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Bears invade Fort Mac

May 26, 2016 / 6:41 am
Wildlife officers in Fort McMurray have killed two black bears and captured and relocated two others that were roaming in and around the fire-damaged city. Alberta government spokesman Brendan Cox said that May 3 — the day more than 80,000 people were forced to flee a raging wildfire...

Trump's 'potty mouth'

May 26, 2016 / 6:31 am
Canadians looking to express feelings for controversial U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump need look no further than a Winnipeg nightclub urinal for relief. The men's bathroom in District Stop nightclub has been outfitted with a mural of the presumptive Republican candidate with a...

No ransom for terrorists

May 25, 2016 / 9:26 pm
A spokesman for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says there's a good chance the Group of Seven leaders will agree that their countries should not pay ransom to terrorists. Peter Boehm, Trudeau's personal representative at the G7, told reporters there's a good chance that position will...

Explosion injures one

May 25, 2016 / 9:04 pm
A propane explosion sent a 33-year-old man to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries in Flin Flon, Man., on Wednesday. Amanda Condie with Stittco Energy said the explosion occurred at the company's propane facility just before 7 a.m. and was quickly extinguished, but...

Canucks' dad talked murder

May 25, 2016 / 6:48 pm
The father of an NHL player and his mistress talked about staging a disappearance and a house fire in what the Crown alleges was a plot to murder their respective spouses. The bottom line: they needed to cover their tracks, a jury was told Wednesday. Brigitte Vey took the witness stand at the...

$222M for FN health care

May 25, 2016 / 6:42 pm
Ontario has pledged to spend $222 million over three years to improve health care for First Nations, especially in the north where aboriginal leaders declared a state of emergency because of a growing number of suicides. The Liberal government also promised to contribute $104.5 million annually...

Get that census in

May 25, 2016 / 4:25 pm
If you haven't filled out your census yet, you're likely getting letters chastising you. The 2016 census questionnaire was sent out in early May and while a surprisingly high amount of Canadians have enthusiastically and quickly filled it out, millions remain blank. According to...

Liberals to roll back changes

May 25, 2016 / 4:06 pm
The federal Liberals say they'll roll back changes to public-sector bargaining brought in by the previous Conservative government. Treasury Board President Scott Brison says in a release that portions of the 2013 omnibus budget bill will be formally repealed with new legislation when...

Oilsands spew aerosol

May 25, 2016 / 3:20 pm
A new study in the journal Nature finds that Alberta's oilsands are one of the largest sources of organic aerosol air pollution in North America. Data from airborne measurements over the bitumen-producing region in August 2013 found that oilsands production generates at least 45 to 84 tonnes...

Laser attack on chopper

May 25, 2016 / 2:14 pm
Police north of Toronto say a man pointed a laser at one of their helicopters just hours after the launch of a federal campaign meant to highlight the dangers of pointing lasers at planes. York Regional Police say the Air2 helicopter was flying over Richmond Hill, Ont., just after midnight...

Photo renews hope

May 25, 2016 / 1:04 pm
Canadian relatives of a missing five-year-old Syrian girl are appealing for help after a mysterious photograph surfaced on the Internet, suggesting she may have been the only member of her family to survive a bid to escape the war-ravaged country. Mohamed Masalmeh, a cousin of the dark-haired...

Soldier dies while training

May 25, 2016 / 11:52 am
Police say they have found nothing suspicious about the death of a Canadian soldier while training in New Brunswick. The Canadian Armed Forces issued a statement saying the soldier collapsed while taking part in physical training outside 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown. He was...

Capybaras escape from zoo

May 25, 2016 / 11:41 am
The hunt continues for two large rodents — dubbed by staff as Bonnie and Clyde — that escaped a Toronto zoo. Megan Price, a spokeswoman with the city's Parks, Forestry and Recreation division that runs High Park Zoo, says staff are focusing on the area's creeks as they search...

