The country's dampened economic prospects could put the Liberal government on pace for $90 billion in deficits over its four-year mandate, a new report said Wednesday. Research by the National Bank of Canada predicts the public books will sink deeper into the red due to the combination of a hobbled41 minutes agoThe Canadian Press
Due to her show-stopping performance, she may be en route to getting banned from Canada – if Toronto councillor Jim Karygiannis has anything to say about it. The pop star is slated to play at the Rogers Centre in Toronto as a part of her Formation tour in a few months. During the spot, Beyoncé gave shout-outs to the Black Panthers and Malcolm X. She also wore a bullet vest that was somewhat of a tribute to Michael Jackson’s 1993 halftime performance.
Imagine your realtor sold your home for $500,000 more than the price you agreed to — but you didn't see a penny of that extra cash. A controversial sales technique called "shadow flipping" allows realtors to score two or even three times their standard commission on a single house by reassigning the sale to different owners at ever higher prices. An increasing number of real estate transactions in the Vancouver region feature what's called an "assignment clause," which allows the buyer to transfer or sell his or her interest in the property before the closing date.
Everyone knows that the reason people have babies is so that they can pull hilarious pranks on them, and what’s funnier than introducing your baby to your identical twin brother? Stephen Ratpojanakul is the father of an adorable baby boy named Reed. Stephen also has an identical twin named Michael, and the brothers — who really do look exactly alike — thought it might be fun to mess with little Reed’s head for a bit.
Jennifer Leigh O'Neill describes herself as a sexual assault survivor and advocate for others like her. After following coverage of the sexual assault and choking trial of Jian Ghomeshi, she decided to head down to the Toronto courthouse with about six other people to make a statement with protest placards. "I came out because, basically, as a survivor of sexual assault who has gone through the court process and seen the accused found guilty, I feel it's important for us to show our faces during this court process," O'Neil said.
OTTAWA - Some quotes from a letter NDP Leader Tom Mulcair released Wednesday following the release of interim findings on the party's election campaign:
A newborn goat climbing a rock is the latest video to make its rounds and win hearts over the Internet. After being rejected by her mother and having to be bottle-fed, Violet becomes a wide-eyed wanderer in her “first day in the big world,” the Catskill Animal Sanctuary told The Huffington Post. The baby goat is captured running about with her short tail wagging and testing the strength of her new legs, as she props herself onto a rock.
On Feb. 10, 1956, a black flag flew over Bordeaux prison in Montreal as Wilbert Coffin walked to the gallows and became the 86th prisoner to meet his end with the state executioner. Coffin, convicted of murdering an American tourist hunting in Gaspé, maintained his innocence. "We never ever dreamt that my brother would go to the gallows," said Marie Coffin-Stewart, Wilbert's younger sister.
Dave Weidman of Toowoomba Snake Catchers 24/7 stumbled upon a rare yet gruesome sight when attending to a local call, according to The Telegraph. Weidman posted a video to the company’s official Facebook page on Sunday. In it, we find Weidman rummages through a client’s garage when he discovers two small-eyed snakes – one of which is already half-eaten by the other.
Tue, Feb 9: It's called a sextortion, and as Angie Seth reports, many kids are victims.
Canada's Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan met for the first time Wednesday with U.S. Secretary of Defence Ash Carter, who told him the U.S. will "intensify" its fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Sajjan's meeting with Carter comes two days after Canada announced it will pull its six fighter jets from the bombing campaign against ISIS by Feb.22, while increasing the number of special forces deployed on the ground to help train Iraqi forces. Sajjan is in Brussels for a two-day meeting of NATO defence ministers.
A Houston-area couple forced a Nigerian woman to care for their five children and home without pay during a two-year period in which she was physically and verbally abused, made to work nearly 20 hours a day and told to sleep on the floor, federal authorities say. Chudy and Sandra Nsobundu were arrested Monday on charges of forced labour, withholding documents, conspiracy to harbour an illegal immigrant and visa fraud. Authorities say the couple seized the nanny's passport, so she was unable to leave.
