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Learning from police tragedy

Feb 9, 2016 / 2:45 pm
More than 3,300 RCMP officers across Canada have been trained in the use of patrol carbine firearms and that number is expected to double over the next year as the force responds to recommendations stemming from the shooting deaths of three Mounties. Deputy Commissioner Janice Armstrong said...

Huge DNA hunt for killer

Feb 9, 2016 / 1:54 pm
The 11-year-old girl was last seen walking home from a birthday party. Teresa Robinson's remains were found in May by searchers on the Garden Hill First Nation in northern Manitoba. It was initially thought she had been attacked by a bear, but police soon ruled the death homicide. Now,...

Why do teens take risks?

Feb 9, 2016 / 6:52 am
We've all got one — a story from our teenage years about a risky decision that we look back on with a mixture of pride and dread at the thought of what could have happened had something gone wrong. The deaths of 17-year-old twin brothers who police say scaled a fence with six other...

5,000 messages exchanged

Feb 8, 2016 / 1:47 pm
Jian Ghomeshi's sexual assault trial is hearing that two of the complainants who testified against the disgraced broadcaster discussed the allegations in thousands of messages they exchanged before and after they went to police. The third woman to testify against Ghomeshi said earlier on...

Families angry & cynical

Feb 8, 2016 / 1:45 pm
Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett met with the families of missing and murdered aboriginal women in Winnipeg on Monday and said she noticed a different tone from similar meetings in other cities. "Today we heard many things a little bit different than other places," Bennett...

Canada's fight against ISIS

Feb 8, 2016 / 1:08 pm
Five things to know about Canada's newly retooled role in the mission against the militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant: Military operation Canada plans to extend the mission until March 31, 2017, in a non-combat role to advise, assist and equip local forces at a cost of...

Snow day with no snow

Feb 8, 2016 / 12:41 pm
A Maritime school board defended its decision to cancel classes hours before snow even started falling Monday, as critics questioned whether boards are too quick to call snow days that inconvenience parents and cost teaching time. The Halifax Regional School Board was criticized on social media...

Life for killer dad

Feb 8, 2016 / 9:01 am
A Toronto father who starved or drowned his daughter to death two decades ago has been jailed for life without parole eligibility for 25 years. Everton Biddersingh, 60, was sentenced today for the first-degree murder of his 17-year-old daughter, Melonie. Court heard three impact statements...

No more bombs: Trudeau

Feb 8, 2016 / 8:30 am
Canada's fighter jets will end their fight in Iraq and Syria within two weeks, and be replaced by what the Liberal government is calling an expanded mission focused on training local security forces and helping to rebuild the shattered region. Canadian bombs will stop falling by Feb. 22, but...

Trudeau to lay out ISIL plan

Feb 8, 2016 / 8:25 am
The Liberal government is expected to finally lay out Canada's contribution to the war against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has scheduled a news conference for Monday in Ottawa where he'll be joined by Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan,...

Luge track likely not liable

Feb 8, 2016 / 8:15 am
It is unlikely the operator of a high-performance training facility in Calgary would be held legally responsible for the deaths of two teenage brothers who took an after-hours toboggan run down an Olympic luge-bobsled track, says a liability lawyer. Peter Collins said the fact that twins Jordan...

A template for Uber?

Feb 8, 2016 / 8:10 am
Cab drivers in Edmonton protested for months at city hall, some of them pulling off their shirts, as councillors debated whether to pass a new bylaw legalizing ride-sharing companies such as Uber. As similar revolts played out across Canada, the Alberta capital sped ahead late last month and...

Victims grilled in trial

Feb 7, 2016 / 6:22 pm
A military law expert says fallout from the lurid spectacle of the Jian Ghomeshi trial could make the Canadian military's effort to stamp out sexual misconduct much harder. Retired colonel Michel Drapeau says the grilling that the alleged victims received in the witness box will almost...

Trudeau talks war on ISIS

Feb 7, 2016 / 5:16 pm
The Liberal government is expected to finally lay out Canada's contribution to the war against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has scheduled a news conference for Monday in Ottawa where he'll be joined by his defence and international development...

Twins died at bobsled track

Feb 7, 2016 / 11:46 am
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...

East Coast double whammy

Feb 7, 2016 / 11:16 am
Environment Canada is warning some Atlantic Canadians to brace for back-to-back winter storms early this week. The national weather forecaster says a significant winter storm is expected to develop off the United States eastern seaboard today and track northward on Monday. It says snow will...

No winner in 6-49 draw

Feb 7, 2016 / 7:34 am
No one has the winning ticket for the $7-million jackpot in Saturday night's Lotto 6-49 draw. The jackpot for the next draw on Wednesday night will be approximately $10 million. The lottery's grand prize was last won Jan. 30, when someone in Ontario held a ticket worth $18.3 million.

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...
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