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Bitten by rabid cat

Aug 26, 2016 / 4:01 pm
Health officials say an Ontario man is undergoing treatment after being bitten by a cat that tested positive for rabies. The Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit says it was notified Thursday by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency that a stray cat had bitten someone in Caledonia. They say they are...

Harper: 5 things to know

Aug 26, 2016 / 3:58 pm
Stephen Harper, Canada's 22nd prime minister, officially left political life Friday by resigning his seat in the House of Commons. Here are five ways he's changed politics in Canada: 1.Prime ministers take away less. Harper presided over a change in 2012 that substantially slashed his...

Beer thief in goalie gear

Aug 26, 2016 / 3:51 pm
Manitoba RCMP are looking for a thirsty goalie. Mounties say a man wearing hockey gear and carrying a goalie stick was one of two culprits who broke into a beer store in Russell on Aug. 15. Video surveillance police posted on YouTube shows the pair lumbering off with a few cases of...

Arbitrator steps in

Aug 26, 2016 / 1:05 pm
With the clock ticking toward a potential work stoppage at Canada Post, lawyer and author William Kaplan was appointed Friday to seek an end to the months-long labour dispute at the Crown agency. In appointing the seasoned mediator and arbitrator to lead a team of interveners, Labour Minister...

$1B deficit in first quarter

Aug 26, 2016 / 12:42 pm
The federal government ran a deficit of $1.0 billion for the first quarter of its fiscal year, down from a surplus of $5.0 billion in the same period last year though "broadly consistent" with projections in the 2016-17 budget, the Finance Department said Friday. "The financial...

Last Steps memorialized

Aug 26, 2016 / 12:36 pm
A wooden arch bearing the words "The Last Steps" was unveiled today on the Halifax waterfront near where tens of thousands of Canadian soldiers set off to fight in the First World War, never to return to return home. Dozens of boot prints are now burned into the boardwalk on a pier...

Angry over birth mix-up

Aug 26, 2016 / 12:09 pm
Two men from a northern Manitoba First Nation say DNA evidence that they believe shows they were switched at birth has them confused, upset and angry. "I want answers so bad," David Tait Jr. told a news conference Friday about what appears to be a second birth mix-up at the same...
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Volunteers charged in fires

Aug 26, 2016 / 10:04 am
Two Cape Breton volunteer firefighters are facing multiple charges of arson after a series of blazes in rural areas near Sydney, N.S. Cape Breton Regional Police said today they have arrested and charged 49-year-old Stephen Tremblett of North Sydney and 24-year-old James Clayton MacDonald of...

Peacekeeping pledge

Aug 26, 2016 / 9:56 am
Ottawa is putting the United Nations on notice that Canada is ready to provide money and, more importantly, troops for peacekeeping missions around the world. Up to 600 Canadian soldiers — including engineers and medical units — are being committed to future peacekeeping operations,...

Purloined porker returned

Aug 26, 2016 / 9:52 am
A beloved Fibreglas pig named Henry that was taken by bacon burglars from a Calgary bar is heading home. The 14-kilogram ornament — a fixture at the Unicorn Pub in the city's southwest for many years — was purloined sometime early Sunday morning as last call was...

Harper gives up seat

Aug 26, 2016 / 9:00 am
Nearly a year after his federal election defeat, former prime minister Stephen Harper finally resigned his House of Commons seat Friday, ending a career in politics that spanned more than two decades. The former Conservative leader announced he was stepping down as MP for the riding of Calgary...

Crossbow murder charges

Aug 26, 2016 / 6:54 am
A 35-year-old man is facing murder charges in the deaths of three people suffering from what appeared to be crossbow wounds. Brett Ryan of Toronto is facing three counts of first-degee murder in the deaths that shocked a quiet residential neighbourhood in the city's east end. The slayings...

Fort Mac grads get late prom

Aug 26, 2016 / 6:42 am
Brynne Wood tries on her sparkly, champagne-coloured princess gown and smells a hint of smoke. The dress was left hanging in an alterations shop in downtown Fort McMurray when a huge wildfire spread into the northern Alberta city in May. A dry cleaner did the best it could to get the stench...