Toronto Police Deputy Chief Peter Sloly, whose recent criticism of police operations in Toronto was seemingly at odds with the service, is resigning after a 27-year career. Sloly, who applied to succeed Bill Blair in the top job last year but lost out to fellow deputy chief Mark Saunders, said he was not pushed out due to the contentious remarks. A statement from the Toronto Police Services Board said the resignation is effective immediately.
A Regina couple's love for food and cooking is behind a special restaurant in Regina's North Central neighbourhood. Mohammed Iqbal Ansari and his wife Ruby Iqbal are the loving owners of Ruby's Kitchen, located three blocks North of the Pasqua Hospital on Wascana Street. Iqbal cooked her first full meal when she was 12 years old.
Everyone complains about congestion in Toronto.
The Newfoundland and Labrador government announced Wednesday a new online service option for people looking to renew a driver's licence. Minister Eddie Joyce said in a statement the goal is to make licence renewal more convenient for all drivers. "With this new online service and 10 year photos, people can avoid line-ups, save time, and even save a trip to another community if the nearest motor registration office is located outside their area," said Joyce.
For nearly 50 years, Sirhan Sirhan has been consistent: He says he doesn't remember fatally shooting Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in a crowded kitchen pantry of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles. The Jerusalem native, now 71, has given no inkling that he will change his version of events at his 15th parole hearing on Wednesday in San Diego. During his previous parole hearing in 2011, Sirhan told officials about his regret but again said he could not remember the events of June 5, 1968.
Harrington is on an equalized payment plan of $174 a month, which he pays in full each bill, so he phoned the company to point out he had no such credit. "All this happened because they said they had a problem with their software," Harrington said. "These bills don't make any sense." said Harrington, shaking his head as he looked over the mound of paper bills in front of him.
Video footage of dad Jared Edmunds pushing his son Atticus’ wheelchair in a community skate park has gone viral, reports The Daily Mirror, and the touching video has made the shy eight-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, a minor celebrity. As for their visits to the skate park, not only are they a fun past time, but they also benefit Atticus’ health.
An Indian-American actor and designer who was turned away from an airline flight after refusing to remove his Sikh turban during a security check said he's "thrilled" that Aeromexico is vowing to overhaul its screening protocols. In an interview Tuesday night at a Mexico City hotel where he ended up extending his stay by two nights, Waris Ahluwalia also expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support on social media that he believes helped pressure airline executives to change and apologize. Ahluwalia showed an excerpt from an email that he said came from Aeromexico.
A man, 23, is now the third person to be charged with second-degree murder in the death last year of Matthew John Wells of Regina.
Tue, Feb 9: Hawaii's Big Island has declared a state of emergency over a dengue fever outbreak. Consumer Matters reporter Anne Drewa tells you what you need to know if you're planning a vacation to the tropics.
Things got a little awkward during a Monday night episode of the BBC show “Crimewatch,” for one host in particular. Hosts Jason Mohammad and Sophie Raworth were giving an update about a crime story involving Viktor Lakatos, who was imprisoned after being convicted for attacking an elderly man, Mashable reports. “In March we asked for your help in finding Victor Lakatos,” Raworth said on the show.
Plan F is the most popular Medicare Supplement plan, but there's another Medigap option you should consider.
For health workers battling Zika across much of Central America, the immediate menace is not the mosquitoes that transmit the virus. Armed and well-organized street gangs known as maras exert near-total control over entire neighbourhoods, using sentries to track everyone who comes and goes. In some cases, they deny access to health crews they suspect of working with police or a rival gang.
A young man from Lethbridge is telling the story of how he was injured by an unmarked wire that had been strung across a trail in the community, an accident similiar to one that killed a teenager from the same town in 2012. Jeff Coleman, now 18 and a student at Memorial University, said his accident happened July 9, 2010 when he was riding his 125cc Suzuki to a friend's house.
