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Teenager swims English Channel

Jul 22, 2014 / 8:30 pm

A 19-year-old from Swift Current, Sask., has successfully swum across the English Channel to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Canada. The news was announced on Twitter by the City of Swift Current, which congratulated Meghan Chisholm with the hashtag...

Couple reveals $50M lotto win

Jul 22, 2014 / 4:00 pm

How long can you keep a $50-million secret? Andrea and Bill Groner managed to keep their lottery windfall in the immediate family for seven months. But the Edmonton couple's exciting news is now out — they are the mystery winners of the $50-million Lotto Max jackpot from Dec....

Thief steals child's ashes

Jul 22, 2014 / 3:00 pm

EDMONTON - The parents of a nine-year-old boy killed in a plane crash are hoping a thief will return a cross necklace that holds some of their son's ashes. David and Crystal Pentecost moved to Edmonton from Manitoba two weeks ago to try to start anew after Dawson's death last year....

Mayor dies from wasp stings

Jul 22, 2014 / 1:40 pm

The death of a Quebec mayor who was stung multiple times after stepping on a wasps' nest while gardening is a tragic but cautionary tale for those who run afoul of bees, hornets or other stinging insects — especially if they have a severe allergy to their venom, experts say. Lucie...

Stabbing suspect heads to hospital

Jul 22, 2014 / 11:37 am

A man accused of stabbing five young people to death at a house party is to undergo a psychiatric assessment to determine whether he can be found criminally responsible if convicted. Matthew de Grood, 22, was charged in April with first-degree murder in the slayings at a celebration near the...

Human traffickers deported

Jul 22, 2014 / 10:30 am

Twenty members of a Hungarian human trafficking ring that brought people from eastern Europe with promises of a better life in Canada have been deported, Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney said Tuesday. He said the victims were forced to work illegally, live in deplorable conditions without...

Fruit recalled for possible Listeria

Jul 22, 2014 / 7:15 am

Some fruit products imported from California are being recalled due to concerns about possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the whole peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots are sold primarily under the Sweet 2 Eat brand. The products, being...

Duffy misspent over $200,000

Jul 21, 2014 / 1:08 pm

The RCMP has provided fresh details of its 31 fraud charges against Sen. Mike Duffy, accusing him of charging taxpayers for personal travel to funerals and providing payments for "illegitimate expenses" to four people. A new court filing alleges "inappropriate expense claims...

Festival death prompts concerns

Jul 21, 2014 / 7:45 am

What police are calling a suspicious death at the Pemberton Music Festival, north of Vancouver, has prompted concerns about security. Twenty-one-year-old Nick Phongsavath of Regina was found dead in a tent on festival grounds, and homicide detectives are investigating. Risa Payant, a festival...

Canadian teacher in jail

Jul 20, 2014 / 2:03 pm

The family of a Canadian teacher detained in an Indonesian jail on allegations of child sexual assault has been trying to enlist Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird to help win his release. Neil Bantleman, 45, was working as a learning co-ordinator at the Jakarta International School, a...

Flight declares emergency, lands

Jul 20, 2014 / 9:58 am

Air Canada says a flight from Edmonton landed safely in Toronto on Sunday morning after declaring an emergency. Spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur said in an email the emergency was declared after a flight control indication light came on. Arthur says the Airbus 320, flight AC1174, had 87 passengers...

Cdns at odds with govt priorities

Jul 20, 2014 / 9:05 am

Public-opinion research for the federal Finance Department suggests key government policies are out of step with Canadians' priorities, including the Northern Gateway project. Members of focus groups consulted prior to the February budget had "little enthusiasm" for the proposed...

Newfoundland: a bee haven

Jul 20, 2014 / 9:04 am

Newfoundland's healthy honeybees are an increasing draw for researchers in the race to understand why colonies across much of the globe are struggling or dying off. "There is definitely interest in what's happening here," said Dave Jennings, a director with the provincial...

Rob Ford's nephew runs in election

Jul 18, 2014 / 4:36 pm

Toronto may have a new Ford in town come this fall. Rob Ford's nephew Michael Ford has registered to run for councillor in a west-end ward currently held by the mayor's brother, Doug. Media reports say the younger Ford is in his early 20s and is the son of Rob Ford's sister...

Inflation rate at 2.4 per cent

Jul 18, 2014 / 8:21 am

Canadians continue to pay more for food, gasoline and most other consumer items, Statistics Canada said Friday as the annual inflation rate in the country rose to a new two-year high of 2.4 per cent in June. The one-tenth increase in the so-called headline inflation rate was matched by an...

RCMP charge Sen. Duffy

Jul 17, 2014 / 10:17 am

The RCMP laid 31 charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery against suspended Sen. Mike Duffy on Thursday. The charges involve Duffy's claims for living expenses, claims for travel expenses unconnected with Senate business and fraudulent contracts, said RCMP Assistant Commissioner Gilles...

6.0 earthquake near Yukon

Jul 17, 2014 / 10:12 am

A magnitude-6.0 earthquake has rattled parts of the Yukon. Natural Resources Canada says the earthquake was recorded just before 5 a.m. along the Yukon-Alaska border. The epicentre is about 300 kilometres west of Whitehorse. An earthquake report on the department's website says the...

The Fed's $57B EI case

Jul 17, 2014 / 7:39 am

The Supreme Court of Canada has sided with the federal government in a long-running legal fight with Quebec's leading labour organizations in a multibillion-dollar employment insurance case. The unions sued the Harper government after it decided in 2010 to close the old employment insurance...

Duffy to be charged

Jul 17, 2014 / 7:34 am

A year after they began piecing together their case against Mike Duffy, the Mounties are poised to lay charges against the former Conservative senator. The RCMP are to hold a news conference this morning detailing the charges. Duffy and his lawyer were informed Wednesday night and issued a...

Warrant needed for phone info

Jul 16, 2014 / 8:30 pm

Two major telecommunications firms — Rogers and Telus — say they will no longer routinely give basic customer information to police and security agencies without first seeing a warrant. The moves follow a recent landmark Supreme Court of Canada decision affirming the right to online...

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