Focus on middle-class

Aug 25, 2016 / 9:53 pm
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau cautioned his Liberal MPs on Thursday to resist resting on their laurels now that they have formed government, and to avoid becoming too distracted by the daily ups and downs of life in politics. "We should be proud of what we've accomplished, but never...

Rising river stalls cleanup

Aug 25, 2016 / 8:14 pm
Cleanup of an oil spill along the North Saskatchewan River will be put on hold as water levels are expected to rise by up to two metres in the coming days, a provincial government spokesman said Thursday. Increased flows caused by unusually heavy rainfall west of Edmonton are making their way...

Tidal project protested

Aug 25, 2016 / 8:11 pm
A group representing 175 Nova Scotia fishermen appeared in court Thursday in a bid to stop a plan to test giant electric turbines in the Bay of Fundy — an ambitious project that has been on the drawing board since 2009. The Bay of Fundy Inshore Fishermen's Association says the Cape...

Back to peacekeeping

Aug 25, 2016 / 7:56 pm
T he Liberal government will officially put the United Nations on notice Friday that Canada is ready to jump back into peacekeeping by promising to provide money, troops and police officers for the cause. The Canadian Press has learned that the much-anticipated announcement, which will be...

E.T., call Canada

Aug 25, 2016 / 7:50 pm
There's one things Canadians seem to be able to agree on - if we can't see it, it must be there. At least as it pertains to creatures from outer space. In a recent Angus Reid poll, 79 per cent of Canadians believed there was probably intelligent life elsewhere in the universe. Of...

Last evacuees trickle back

Aug 25, 2016 / 4:35 pm
Some of the last evacuees from the Fort McMurray wildfire are being allowed to return home after Alberta's top health officer approved the cleanup of their neighbourhoods. "I am confident that the municipality has the plans, mitigations and tools in place to ensure people returning to...

Case of the purloined pig

Aug 25, 2016 / 4:30 pm
A Calgary pub wants the bacon burglar who took off with Henry the pig to bring him back. Henry is a 14-kilogram fibreglass ornament that has been a fixture at the Unicorn Pub in the city's southwest for many years. Pub owner Mel Lafleur is appealing on social media for the safe return of...

Her $60-million secret

Aug 25, 2016 / 4:11 pm
A woman who has won the largest lottery prize ever in Saskatchewan knew something was up the morning she went to check her ticket. Mary Wernicke of Neville says she had "a feeling" the day she learned she had won the Lotto Max $60-million jackpot of Aug. 12. Five days had passed...

Native kids switched at birth

Aug 25, 2016 / 4:04 pm
Indigenous leaders say two men from a northern Manitoba First Nation have DNA evidence showing they were switched at birth — the second such alleged mix-up in the mid-1970s at the same federally run hospital. The men, who are to share their story publicly Friday, were born at the Norway...

Ukraine honours Harper

Aug 25, 2016 / 1:18 pm
Former prime minister Stephen Harper has been awarded one of Ukraine's highest honours. Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko granted the Order of Liberty to Harper to mark the 25th anniversary of Ukraine's independence this week. Past recipients of the award, which recognizes...

3 dead in crossbow attack

Aug 25, 2016 / 11:38 am
Toronto police say three people have died in what they are calling a homicide that may have involved a crossbow. Police say the bodies of two men and one woman were found Thursday afternoon in an east-end garage and at least two had what appeared to be crossbow wounds. They say a crossbow was...

Canadian among the dead

Aug 25, 2016 / 11:29 am
At least one Canadian is confirmed to have died during this week's devastating earthquake in central Italy. Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion revealed the news in a statement, though he did not identify the Canadian or provide other details. "I was extremely saddened to see the...

Degrassi actor charged

Aug 25, 2016 / 11:02 am
A former actor, his partner, and two other women have been charged with various sex and child pornography offences following an eight-month investigation, Toronto police said Thursday. Jason (Byrd) Dickens, who played a minor role in the TV series "Degrassi High," and Dylan Anne (Doll)...

10-year mystery unsolved

Aug 25, 2016 / 6:42 am
It's been a decade since 70-year-old Stephanie Stewart vanished while working alone at a wildfire lookout in dense mountain forest in northwestern Alberta. RCMP determined the healthy and adventurous senior, an experienced fire spotter who spent many summers living in the bush, was most...

