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Fire growing in Manitoba

Jun 25, 2016 / 7:18 pm
The Manitoba government says strong winds have fanned a fire that's burned at the edge of two northern communities, but no structures have burned so far and there's rain in the forecast. The province says in a tweet that the fire near Easterville and the Chemawawin First Nation grew to...

Drone racing underway

Jun 25, 2016 / 4:01 pm
It's high-speed, high-tech racing where mid-air crashes are common -- but luckily, these pilots keep both feet on the ground. It's all part of the fast-growing world of drone racing, where participants don goggles that are linked to the drone's camera, giving them a live first-person...

Wary of new border rules

Jun 25, 2016 / 6:21 am
Canadian truckers fear a planned new border security measure will steer them into a complicated maze of U.S. law that dents their pocketbooks — or even creates immigration difficulties. The Liberal government recently introduced legislation that would step up the exchange of information...

Five dead in fiery crash

Jun 25, 2016 / 6:18 am
Multiple fatalities were reported in a fiery multi-vehicle crash Friday night on Highway 400 in north Toronto. Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Kerry Schmidt told The Canadian Press that based on reports from paramedics and fire department personnel at the scene police believed five people were...

Jail for mistreatment

Jun 24, 2016 / 3:34 pm
UPDATED: 3:35 p.m. A couple who failed to get proper medical treatment for their son who died of bacterial meningitis are going to spend time in custody. A judge in southern Alberta has sentenced David Stephan to four months in jail and his wife, Collet, to three months of strict house arrest...

Countess tours Fort Mac

Jun 24, 2016 / 3:30 pm
Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, has seen first-hand the destruction caused by last month's wildfire in Fort McMurray. Prince Edward's wife was greeted upon her arrival at the city's airport by Gov. Gen. David Johnston and Wood Buffalo Mayor Melissa Blake. They then boarded a bus...

Canadians fearful in Britain

Jun 24, 2016 / 2:05 pm
Canadians living and working in Britain say they're considering changing long-standing plans after the results of Thursday's referendum. The nationwide decision to withdraw from the European Union has many of them speculating about the impact the pending changes will have on their work...
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On trial for swearing

Jun 24, 2016 / 2:01 pm
In a case one civil libertarian warns could set a "very chilling precedent," a Nova Scotia man will face trial for swearing in public. Joseph Currie was arrested during a Halifax protest against the Conservatives' anti-terror legislation, Bill C-51, last year, and charged with...

Rejoicing over beheadings

Jun 24, 2016 / 9:01 am
Abu Sayyaf extremists rejoiced as they watched two Canadians being beheaded in the jungles of the southern Philippines, said a still-shocked Filipino hostage who was freed Friday. Marites Flor tearfully recalled to reporters the moments when Canadians John Ridsdel and Robert Hall were handcuffed...

Doing its bit to control GHG

Jun 24, 2016 / 6:28 am
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she told an environmental review panel on the Trans Mountain Pipeline that her province is doing its bit to control greenhouse gas emissions. Notley says she told the three-member panel that Alberta's climate plan will cap oilsands emissions to 100...

To dam or not to dam

Jun 24, 2016 / 6:20 am
A controversial proposal for a dam designed to mitigate flooding in Alberta is undergoing a federal review. The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency is asking for comment until July 25 about the impact of the Springbank reservoir project. The project would see gates upstream of Calgary...

What murders, says defence

Jun 23, 2016 / 4:49 pm
The lawyer for a man accused of killing two great-grandparents, burning their motor home and hiding their bodies said the case against his client is just speculation. "Where's the beef?" asked Brian Beresh Thursday in his closing arguments in defence of Travis Vader. Beresh told...

Senate wants cash from Duff

Jun 23, 2016 / 3:35 pm
The interminable spectre of the Mike Duffy spending scandal reared its ugly head yet again Thursday as the Senate found itself once more locked in a battle with the controversial senator over dubious expenses. This time, however, the expenses in question were from claims well-canvassed during...

Priests, kids can't be alone

Jun 23, 2016 / 2:46 pm
Priests and anyone else in "the orbit of the church" will be forbidden from being alone with children and other vulnerable people as part of a pilot project, the Roman Catholic archdiocese of Montreal said Thursday. The goal is to create a "safety net" for everyone associated...

