Conservative leadership hopefuls made some last-ditch pitches for support Monday in advance of a key campaign deadline — and stanching the flow of illegal migrants across the Canada-U.S. border played a prominent role. Candidates only have until Tuesday to sign up new party members in order to buttress support for their leadership bids, so several — Kevin O'Leary, Maxime Bernier and Steven Blaney were doing their best to grab some Tory-friendly headlines. In an early email blast, businessman and reality-TV star Kevin O'Leary suggested using the Constitution's veto power, known as the notwithstanding clause, to block refugee claims from people who enter Canada illegally.
Two former aides to Republican Gov. Chris Christie were sentenced to prison on Wednesday for creating a colossal traffic jam at the George Washington Bridge for political revenge, a scandal that sank Christie's White House campaign and was attributed by the judge to a venomous climate inside state government. Bill Baroni, Christie's appointee to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, was sentenced to two years in prison, and Bridget Kelly, Christie's former deputy chief of staff, was sentenced to 18 months at separate hearings in the 2013 lane-closing case. U.S. District Judge Susan Wigenton said it was clear there was never a legitimate traffic study, as they claimed during the trial, and said the defendants sought to mislead the jury with their testimony.
A Mexican man who spent more than six weeks in immigration detention despite his participation in a program designed to prevent the deportation of those brought to the U.S. illegally as children was released from custody Wednesday pending deportation proceedings. A smiling Daniel Ramirez Medina hugged his brother in the lobby of a detention centre as he was freed, then hugged him again for the news cameras outside. Judge John Odell in Tacoma approved freeing the 24-year-old Ramirez on $15,000 bond until his next immigration court hearing.
The City of Burnaby lost the most recent round of its legal battle against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion Monday. The B.C. Court of Appeal has ruled against the City of Burnaby in a dispute with the National Energy Board and upheld that the NEB has the right to override municipal bylaws. This battle has been active since 2014 when Trans Mountain began field studies that involved cutting down trees in the conservation area on Burnaby Mountain and operating heavy machinery, which is against the city's bylaws.
The vote by the U.S. Congress to repeal rules that limit how internet service providers can use customer data has generated renewed interest in an old internet technology: virtual private networks, or VPNs. VPNs cloak a customer's web-surfing history by making an encrypted connection to a private server, which then searches the Web on the customer's behalf without revealing the destination addresses.
Monster trucks, hip-hop dancing and Game of Thrones all have one surprising thing in common now: Saudi Arabia. The kingdom, which bans movie theatres and other entertainment venues, is challenging its ultraconservative image and loosening the reins on fun by opening its doors to live shows, including some American ones. Clerics and many citizens still consider it all very sinful, but the growing entertainment scene has a powerful backer — the second-in-line to the throne.
By Tom Westbrook and Benjamin Weir SYDNEY (Reuters) - Cyclone Debbie wrought widespread but moderate damage in Australia's northeast, authorities said on Wednesday, as flooding rain and fallen trees slowed troops and emergency workers reaching the worst-hit areas. No deaths were reported a day after Debbie smashed tourist resorts, flattened canefields and shut down coal mines in tropical Queensland state as a category four storm, one rung below the most dangerous wind speed level. "It's looking promising in terms of being able to rebuild promptly with most of the major infrastructure intact," Queensland state police deputy commissioner Steve Gollschewski told Australian Broadcasting Corporation television.
Just when it seemed there was nothing else left to divide Israelis and Palestinians, some Jewish hardliners have found a new one: beer. The recent decision by a trendy pub in the northern Israeli city of Haifa to make Shepherds beer available sparked the controversy. "Traitors' bar! I call on everyone not to go there," read one of the comments on the Facebook page of the pub located at the traditional port in Haifa's Old City.
SEOUL (Reuters) - A consortium led by South Korea's SK Hynix Inc has offered to pay more than $9 billion for a majority stake in Toshiba Corp's memory chip business, the Maeil Business Newspaper reported on Wednesday citing unnamed sources. The South Korean media report said SK Hynix has partnered with Japanese financial institutions to bid for the Toshiba business. The paper did not name those Japanese investors. SK Hynix could not be immediately reached for comment. (Reporting by Se Young Lee; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)
By Marco Aquino LIMA (Reuters) - Extreme floods wreaking havoc in Peru are also threatening the South American country's rich archeological heritage and the tourism that thrives on it, a Peruvian archaeologist said on Tuesday. At least 50 archaeological sites in Peru have been damaged by the intense rains that are battering northern Peru, resulting in a drastic drop in related tourism, said archaeologist and explorer Walter Alva.
A 53-year-old woman walked into the intersection of Fort Road and 131st Avenue in front of Century Casino on a red light at around 1 a.m., said acting Sgt. Darren Sunley. According to surveillance video from Century Casino, the woman left the casino, Sunley said.