Rallying for quake victims

Aug 25, 2016 / 6:13 am
The Canadian-Italian community is mobilizing to help after a deadly earthquake in central Italy killed at least 247 people and left thousands homeless on Wednesday The 6.2-magnitude quake struck at 3:36 a.m. and reduced three towns in central Italy to rubble. Bob Sacco, president of the...

Tornado in Windsor

Aug 24, 2016 / 10:42 pm
More than a dozen homes were damaged and at least three people injured Wednesday evening amid multiple reports of a possible tornado touching down in southwestern Ontario. Environment Canada said an eyewitness saw a tornado near LaSalle, a bedroom community near Windsor, at about 7:10...

Trudeau not the only ONE

Aug 24, 2016 / 9:01 pm
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has joined a social media campaign urging world leaders to acknowledge that poverty has a disproportionate impact on girls and women. "Women and girls are less likely to get an education, more likely to be impoverished, and face greater risk of disease and poor...

Ancient carbon a 'lit fuse'

Aug 24, 2016 / 3:23 pm
Researchers have confirmed the widespread release of ancient carbon from melting Arctic permafrost in what could be the lit fuse on a climate-change bomb. A paper published this week in Nature Geoscience has released the first measurements of greenhouse gases from permafrost under Arctic lakes....

Libs on spending hot seat

Aug 24, 2016 / 3:16 pm
The political pressure is mounting on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to outline specific measures to control spending among his cabinet ministers, now that two of them find their own practices under the microscope. New Democrat caucus chair Charlie Angus and ethics critic Alexandre Boulerice have...

Scalpel-free brain surgery?

Aug 24, 2016 / 3:05 pm
For years — decades, actually — Noreen Smith couldn't perform the simple actions of everyday living that most of us take for granted: drinking a cup of coffee; writing her name; styling her hair. Her dominant right hand would shake so violently that she had to try steadying it...

Mounties can wear hijab

Aug 24, 2016 / 3:03 pm
The RCMP says its female members can wear a hijab if they choose. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale's office says the national police force respects people of all cultural and religious backgrounds. The move is intended to reflect the country's diversity and encourage more Muslim...

Notley urges patience

Aug 24, 2016 / 2:03 pm
One day after pegging Alberta's deficit at almost $11 billion, Premier Rachel Notley says her government is aware it needs to balance the books. Speaking to union members in Ottawa, Notley said the solution is patience, not knee-jerk decisions. She told the audience that — quote...

Wind turbine collapses

Aug 24, 2016 / 1:14 pm
Two investigations have been launched into the collapse of an 80-metre wind turbine in Cape Breton, believed to be the first catastrophic failure of its kind in Canada. Montreal-based Enercon Canada Inc. confirmed Wednesday that workers were told to leave the tower before it buckled and toppled...

Payroll savings evaporate

Aug 24, 2016 / 10:49 am
The cost of fixing problems with the federal government's new payroll system continues to soar. Marie Lemay, deputy minister of Public Works and Government Services, says measures adopted to deal with a backlog of nearly 77,000 pay issue claims have already cost $25 million. But while...

Innovation to fix healthcare

Aug 24, 2016 / 10:10 am
Canada needs innovative solutions to improve home and primary healthcare so it can match other countries including Britain and Australia, which have overcome similar problems by spending less money, Health Minister Jane Philpott says. It's a myth that Canada has the best health-care system...

No charges for bear killer

Aug 23, 2016 / 8:46 pm
An Alberta government spokesperson says a U.S. hunter who posted a video of himself baiting and then killing a bear with a spear will not face charges. The spokesperson with Alberta Justice said the investigation into the video, posted on YouTube in June by hunter Josh Bowmar, is done and there...

Quebecois shooter guilty

Aug 23, 2016 / 6:54 pm
The man charged in the 2012 shooting death of a man outside a club where the sovereigntist Parti Quebecois was celebrating its election victory sat impassively Tuesday as he was convicted of second-degree murder. Richard Henry Bain, who shouted out "The English Are Waking Up" as he was...
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