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'Threat' forces plane to turn around

Jul 25, 2014 / 9:30 am

Sunwing Airlines says a flight to Panama City was forced to return to Toronto this morning after a passenger made a "direct threat" against the aircraft. The airline said the passenger was arrested after the plane returned to Pearson airport at about 9 a.m. Sunwing flight 772 left...

Ottawa begins to narrow deficit

Jul 25, 2014 / 9:00 am

The federal government continues to make progress in its drive to eliminate the deficit by next year, the latest accounting from the Finance Department shows. In the first report on its financial position for the new 2014-15 fiscal period, the department said it posted a combined $1.15 billion...

Arctic oil spills to cross borders

Jul 24, 2014 / 9:59 pm

New research suggests that any type of significant oil spill in Canada's western Arctic would likely spread quickly and foul oceans around Alaska and possibly as far west as Russia. "Spills originating from the Canadian Beaufort and resulting coastal oiling could be an international...

Partnership to build nuclear reactors

Jul 24, 2014 / 5:01 pm

A Canadian company is partnering with a Chinese firm in anticipation of building two more nuclear reactors in Romania that could be worth $1.5 billion for Canada's economy. Candu Energy Inc., an SNC-Lavalin (TSX: SNC) company, has signed a co-operation agreement with China Nuclear Power...

Man with gun arrested at rally

Jul 24, 2014 / 7:17 am

A man said to be well known to police is in custody after trying to take an air gun into a rally in support of Israel at the Calgary Jewish Community Centre. Police on scene drew their weapons when the object was discovered during a security check. Duty Sgt. Paul Wozney says there was no...

Fox found on city bus

Jul 23, 2014 / 3:44 pm

A fox that snuck onto an Ottawa city bus has achieved temporary Internet fame after photos of the critter sleeping on a seat circulated online. OC Transpo says the fox climbed through the open front door of an out-of-service bus parked at one of its garages Sunday morning and quickly settled in...

No booze at the Rob Ford Fest

Jul 23, 2014 / 12:10 pm

There will be no booze at the Rob Ford Fest this week after the province turned down the organizers' application for a liquor licence, but the Toronto mayor insists those who come to his annual barbecue will still have a good time. A spokesman for the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario...

Drug dealers hand out samples

Jul 23, 2014 / 7:50 am

Edmonton police allege that three drug dealers trying to drum up business were handing out cocaine samples to young people. Police spokesman Scott Pattison says the trio parked a truck in a popular location on the city's south side and began luring potential customers over. Pattison says...

Lac-Megantic's 'train from hell'

Jul 23, 2014 / 7:15 am

It's been known to belch oil from its exhaust, it's caught fire at least once and it led the "train from hell" that smashed into Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people. And pretty soon locomotive MMA 5017 can be all yours. The lead engine on the runaway oil train that derailed and...

Teenager swims English Channel

Jul 22, 2014 / 8:30 pm

A 19-year-old from Swift Current, Sask., has successfully swum across the English Channel to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Canada. The news was announced on Twitter by the City of Swift Current, which congratulated Meghan Chisholm with the hashtag...

Couple reveals $50M lotto win

Jul 22, 2014 / 4:00 pm

How long can you keep a $50-million secret? Andrea and Bill Groner managed to keep their lottery windfall in the immediate family for seven months. But the Edmonton couple's exciting news is now out — they are the mystery winners of the $50-million Lotto Max jackpot from Dec....

Thief steals child's ashes

Jul 22, 2014 / 3:00 pm

EDMONTON - The parents of a nine-year-old boy killed in a plane crash are hoping a thief will return a cross necklace that holds some of their son's ashes. David and Crystal Pentecost moved to Edmonton from Manitoba two weeks ago to try to start anew after Dawson's death last year....

Mayor dies from wasp stings

Jul 22, 2014 / 1:40 pm

The death of a Quebec mayor who was stung multiple times after stepping on a wasps' nest while gardening is a tragic but cautionary tale for those who run afoul of bees, hornets or other stinging insects — especially if they have a severe allergy to their venom, experts say. Lucie...

Stabbing suspect heads to hospital

Jul 22, 2014 / 11:37 am

A man accused of stabbing five young people to death at a house party is to undergo a psychiatric assessment to determine whether he can be found criminally responsible if convicted. Matthew de Grood, 22, was charged in April with first-degree murder in the slayings at a celebration near the...

Human traffickers deported

Jul 22, 2014 / 10:30 am

Twenty members of a Hungarian human trafficking ring that brought people from eastern Europe with promises of a better life in Canada have been deported, Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney said Tuesday. He said the victims were forced to work illegally, live in deplorable conditions without...

Fruit recalled for possible Listeria

Jul 22, 2014 / 7:15 am

Some fruit products imported from California are being recalled due to concerns about possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the whole peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots are sold primarily under the Sweet 2 Eat brand. The products, being...

Duffy misspent over $200,000

Jul 21, 2014 / 1:08 pm

The RCMP has provided fresh details of its 31 fraud charges against Sen. Mike Duffy, accusing him of charging taxpayers for personal travel to funerals and providing payments for "illegitimate expenses" to four people. A new court filing alleges "inappropriate expense claims...

Festival death prompts concerns

Jul 21, 2014 / 7:45 am

What police are calling a suspicious death at the Pemberton Music Festival, north of Vancouver, has prompted concerns about security. Twenty-one-year-old Nick Phongsavath of Regina was found dead in a tent on festival grounds, and homicide detectives are investigating. Risa Payant, a festival...

Canadian teacher in jail

Jul 20, 2014 / 2:03 pm

The family of a Canadian teacher detained in an Indonesian jail on allegations of child sexual assault has been trying to enlist Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird to help win his release. Neil Bantleman, 45, was working as a learning co-ordinator at the Jakarta International School, a...

Flight declares emergency, lands

Jul 20, 2014 / 9:58 am

Air Canada says a flight from Edmonton landed safely in Toronto on Sunday morning after declaring an emergency. Spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur said in an email the emergency was declared after a flight control indication light came on. Arthur says the Airbus 320, flight AC1174, had 87 passengers...

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