As weird as a “wearable chair” sounds, if you’ve ever worked a retail or service job that requires you to be on your feet for hours at a time, it could be heaven on earth. A company in Japan has created a wearable chair called the Archelis.
A new report says Saskatoon's downtown office market vacancy rate could reach 20 per cent by the end of 2016. The report by Colliers International showed that Saskatoon's Central Business District has a rising vacancy rate linked to the decline in the mining and resource sector. "A lot of the impact is due to the slowdown of the resource sector," Tom McClocklin, managing director of Colliers International in Saskatchewan, said.
A New Brunswick economist is warning that Atlantic Canadians will become second-class citizens because of its aging population.
The police say the thermal imaging system on the aircraft has been repaired several times and needs to be replaced. According to Air1's annual flight reports, the helicopter is currently equipped with a stabilized camera that can track people using heat signatures. A City of Winnipeg report to the finance committee notes it has set aside its share for a new $360,000 thermal imaging system.
Controversial changes to how French is taught in elementary schools were passed by trustees with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board on Tuesday night after a lengthy debate, and the trustees are defending their actions amid continued criticism. Starting this fall, kindergarten classes for all students will be bilingual with 50 per cent of the instruction in French and 50 per cent in English. And in Grades 1 through 3, math instruction for students in French immersion will switch to English.
Forest Lawn will soon be home to a halfway house run by the Calgary John Howard Society.
Amid hopes that Canadian manufacturing will drive economic growth in a country reeling from low oil prices, internal federal documents warn the sector's rebirth is staring at "significant" structural obstacles. In a recent memo addressed to Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains, advisers point to industry hurdles that include low productivity, poor innovation, a failure to scale up and weak participation in global value chains. The fate of Canadian manufacturing will have consequences that reach beyond the industry, the briefing note says.
This is the first time the territorial government has bought new water bombers, which are used to fight fires. The minister of environment and natural resources, Wally Schumann, says it makes more sense to buy the new Air Tractor 802 Fireboss aircraft than to upgrade the old fleet. It could have asked contractors to provide a fleet of aircraft as well as operate and maintain them, but Schumann says many northern companies would not have been able to bid on it.
One of the warmest winters in memory seems to be coming to an early end, at least you would think so if you were one of the people on Tuesday to have seen a mosquito.
Kurdish fighters helped by Russian airstrikes launched an attack in northern Syria on Wednesday in an attempt to capture a military air base held by Syrian insurgents, while an international aid group warned that the health system in parts of the north is close to collapse. Syria's Kurds have been among the most effective forces battling the Islamic State group, but have remained largely neutral in the conflict between President Bashar Assad and the rebels fighting to overthrow him. Maj. Yasser Abdul-Rahim, a rebel commander in Aleppo province, told The Associated Press that fighters from the Kurdish People's Protection Units, known as the YPG, are clashing with rebels near Mannagh air base.
When Twitter Inc reports results on Wednesday, a less than stellar showing could hammer the stock further as a broad selloff in the technology sector has made investors jittery. Twitter's shares have lost more than two-thirds of their value in the past 12 months and hit a record low of $14.32 on Tuesday. Investors want to see Chief Executive Jack Dorsey's strategy to reignite growth in user numbers.
Sophina DeJesus of the University of California gymnastics team delivered a near-perfect floor routine but the moments in between her tumbling runs are the reason why she’s gained so much popularity. DeJesus was competing against the Utah Utes at her home arena on Saturday. “I love dancing,” DeJesus told The New York Times about her unorthodox dance routine.
Charlotte Stephens says her family was walking along Botanical Beach when her husband made the grisly discovery. Investigators say it's difficult to determine how long the shoe was in the water, but they can get a sense of when the person would have gone missing based on its style and manufacturer.