Harper prepares farewell

May 25, 2016 / 11:37 am
Former prime minister Stephen Harper is preparing to step down as a member of Parliament. Harper resigned as Conservative leader after losing the election last fall, but stayed on as MP for his Calgary riding. Sources confirm those days are coming to an end as he prepares to take an active...

Not criminally responsible

May 25, 2016 / 10:11 am
A Calgary man has been found not criminally responsible for killing five people in a stabbing rampage. A judge delivered the verdict today in the first-degree murder trial of Matthew de Grood. The 24-year-old son of a police officer admits he killed five people at a Calgary house party on...

Soldier dies in training

May 25, 2016 / 6:53 am
A Canadian soldier has died while training in New Brunswick. The Canadian Armed Forces issued a statement saying the soldier collapsed while taking part in physical training outside 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown. The soldier was taken to hospital where he was pronounced...

Party killing verdict today

May 25, 2016 / 6:46 am
A judge is to deliver his verdict today in the first-degree murder trial of Matthew de Grood. The 24-year-old son of a police officer admits stabbing five people to death at a Calgary house party two years ago but both the defence and the Crown agree he was suffering from a mental disorder at...

Warm with soggy days

May 24, 2016 / 10:06 pm
The Weather Network is forecasting a warm summer for the majority of Canadians but warns that rainfall will be "highly variable," bringing rapidly developing electrical storms to certain areas at times. Chief meteorologist Chris Scott says Mother Nature will be spreading the warmth...

Forced to reopen NAFTA?

May 24, 2016 / 8:59 pm
Canada might be forced to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement if the next U.S. president insists upon it, a Washington lawmaker said Tuesday. The California congressman said the northern neighbour is so trade-reliant on the U.S. that it couldn't easily ignore an American...

Finger lickin' gone?

May 24, 2016 / 5:03 pm
Tubs of fried chicken breasts and drumsticks used to be served with perogies and rice, hot desserts and puddings. An all-you-can-eat buffet at the Kentucky Fried Chicken in Weyburn, Sask. — believed to be the first of its kind in the country when it started in 1988 — is one of the...

Psychosis during stabbings

May 24, 2016 / 2:27 pm
The Crown agrees a young man was suffering from a mental disorder when he stabbed five people to death at a Calgary house party two years ago. The two psychiatrists and psychologist who testified last week at Matthew de Grood's trial did careful, thorough work and have vast experience...

World joins fire fight

May 24, 2016 / 12:10 pm
Officials say about 1,000 additional fire crews from across Canada, the United States and South Africa will be joining the fight this week against a massive wildfire near Fort McMurray. Senior wildlife manager Chad Morrison says the blaze continues to move northeast away from communities and...

Canucks' dad enters plea

May 24, 2016 / 11:29 am
Curtis Vey has pleaded not guilty to conspiring to kill his wife. The trial for the father of Vancouver Canucks forward Linden Vey began Tuesday in a Prince Albert, Sask., courtroom. The elder Vey and his mistress, Angela Nicholson, are both facing the same charges and both have professed...

Khadr can't get judge tossed

May 24, 2016 / 10:06 am
An attempt by Canada's Omar Khadr to have a judge thrown off his appeal panel has raised important legal questions that U.S. President Barack Obama and Congress should deal with quickly, a court in Washington has ruled. Nevertheless, the D.C. Circuit said it was not prepared at this time to...

Cops to record use of force

May 24, 2016 / 6:37 am
Mounties wearing video cameras must hit the record button when there is "a high likelihood" they'll use force against someone, says an interim RCMP policy on use of the devices. In general, officers have discretion as to when to turn on the body-worn cameras that clip on a uniform,...

$331.5M more in aid

May 24, 2016 / 6:12 am
International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau has announced an additional $331.5 million in humanitarian aid at the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey. Bibeau says in a statement Tuesday that the new funding will help the most vulnerable in more than 32 countries. Those...

Case of the missing trailer

May 23, 2016 / 8:22 pm
The owners of a restaurant south of Montreal are scratching their heads after a trailer emblazoned with their logo and photos of a giant hamburger disappeared. Co-owner Bobby Dimitriadis said two men in a grey pickup truck "very casually" hitched up the trailer and drove away with it...

