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Pan Ams a ticket bonanza

Jul 30, 2015 / 11:54 am

Officers patrolling Toronto-area highways handed out 1,735 tickets for improper use of the controversial temporary high-occupancy lanes set up on for the Pan Am Games, police said Thursday. Another 2,000 tickets were issued along the Games road network for other Highway Traffic Act infractions...

Is benefit really universal?

Jul 30, 2015 / 6:28 am

"There is literally no circumstance where anyone could be worse off, because the increase in the universal child care benefit is so large that it compensates for everything else." — Employment Minister Pierre Poilievre, speaking last week in Halifax. It was billed as Christmas in...

Fahmy verdict delayed

Jul 30, 2015 / 5:50 am

Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy must wait at least another week to learn his fate after a verdict he anxiously expected today at his re-trial in Cairo was suddenly postponed until Aug. 8. Fahmy, who faced widely denounced terror charges and had spent more than a year in prison before a...

Abortion pill approved

Jul 29, 2015 / 10:20 pm

A quarter century after women in France were first given access to it, the abortion drug known as RU-486 is finally going to be available in Canada. Health Canada confirmed late Wednesday that it had approved the drug for use here, 2 1/2 years after the manufacturer's application was...

Longer, pricier election

Jul 29, 2015 / 5:49 pm

Stephen Harper is poised to fire the starting gun for the Oct. 19 federal election as early as Sunday. Sources say the prime minister is set to visit Gov. Gen. David Johnston within days, possibly as soon as Sunday, to formally dissolve Parliament and launch what will be the costliest and...

Batman has car trouble

Jul 29, 2015 / 6:16 am

When the Dark Knight has car trouble it's a recipe for traffic chaos. Drivers returning from Ontario's cottage country clogged Highway 401 near Napanee on Sunday evening as they watched Batman, in his Batsuit, working on his Batmobile. Julie Toole said she watched Batman "in full...

Bare breast protest

Jul 29, 2015 / 6:00 am

Dozens of people are expected to show up to a demonstration in Waterloo, Ont. Saturday in support of three women who were stopped by police for going topless. Alysha Mohamed and her two sisters, Tameera and Nadia, were on an evening bike ride in the downtown area of Kitchener-Waterloo on Friday...

Remains linked to 3 murders

Jul 28, 2015 / 12:15 pm

Mounties in Alberta say they may be dealing with a serial killer after identifying the remains of a woman south of Edmonton. RCMP Insp. Stacey Talbot says the remains found on a rural property near Leduc in April have been identified as belonging to Corrie Ottenbreit. Ottenbreit, a sex trade...

A three hour tornado

Jul 28, 2015 / 12:07 pm

**Warning, above video contains some explicit language** Officials were tallying damage Tuesday from a tornado that hit rural areas of southwestern Manitoba and lasted up to what Environment Canada called an "incredible" three hours. Video and photos taken by storm chasers showed a...

Sex scandal rocks military

Jul 28, 2015 / 10:04 am

A high-ranking Canadian Forces officer faces serious, sex-related charges involving allegations that stem from the mentoring of military cadets. The Canadian Forces National Investigation Service says Lt.-Col. Mason Stalker has been charged with 10 offences including sexual assault, sexual...

Inmate arrested in Canada

Jul 28, 2015 / 7:21 am

New Hampshire authorities say they have found two inmates — one of them in Canada — who left a transitional living facility in Manchester last week. Both inmates left for work from Calumet House on and never returned. Corrections officials say 43-year-old Charles Namiot and...

Pilot's tale of survival

Jul 28, 2015 / 5:21 am

A Russian helicopter pilot who spent more than 30 hours on an ice floe after ditching his small helicopter into frigid Arctic waters says he's not sure he would have survived much longer had searchers not seen his remaining warning flare. Sergey Ananov, 49, was on a solo, around-the-world...

Ottawa's sleazy secret

Jul 27, 2015 / 11:48 am

Comedian John Oliver is taking the residents of Canada's capital to task for their alleged extra-marital affairs. The host of "Last Week Tonight" chastised the inhabitants of Ottawa following a report that claimed nearly 190,000 people in the city were members of,...

Long campaign favours PM

Jul 27, 2015 / 9:37 am

The imminent federal election campaign will see more money splashed around than ever before in Canada and the deep-pocketed Conservatives can claim a decided advantage — an edge that increases exponentially if Prime Minister Stephen Harper opts for a longer campaign than usual, new...

Canada's math genius

Jul 27, 2015 / 6:05 am

The name Alex Song is spoken in reverential tones in Canadian mathematical circles. The 18-year-old won the International Mathematical Olympiad in Thailand in mid-July, achieving the rare perfect score in the two-day competition against more than 600 high school competitors from 104...

Missing chopper pilot found

Jul 27, 2015 / 5:58 am

Search and rescue officials say a helicopter pilot who was missing near Baffin Island has been found safe. Joint Task Force Atlantic says on its Twitter feed just before 7 a.m. that the Russian pilot was spotted on an ice floe, "alive and well." They say the Canadian Coast Guard...

Record haul at Pan Ams

Jul 26, 2015 / 9:52 pm

The true north strong and free is basking in glow of its most successful Pan Am performance in Canadian history. Going in to the games – that were held in Toronto - Canada set a goal of finishing second in the medal standings, and brought the team to do it by fielding the most athletes...

Soldier dies while training

Jul 26, 2015 / 5:24 pm

SHILO, Man. - A Canadian soldier in the reserves has died while training at a military base in Manitoba. The military issued a news release saying that Pte. Kirby Tott died suddenly Saturday afternoon at Canadian Forces Base Shilo. The release provides no details on the circumstances, but...

Former cabinet minister dies

Jul 26, 2015 / 2:38 pm

Flora MacDonald, who served as a senior cabinet member in two Conservative federal governments and made a run for the party's leadership in 1976, died Sunday. She was 89. MacDonald's long-time executive assistant Margit Herrman says MacDonald died in Ottawa _ the cause of death was not...

Kia Nurse to carry flag

Jul 26, 2015 / 9:01 am

Kia Nurse, who led Canada to a historic basketball gold medal, will carry the country's flag into the closing ceremonies of the Pan American Games. The 19-year-old from Hamilton exploded for 33 points in the Canadian women's thrilling 81-73 victory over the United States — the...

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