Canada Post strike looms

Jun 23, 2016 / 12:46 pm
UPDATE: 12:45 a.m. Municipalities are starting to warn people that a looming Canada Post strike or lockout could have implications to their tax bill. The City of Kamloops, for example, is warning people to take precautions with their property tax payments and homeowner grant...

Crown didn't prove case

Jun 23, 2016 / 11:42 am
The lawyer for a man accused of killing two great-grandparents, burning their motor home and hiding their bodies says the case against his client is just speculation. Brian Beresh told a court in Edmonton that the Crown has failed to prove the most basic elements of its case against Travis...

Woman dies on base

Jun 23, 2016 / 6:49 am
UPDATE: Ontario Province Police say foul play is not suspected in the death of a 32-year-old woman at Canadian Forces Base Trenton in eastern Ontario. The OPP says military police contacted them Tuesday after discovering the body of Jasmine Reid in her residence at the sprawling air...

Sentencing in child's death

Jun 23, 2016 / 6:48 am
Sentencing arguments are scheduled to begin today for a southern Alberta couple found guilty of failing to provide the necessaries of life to their toddler son who died of bacterial meningitis four years ago. David Stephan, 32 and Collet Stephan, 35, whose family helped start a nutritional...

Daring flight to South Pole

Jun 23, 2016 / 6:41 am
Two people who fell ill while working at the U.S. research station at the South Pole have been evacuated by a small plane that made the daring rescue flight in Antarctica's harsh winter. The National Science Foundation said the two workers arrived safely late Wednesday in Punta Arenas, the...

Too much Trudeau PR

Jun 23, 2016 / 5:00 am
Canadians generally approve of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s performance so far, but many feel the Liberals have put too much emphasis on PR and photo ops. A recent Angus Reid poll found Trudeau has a job approval rating of 63 per cent across Canada, but 36 per cent of respondents say...

Connect the dots on Vader

Jun 22, 2016 / 4:06 pm
A judge has been asked to connect the dots and convict the man accused of killing a missing Alberta couple. The Crown lacks what are normally crucial pieces of evidence such as the bodies of the victims or what may have been used to kill Lyle and Marie McCann. But prosecutor Ashley Finlayson...

Sorry for targeting gays

Jun 22, 2016 / 3:18 pm
Toronto's police chief says the force "regrets" raids more than 35 years ago that explicitly targeted the city's gay community. Mark Saunders addressed a series of raids of Toronto bathhouses in 1981 that saw officers barging into four bathhouses, where they rounded up the...

Royal visit to Fort Mac

Jun 22, 2016 / 3:15 pm
Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, is to visit the fire-damaged city of Fort McMurray in northern Alberta on Friday. The countess, wife of the Queen's youngest son, Prince Edward, is to be accompanied on the visit by Gov. Gen. David Johnston. The announcement out of Ottawa came as Edward and...

Mayor returns after affair

Jun 22, 2016 / 1:29 pm
The mayor of London, Ont., says he's returning to work a week after temporarily stepping aside in the wake of admitting a brief "inappropriate personal relationship" with the deputy mayor. Saying "what occurred should never have happened," Matt Brown told a news...

We already have a leader

Jun 22, 2016 / 1:19 pm
Alberta's Wildrose opposition caucus says Conservative MP Jason Kenney is welcome to come home to unite the right, but says party leader Brian Jean is in charge and isn't going anywhere. In a statement the caucus doesn't mention Kenney by name, but says anyone who wants to unite...

Drug in blood, pills in pants

Jun 22, 2016 / 10:38 am
A Cape Breton man who died in his cell had near-fatal levels of methadone in his blood as he entered the jail and a bag full of pills in his pocket, according to an autopsy report that has raised questions about how jails monitor dangerously intoxicated inmates. "How come nothing was...

Stay in EU, Trudeau urges

Jun 22, 2016 / 10:36 am
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he wants to see Britain remain in the European Union so it can continue to be a strong voice in support of trade and economic prosperity. Trudeau is commenting on the eve of a pivotal British referendum that will decide whether the country remains part of the...

