trying to locate a man and a 17-year-old boy and a Canada-wide warrant for kidnapping has been issued for...

Shelters turn women away

Apr 28, 2016 / 10:30 am
A new report says women are crossing provincial borders to escape domestic violence — and many are being turned away from shelters that are full or overcrowded. The third annual Shelter Voices survey from the Canadian Network of Women’s Shelters and Transition Houses suggests eight...

80 arrested for child porn

Apr 28, 2016 / 10:00 am
UPDATE: 10 a.m. Dozens of people are facing hundreds of charges after a massive, provincewide investigation into child sexual abuse in Ontario. Provincial police said the months-long investigation netted 80 alleged offenders who are now facing a total of 274 charges, adding more arrests are...

Humming quietly along

Apr 28, 2016 / 9:57 am
Even at the height of so-called Goose Break and the depth of an ongoing attempted-suicide crisis in this remote James Bay First Nation, Mary's is humming along. A steady flow of patrons, greeted by a friendly young woman, order coffee, sandwiches and other basic diner offerings, paying by...

Ghost cougar proves elusive

Apr 28, 2016 / 6:35 am
After 10 years of patiently waiting for Nova Scotia's ghost cougar to appear, a determined researcher working in the dark forests of Kejimkujik National Park is calling it quits. The elusive cougar has long been a source of intrigue and myth in Nova Scotia, and even inspired an episode of...

Nfld closing 54 libraries

Apr 28, 2016 / 6:16 am
A library board in Newfoundland and Labrador says it hopes many job losses can be achieved through attrition when the province closes more than half of its libraries. It's estimated that 64 jobs will be lost with the closure of 54 libraries across the province over the next two years as part...

Hanne's brave ending

Apr 27, 2016 / 10:17 pm
The death of Hanne Schafer was by any definition a nightmare. Suffering from the painful, degenerative neurological disease ALS, the 66-year-old could communicate only by typing with some of the fingers on her left hand. Her husband had to regularly suction the saliva out of her throat so she...

Trudeau grilled by student

Apr 27, 2016 / 8:13 pm
A First Nations high school student in Saskatoon is giving the prime minister a failing grade for one of his answers. Grade 12 student Tahris Bear asked Justin Trudeau at an event at her school Wednesday how he'll right the wrongs faced by Canada's indigenous peoples and why he allows...

'Get green, get smart'

Apr 27, 2016 / 4:57 pm
Canada must make its transportation system smarter and greener, says Transport Minister Marc Garneau, but documents show the country is falling behind its trading partners in connecting infrastructure to the vehicles that use it. Garneau told a luncheon audience Wednesday in Toronto that he...

Bridge up in flames

Apr 27, 2016 / 4:49 pm
Destroyed in a matter of hours, a well-recognized CN Rail trestle bridge in Alberta is no more. A fire ripped through the bridge in the community of Mayerthorpe, about 120 kilometres northwest of Edmonton on Tuesday. Police believe the blaze may have been intentionally set, as they investigate...

Canada will miss target

Apr 27, 2016 / 4:46 pm
A new study of current and planned emission reduction policies under a best-case scenario finds that Canada still falls well short of meeting its international climate promises. But the report by the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project says provincial and federal measures have placed the...

Canada pledges more aid

Apr 27, 2016 / 4:34 pm
Canada is contributing another $900,000 to earthquake-stricken Ecuador, but has decided against sending the military's Disaster Assistance Response Team. The latest donation brings Canadian assistance to Ecuador to $2 million. The government has also contributed to sending a Canadian Red...

Basketball 'teen' likely 29

Apr 27, 2016 / 1:57 pm
A South Sudanese student accused of passing himself off as a teenager so he could attend high school on a basketball scholarship will likely face a hearing on whether he should be kicked out of Canada, immigration officials said Wednesday. For the time being, however, Jonathan Nicola will remain...
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