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Mass murder in Calgary

Apr 15, 2014 / 9:17 pm

The suspect in the stabbing deaths of five people at a Calgary house party is the son of a senior police officer, the police chief confirmed, calling the killings the "worst mass murder in Calgary’s history." Police have charged Matthew de Grood, 22, with five counts of...

Stabbing at school

Apr 15, 2014 / 7:10 pm

A lockdown at a Brampton high school has been lifted after police said a suspect in connection to a stabbing at St. Roch Catholic Secondary is not in the building. Peel Regional Police Const. Fiona Thivierge said officers were called to the high school – located at 200 Valleyway Dr....

Jim Flaherty: paying respects

Apr 15, 2014 / 3:07 pm

More than a thousand dignitaries and citizens lined up Tuesday to pay respects to Jim Flaherty, the former finance minister whose unexpected death last week shocked many across the country. As Irish songs played softly over speakers, mourners filed into a low-lit room, where Flaherty's...

No charges for Wright

Apr 15, 2014 / 3:01 pm

RCMP officials say Nigel Wright, former chief of staff to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, won't face criminal charges in connection with the ongoing Senate expenses scandal. Wright resigned as Harper's right-hand man after it was disclosed he wrote a personal cheque for $90,000 to Mike...

Mountie faces sex charges

Apr 15, 2014 / 11:22 am

Saskatchewan RCMP have charged an Alberta Mountie with sexual offences involving a 12-year-old girl in 1982. Insp. Ronald Makar faces one count of sexual intercourse with a female without her consent and one count of having sexual intercourse with a female under the age of 14. Makar was...

5 killed at house party

Apr 15, 2014 / 10:13 am

The son of a senior Calgary police officer has been taken into custody following a stabbing rampage at a house party in Calgary Monday night that left five young people dead. Calgary police say they were called around 1:30 a.m. MT to a home in the residential neighbourhood of Brentwood, where...

Star-gazers see 'blood moon'

Apr 15, 2014 / 8:59 am

While most of us were sleeping, star-gazers across the Western hemisphere were up overnight trying to catch a glimpse of the rare "blood moon" eclipse. As the sun, Earth and the moon moved into perfect alignment, eclipse lovers snapped dozens of pics of our planetary satellite. Their...
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Rampant use of meds in jail

Apr 15, 2014 / 7:02 am

Canada's prison watchdog has launched an investigation into the prescribing practices in federal prisons, after it was revealed that more than 60 per cent of female inmates across the country are receiving psychiatric medication. A joint investigation by The Canadian Press and CBC has...

Shaw cuts 400 employees

Apr 14, 2014 / 3:28 pm

After receiving a handful of tips on Monday about massive layoffs affecting hundreds of employees, we were anonymously sent the following letter which appears to be written by Bradley Shaw, CEO of Shaw Communications. "April 14, 2014 To: All Shaw Employees From: Brad Shaw A...

Harper: Putin poses threat

Apr 14, 2014 / 2:37 pm

Canada and Poland will announce a joint package to assist Ukraine when Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird visits Warsaw next week. Marcin Bosacki, the Polish ambassador to Canada, says in an interview with The Canadian Press that the assistance will include measures to strengthen Ukraine's...

Court allows cameras

Apr 14, 2014 / 12:39 pm

The public will get a front-row seat for a murder trial verdict as Manitoba launches a pilot project that will allow media cameras in select court hearings. A TV camera will be allowed into court Wednesday to hear the fate of Cassandra Knott, who is charged with the second-degree murder of her...

Nuclear product sent to Iran

Apr 14, 2014 / 12:15 pm

RCMP have charged an Alberta company with shipping a product to Iran that could be used in nuclear applications. Lee Specialties Ltd. of Red Deer faces charges under the Special Economic Measures Act, the Customs Act and the United Nations Act. Police say Lee Specialties was charged after...

900 SINs stolen from CRA

Apr 14, 2014 / 7:10 am

The federal tax agency says the social insurance numbers of roughly 900 people were stolen from its systems, which were left vulnerable by the so-called Heartbleed bug. The Canada Revenue Agency blocked public access to its online services for several days last week until it addressed the...

Home-equity program flaw?

Apr 13, 2014 / 11:40 am

A 24-year veteran of the Canadian military is taking the federal government to court Tuesday to recover thousands of dollars he lost on his home when he was posted to another base and got little compensation through a program that he says has caused financial hardship for dozens of members. Maj....

Ontario on flood watch

Apr 13, 2014 / 7:05 am

Parts of southern Ontario and Quebec are under flood watch with heavy rain expected to hit both regions in the coming days. Several dozen homes and businesses have already been evacuated in the Beauce region south of Quebec City, where there's a kilometre-long ice jam along a local...

Lunar eclipse this week

Apr 13, 2014 / 7:02 am

If they can stay awake, Canadians from coast to coast will get a chance to view a total lunar eclipse this week — the first of four that will occur nearly every six months. Total lunar eclipses occur twice a year but are not visible everywhere on Earth at the same time. The year's...

Conservative MP unseated

Apr 12, 2014 / 9:19 pm

Ron Liepert has defeated Rob Anders, the self-proclaimed “poster boy” for blue Conservatives, in the battle for the Conservative nomination in the rejigged riding of Calgary Signal Hill, Alberta. Liepert, who is 64 and a former member of the Alberta legislature, thought he had left...

Oil and gas top polluter

Apr 12, 2014 / 7:13 pm

An environmental analyst says the rise of oil and gas production as Canada's biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions adds further weight to calls for the federal government to bring in long-promised regulations for the oil industry. The Environment Canada report quietly released Friday...

NDP focus on Elections Act

Apr 12, 2014 / 3:37 pm

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair says with 18 months to go before the next election, he's focusing his party's sights on the federal government's Election Act overhaul, saying the hotly debated legislation should receive more scrutiny because it could undermine the rules of democracy. Mulcair,...

More winter for Prairies

Apr 11, 2014 / 9:01 pm

The winter that wouldn't die continues to plague the Prairies. Snowfall advisories were issued Friday in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, while in northern Alberta heavy snow and poor road conditions were considered factors in a multi-vehicle crash on Highway 63, the main road to the oilsands town...
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