Daring South Pole rescue

Jun 22, 2016 / 10:15 am
A Canadian-owned Twin Otter turboprop plane left the South Pole on Wednesday with a sick worker in a daring rescue mission from a remote U.S. science outpost, federal officials said. In an international effort, the plane started the approximately 2,400-kilometre flight to Rothera, a British...

Great Lakes water worry

Jun 22, 2016 / 6:27 am
A Wisconsin city has been given the green light to draw water from the Great Lakes after eight states approved a precedent-setting request that had raised concerns in Canada and the U.S. The go-ahead means the city of Waukesha has become the first exception to an agreement banning diversions of...

New way to track homeless

Jun 22, 2016 / 6:16 am
The federal government is going to be asked today to trade its so-called "point-in-time" counts of the country's homeless in favour of real-time lists of people who are homeless or living in poverty. Counting and tracking the country's homeless is an elusive and challenging...

PM marks Aboriginal Day

Jun 21, 2016 / 6:42 pm
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in vintage form Tuesday as he took part in a ceremony marking the 20th annual National Aboriginal Day. Trudeau attended a sunrise ritual on the shore of the Ottawa River wearing moccasins and a buckskin jacket that the Prime Minister's Office said was owned...

Crosby at crossroads

Jun 21, 2016 / 1:59 pm
Halifax council unanimously voted to consider renaming a suburban street after hockey star Sidney Crosby, despite some councillors' reservations the city should pay tribute to "more than just athletes." Lorelei Nicoll, the councillor for Cole Harbour, put forward the motion to look...

Got yer goat?

Jun 21, 2016 / 12:07 pm
They're lean, mean, eating machines. Calgary has introduced 106 goats to a city park in an experimental effort to wipe out noxious weeds — most notably the Canada thistle. Three goatherders will monitor the herd 24 hours a day over the next three weeks as Calgary looks for a more...

We're foster parentless

Jun 21, 2016 / 11:01 am
Canada is having a foster-parent crisis, with so few people willing to serve that one province is preparing to house infants in group homes if necessary. On Prince Edward Island, there are just 60 foster homes for about 225 children in care. As a result, cribs have been put in five provincial...

Muslim mom spat on

Jun 21, 2016 / 10:33 am
Police are looking for a female suspect after a woman was punched, spat on and had her hijab pulled in a London, Ont., supermarket. Investigators say the alleged victim was shopping with her four-month-old son late Monday afternoon when they were approached by a woman who began yelling at...

Liberals 'idle' on change

Jun 21, 2016 / 9:36 am
Almost four years after the previous Conservative government helped spark the Idle No More indigenous movement with sweeping, unilateral changes to fisheries, navigable waters and environmental assessments, the federal Liberals are making the first, tentative moves to alter course. But advocates...

Easier for gay men to give

Jun 21, 2016 / 9:27 am
Health Canada is making it easier for gay men to give blood, so long as they have been celibate for one year. Canadian Blood Services and Hema-Quebec will now be allowed to accept blood from men who have had sex with men as recently as one year ago. "It's certainly a step in the...

Detained Canadian returns

Jun 21, 2016 / 6:18 am
A Canadian man who was detained for nearly two years in the United Arab Emirates has returned to Canada. Salim Alaradi arrived at Toronto's Pearson International Airport just before 6 p.m. on Monday, telling family, friends and media upon arrival that he was overwhelmed to be home after the...

PM marks Aboriginal Day

Jun 21, 2016 / 6:16 am
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in vintage form as he took part Tuesday in a ceremony marking the 20th annual National Aboriginal Day. Trudeau attended a sunrise ritual on the shore of the Ottawa River wearing moccasins and a buckskin jacket that his office said was owned by his father, the...

Glad to be in Canada

Jun 20, 2016 / 9:12 pm
A Canadian man who was detained for nearly two years in the United Arab Emirates has returned to Canada. Salim Alaradi arrived at Toronto's Pearson International Airport just before 6 p.m. on Monday, telling family, friends and media upon arrival that he was overwhelmed to be home after the...
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