Tue, Feb 9: The former CBC host’s sexual assault trial is close to wrapping up. Transcripts from Crown witnesses are likely to be the last evidence introduced. Christina Stevens reports.
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A 32-year-old Charlottetown man whose Porsche was filmed wildly careening down a city street has learned the hard way that amateur dash cams can provide a prosecutor's dream evidence. Steven Green pleaded guilty to dangerous driving last month and was sentenced on Tuesday to 10 days in jail after the video depicting his wild and swerving drive went viral. The video — which has close to two million views on YouTube — shows Green accelerating out of a stoplight, fishtailing and initially crashing into a concrete median.
A water expert who first raised concerns about lead in Flint's drinking water dismissed as "contrived" a city official's suggestion in an email that anti-corrosive phosphates weren't added to the Flint River because of worries that the chemicals would promote bacterial growth. Environmental engineer Marc Edwards of Virginia Tech told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the Sept. 3 comment by Howard Croft, the former Flint public works director, was "a hindsight explanation" that came shortly after Edwards and his associates went public with warnings that the city's drinking water was dangerous. "It's very obvious this is a contrived explanation after the fact and it makes no sense," Edwards said.
An elderly couple is reportedly unharmed after a harrowing video shot earlier this week shows them nearly getting swept away by giant waves. Posted Monday on YouTube, the video shows a man in a yellow jacket taking in the giant waves on a beach in Portsall, France.
Food banks in France will soon be giving out thousands more free meals a year thanks to a recently passed law forcing some grocery stores to donate unsold food to charity instead of throwing it out. The stores will also be required to give away food approaching its best-before date and stop the intentional spoiling food by soaking it in water or bleach, reports The Telegraph. The food will now have to be given to charities or farms, which would use whatever was not fit for human consumption as animal feed or compost.
Allyson Mitton’s took her two border collie dogs through a Sussex, N.B., Tim Hortons drive-thru, CBC News reports. Living outside of town, Mitton hooked up her two dogs, Shift and Braya, to a sled and made their way through the slushy, snow-covered roads to reach the popular doughnut and coffee shop, reports The Huffington Post.
The head of the Egg Farmers of P.E.I. supports the commitment of Canadian producers to get rid of battery cages by 2036. Animal welfare groups say the cages are cramped and inhumane. It will take time for some of the Island's eight egg farms to make the transition, explained John Dennis, chairman of the Egg Farmers of P.E.I. chairman.
Bernie Sanders won a commanding victory over Hillary Clinton in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday, and Donald Trump also scored a big win in a triumph of two candidates who have seized on Americans' anger at the Washington political establishment. Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist, beat a former secretary of state and first lady once seen as the all-but-certain Democratic nominee. While Clinton remains the favourite in the national race for the Democratic nomination, the win by the Vermont senator could be a springboard into a competitive, drawn-out primary campaign.
Panera wants to eliminate one of the biggest scourges of eating out — bungled orders. The devil, as they say, is in the details, particularly when it comes to all the adjustments people want for the sandwiches and salads on Panera's menu. Panera launched a campaign almost two years ago to modernize its operations.
The much-sought-after stock of Jamie Oliver knives was replenished at a St. John's Sobeys store Wednesday, only to be quickly depleted. At the Howley Estates store, off Elizabeth Avenue, staff brought out boxes of the knives around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday to a line of about 60 waiting eager shoppers. Once enough stamps are collected, they can be redeemed for an assortment of the Jamie Oliver line.
An appeals court Wednesday upheld Mississippi's method of lethal injection, rejecting arguments from death row inmates who opposed the state's plan to use drugs not specifically approved by state law. The 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate ruled incorrectly in August when he issued a preliminary injunction blocking the state from executing prisoners. It wasn't immediately clear if Attorney General Jim Hood would seek to set execution dates for prisoners who have exhausted their appeals.