A proposed Holland College residence in Charlottetown would raze seven buildings containing accessible, affordable housing, a public meeting heard Tuesday night. Marcia Carroll, who lives in the neighbourhood, said the city needs to plan for the loss of that housing.
It is "bizarre" how often Nova Scotia schools are closed because of weather, and the number of days lost this year amounts to a crisis, an education expert said Tuesday. Paul Bennett, director of Schoolhouse Consulting in Halifax, said there has been an average of 12 lost days this school year in the province due to inclement weather, including closures at many boards Tuesday.
A "tranquil, welcoming, supportive" gathering will be held to mark the one-year anniversary of the devastating wildfire in northeastern Alberta. Mayor Melissa Blake says dawn-to-dusk gathering on May 3 at Snye Park in Fort McMurray allows friends and neighbours to come together, reflect, and share in a safe and supported community environment. The Rural Municipality of Wood Buffalo, of which Fort McMurray is a part, says no formal presentations will be made and all activities will be free.
Shawn Bergman says Canuck the crow must remain under care for treatment of head and other injuries following an incident over the weekend where the bird may have been hit with a stick while hopping along the sidelines of a local soccer game. BC Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals investigator Eileen Drever says she began an investigation after receiving reports that the bird was knocked unconscious, however no one who witnessed the attack has come forward. Bergman befriended Canuck more than a year ago and the playful antics of the curious creature led to a Facebook page with thousands of followers and a dedicated social media presence.
The wafting odour of marijana has created a pungent problem for some Kingsville residents, according to Mayor Nelson Santos. A town councillor has received complaints about the pervasive smell of pot in their neighbourhoods, which is likely the result of medicinal marijuana licenses that allow people to grow in their own homes, Santos explained. As a result, council has asked staff to provide more details outlining the federal laws that regulate the growth of medicinal marijuana.
Police in southwestern Manitoba are investigating more cases of animals found dead with their ears cut off. Brandon RCMP say three coyotes and a raccoon were discovered in the same area where a pony's remains were found a few days ago. A dead goat was along the same road in the Rural Municipality of Whitewater, about 15 kilometres south of Brandon.
Mountaineering expedition organizers in Nepal are sending huge trash bags with climbers on Mount Everest during the spring climbing season to collect trash that then can be winched by helicopters back to the base camp. Dambar Parajuli of the Expedition Operators Association of Nepal said Wednesday that bags have already been sent to the base camp to be carried by climbers, guides and porters to higher elevations. Each bag can hold up to 80 kilograms (176 pounds) of trash and can be hooked to helicopters at Camp 2 to be flown back to the base camp.
Four projects from low-tech to high-tech, but all related to health and well-being, are the finalists for this year's Yukon Innovation Prize. Sharon Katz, one of this year's finalists, is working on a theory that could lead to early detection of lung cancer caused by radon. "What I'm suggesting is that we can in fact develop such a tool, that will be based on chemical measurements of certain nuclei and a mathematical model," said Katz.
Tiny homes, swimming pools and hydroponics growing operations are just some of the creative uses people are finding for old shipping containers — and now, the upcycling trend is coming to Saint John. It's appropriate, given the prominent profile of the containers on Saint John's west side skyline. It's estimated that as many as 2 million of the giant metal containers are decommissioned every year, according to Victoria Clarke, executive director of Discover Saint John. Discover Saint John is inviting local architects, engineers and designers to submit their creative shipping container concepts to the Cargo-Tecture Design Competition.
A former Edmonton lawyer who was disbarred for cheating clients is now advertising his services on Kijiji, offering to tutor law students.
European regulators blocked the proposed merger of Germany's Deutsche Boerse and the London Stock Exchange on Wednesday, saying it would effectively have created a European monopoly in clearing bonds. The decision was expected after the London exchange said last month that it couldn't commit to selling its majority stake in the electronic bond market MTS, which would have alleviated the EU's concerns.
A St. John's marijuana advocate says legal pot could help Newfoundland and Labrador's ailing economy. Gideon Barker told CBC's Here & Now that the province should be ready to explore opportunities provided by the federal government's plan to legalize marijuana by July 2018. Barker said he the federal government is going to come up with a basic framework for legalization and leave the provinces to pick up the slack.
The consortium behind the construction of the new replacement for the aging Champlain Bridge has filed a $124 million lawsuit against the federal government and warns the new span might be delayed. Signature on the Saint-Lawrence, made up of several companies including Quebec engineering giant SNC-Lavalin, filed the documents on Tuesday in Quebec Superior Court. The lawsuit states those rules have meant finding alternate transportation for pre-cast concrete and other structural elements, which have resulted in scheduling delays and substantial costs.