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Toronto police chief losing job

Jul 30, 2014 / 11:25 am

Toronto's top police officer, Bill Blair, who has been a frequent target of Mayor Rob Ford's wrath, will lose his job in April after the police services board on Wednesday rejected his request to renew his contract. The board offered no substantive reasons in a statement announcing its...

Another prison escape in Quebec

Jul 30, 2014 / 7:45 am

Police in Quebec are hunting for a convicted murderer who escaped from a prison in Laval, north of Montreal, early Tuesday. Robert Gaudette was discovered missing during a head count at the Federal Training Centre, which is listed as both a minimum and medium security facility. The...

Terry Fox day in Manitoba

Jul 30, 2014 / 7:09 am

Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger plans to name the civic holiday in August after Terry Fox. Fox was born in Winnipeg in 1958 and raised money for cancer research with a planned cross-country run called the Marathon of Hope in 1980. He had to stop his marathon near Thunder Bay, Ont., as his...

Canada hacked by Chinese

Jul 30, 2014 / 6:38 am

The recent infiltration of National Research Council of Canada computers by Chinese hackers comes as the agency is working on an advanced computer encryption system that is supposed to prevent such attacks. The cyber assault has been met with sharp criticism of the Chinese government by Ottawa...

Flight issues for ex-premier

Jul 30, 2014 / 6:31 am

Former Alberta premier Alison Redford is denying any personal wrongdoing associated with findings by the auditor general that passenger lists on government aircraft were altered so she could fly alone. Redford issued the denial via Twitter on Tuesday, noting she has not been able to read the...

Gang members arrested

Jul 29, 2014 / 9:48 am

Police say a member of the B.C.-based Red Scorpions gang and three associate members have been arrested in central and southern Alberta. CTV Vancouver is reporting that search warrants executed in Airdrie, Red Deer and Calgary last week focused on the gang's drug-trafficking operation and...

Plan needed for 'dumpcano'

Jul 28, 2014 / 8:30 am

Government officials are to meet this week to consider a plan for putting out a dump fire that has been fouling the air in Nunavut's capital for more than two months. The city of Iqaluit just doesn't have the $2.2 million it would take to quench the blaze and its nostril-searing smoke,...

Beer for Rob Ford food fight

Jul 28, 2014 / 6:46 am

A Toronto man has been charged after police say an online post urged people to throw food at Mayor Rob Ford during a party in a city park. Police say they became aware Thursday of an Internet post on a Toronto-based website that referred to the annual "Ford Fest" event to be held the...

Bird plucker defends herself

Jul 27, 2014 / 7:25 pm

A Facebook posting says a woman caught on video in a Montreal subway train apparently plucking and eating a bird was only preparing "country food" for a meal at home. A woman, who identifies herself on Facebook as Christina David and an Inuk, says she's not "crazy" and...

Feminist disappears from history

Jul 27, 2014 / 3:49 pm

The Harper government has spent millions to commemorate the War of 1812 and other episodes from Canadian history, but has also erased at least one inspiring piece of the past. Therese Casgrain, a feminist icon and Quebec heroine who died in 1981, has been quietly removed from a national honour,...

Prisons to test monitoring devices

Jul 27, 2014 / 3:45 pm

High-risk offenders in Ontario and Quebec are among the inmates slated to take part in a federal prison service pilot project to test the effectiveness of electronic monitoring devices. Research data will be collected for at least two years before a decision is taken on further use of the...

Bees sting PM's wife in Toronto

Jul 27, 2014 / 1:53 pm

Prime Minister Stephen Harper's wife probably would have preferred a taste of honey but ended up on the business end of a bee sting. Laureen Harper was taking a look at a bee hive on the rooftop of Toronto's Royal York hotel Sunday, but she and the hotel chef got a bit close and were...

Car rams Costco, kills 6-year-old

Jul 27, 2014 / 9:39 am

A six-year-old child who was injured after being hit by a car that crashed through the front doors of a London, Ont., Costco has died. On Friday, the collision injured six and caused panic among those shopping in the busy store (on Wellington Road South). Police have identified the...

Electric cars hindered by utilities

Jul 27, 2014 / 9:29 am

Ontario's overabundance of utility firms may pose a major roadblock to the province's plan to boost electric car ownership, some experts say. The experts say Ontario's 75 independently operated utilities often overlap their efforts and breed inefficiency, holding back upgrades needed...

2 dead after plane crash

Jul 27, 2014 / 8:20 am

Two people have been killed in a small plane crash near Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. Transportation Safety Board spokesman Bill Yearwood says the plane, an "amateur built" Avid amphibious aircraft, crashed on takeoff from the Nanaimo Airport in Cassidy Saturday evening. Cassidy is...

Man gets one-year for break-in

Jul 26, 2014 / 9:06 pm

An Alberta man has received a one-year sentence for his role in the theft of a ring belonging to Olympic curling champion Brad Jacobs. RCMP say Terrell Cardinal, 23, pleaded guilty in Alberta provincial court earlier this week to two counts of break-and-enter, which happened at a motel room in...

Man threatens airline, out on bail

Jul 26, 2014 / 7:22 pm

A 25-year-old man charged in connection with what authorities allege was a security incident on a flight from Toronto to Panama City is being released on $1,000 bail. Ali Shahi appeared in a Brampton, Ont., court on Saturday. Sunwing Airlines says its plane turned around about 45 minutes into...

Canada must not falter vs Russia

Jul 26, 2014 / 3:17 pm

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the western world can't soften its tough stand toward Russia over the crisis in Ukraine, even at the expense of the economy. In an unusual move, Harper has written an editorial on the situation in Ukraine that was published in Saturday's Globe and...

Gov't insists EU talks on track

Jul 26, 2014 / 1:38 pm

The Canadian government isn't commenting directly on a report Germany is poised to reject a proposed trade deal between Canada and the European Union, instead insisting that work to finalize the agreement remains on track. The German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung cited diplomats in Brussels...

Robot to hitchhike across country

Jul 26, 2014 / 10:37 am

Travellers in Canada may have some unusual company on the highway this summer as a Wellie-wearing, social media-savvy robot hits the road on a mission to hitchhike its way from Halifax to Victoria. Hitchbot sets off Sunday on its own to collect stories, meet fellow adventurers and chronicle its...

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