A 13-year-old and a 12-year-old have died after the car they were riding in collided with a dump truck on Highway 153 near Saint-Tite in the Mauricie region this morning. The driver of the dump truck was also taken to hospital to be treated for shock. One car tried to avoid the stopped cars and smashed into the dump truck, police said.
If your dog’s retrieving skills amaze you, you soon might have a chance to test if your pooch is in fact, smarter than average. A study published this month in the journal Intelligence found that dogs that aced one test seemed to do well on others – just like humans. Scientists Rosalind Arden and Mark Adam also found the test could be used to accurately gauge a dog’s intelligence and noted that the quicker a dog responded to a test’s prompts, the more precise its responses would be.
For the thousands of Syrian refugees expected to arrive in the U.S. in coming months, the first order of business will be securing the basics — health care, jobs, education and a safe home. Iham Al Horani, a 32-year-old refugee living in Worcester, Massachusetts, said he has had little time to think about his mental health in between months of job hunting and shuttling his mother, recovering from sniper gunfire, to doctor's appointments. "It was difficult, what we came from," Al Horani said through a translator.
Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up in a northeast Nigerian refugee camp, killing at least 56 people, health and rescue officials said Wednesday. A third woman bomber was arrested and has given officials information about other planned bombings that helped them increase security at the camp, said an official of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency. Some 78 people are being treated for wounds from the twin explosions that occurred Tuesday morning in a camp of some 50,000 people driven from their homes by the Boko Haram Islamic uprising, according to health workers in Maiduguri, the biggest city in northeastern Nigeria and birthplace of Boko Haram.
Manitoba is changing how it counts the number of children in its care to exclude hundreds of cases such as Tina Fontaine's amid concerns it is being unfairly compared to other provinces. The 15-year-old, who was killed in 2014, was placed into the care of Child and Family Services voluntarily by her guardians. The province will no longer include children who are voluntarily placed in care as part of the overall number.
Premier Brad Wall is suggesting that it's not likely a northern Saskatchewan high school where two people were shot to death will be torn down. Wall says there are no immediate plans to demolish the school in La Loche and it will be utilized. Although, the premier adds it will be a school division decision.
Family Day on Feb. 15 is a provincial holiday in Ontario, meaning Quebec has a normal business schedule and federal government operations are running. But there are some closures and schedule changes to keep in mind in Ottawa.
Seeking to derail North Korea's drive for nuclear weapons, U.S. senators set aside their partisan differences on Wednesday to support legislation aimed at starving Pyongyang of the money it needs to build an atomic arsenal. The Senate is scheduled to vote later Wednesday on a bill to impose more stringent sanctions on North Korea. Sen. Bob Menendez, a Democrat, said for too long North Korea has been dismissed as a strange country run by irrational leaders.
An Annapolis Valley businessman has been sentenced to four years in jail after admitting to taking $8.5 million from the Royal Bank of Canada in what could be the largest fraud case in Nova Scotia history. Gregory Paul Burden, 66, falsified records to make it look as if his Kentville, N.S., company, Advance Commission Company of Canada Ltd., was more profitable than it seemed, Crown attorney Mark Heerema said Wednesday. "The books were being cooked - and they were being charbroiled," said Heerema, noting he could find no bigger fraud among reported court decisions in the province.
Approximately 60 cars were ticketed and towed overnight as snowplows were out clearing streets in Saint John. The city declared an overnight parking ban Tuesday for the north, east and west areas of the city to allow for snow removal. Sgt. Jeff LaFrance, the head of the Saint John Police traffic division, said he is surprised at the high number of snow ban violations.
Interim Opposition leader Jamie Fox is questioning why the P.E.I government has decided to prorogue the current session of the legislature. The province announced Tuesday that a new spring sitting would get underway on April 5 with a new speech from the throne. Fox said he wonders why that's necessary.
Good morning, Calgary! It's mainly clear and –2 C at the airport at 8 a.m. Here's what's happening in the city today.