Exploring an Expo 2025 bid

May 23, 2016 / 2:15 pm
Toronto Mayor John Tory says that he won't support a bid to host Expo 2025 unless the federal and provincial governments commit to footing part of the bill. He made his remarks in a written statement Monday after a group pushing for the bid released a letter signed by the prime...

Fort Mac faker charged

May 23, 2016 / 10:11 am
Police say a British Columbia man is facing charges for impersonating a Fort McMurray evacuee and allegedly taking advantage of people who were trying to help. The RCMP says they received a complaint from Family and Community Support Services in Claresholm, Alta., because they believed a man and...

Laser focus on danger

May 23, 2016 / 7:23 am
The federal government is set to launch a social media campaign to shine a light on the ongoing problem of people pointing lasers at planes. Transport Minister Marc Garneau is expected to unveil the details of the campaign on Tuesday in Toronto as the government tries to address what is fast...

Buskers: when to pay

May 23, 2016 / 7:09 am
When Montreal folk singer Jason Deeh Pitre performs for tourists in front of the stately Notre-Dame Basilica, he doesn't solicit money if someone asks him to be in on a souvenir snapshot. Three-quarters of the time, something gets thrown into his guitar case anyway. "I'm an...

Hard work just beginning

May 23, 2016 / 7:05 am
Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is getting high marks for leadership in handling the Fort McMurray wildfire crisis, but political observers say the disaster remains a dicey political proposition with limited upside and a lot of downside. Political scientist Duane Bratt says the process of getting...

Warning against gun registry

May 23, 2016 / 6:59 am
Retired Montreal police officer Marc Brisebois remembers always being grateful for any gun-related information that popped up on his screen whenever he was on patrol and called to a house. "If you have that in front of you, you can take a decision more quickly," said Brisebois, who...

No action on 'Action Plan'

May 23, 2016 / 6:57 am
Thousands of old "Economic Action Plan" signs dotting the Canadian landscape are not captured by a new federal advertising crackdown and will remain in place until whenever individual funding recipients get around to taking them down. The Liberals introduced new federal policies this...

Palliative care - where it fits

May 23, 2016 / 6:24 am
With the intense focus on the looming legalization of physician-assisted dying, the kind of help most Canadians facing death will actually seek for easing their suffering seems to have quietly faded into the background. Yet palliative care is intended to prevent the very end-of-life physical and...

Woman drowns in N.S.

May 22, 2016 / 4:43 pm
Police in Nova Scotia have confirmed a woman has drowned near Peggys Cove. Emergency workers responded to reports that a woman was struggling in the water Sunday afternoon. Halifax Fire and Emergency says local fishermen brought her to shore where rescuers attempted CPR. RCMP say the woman...

It's snowing in Calgary

May 22, 2016 / 4:05 pm
Anyone who thinks having a rainy May long weekend in the Okanagan is disappointing should be thankful they don't live in Calgary. While Okanagan residents dug out umbrellas and long pants, Calgary residents had to dig out snow shovels. The wet, heavy stuff began to fall early Sunday...

Firefighters help their own

May 22, 2016 / 3:59 pm
There are small teams of Alberta firefighters travelling to Fort McMurray who aren't on the front lines of the wildfire that's been threatening the city, but are instead helping by listening to those who are. Patrick Jerome, a Medicine Hat firefighter, is a member of his department's...

Evacuee to miss wedding

May 22, 2016 / 9:57 am
First the fire destroyed Kimberly Parson's home in Fort McMurray, Alta., and then she had to flee from an oilsands site where she worked, but the topper for the Newfoundland woman is that she can't attend her eldest son's wedding in Jamaica without her passport. The passport was one...

Escaped boa back home

May 22, 2016 / 9:44 am
Residents of Corner Brook, Newfoundland, can breathe easy after the owner of a missing three-metre boa constrictor says the snake was safely returned. Venus's owners say they found their stolen serpent in a duffel bag left in a basement at about 12 a.m. In a post on Wild World's...
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