The family of Apotex founder Barry Sherman and his wife, Honey, are criticizing reports speculating about the cause of the couple's deaths ahead of the release of autopsy findings. "We are shocked and think it's irresponsible that police sources have reportedly advised the media of a theory which neither their family, their friends nor their colleagues believe to be true," the statement continued. The Sherman family statement called for a thorough and objective investigation by police and requested that media not report further on any cause of death until the investigation is complete.
Dozens of members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada rallied in Vancouver, Saturday, protesting what they call "intrusive" powers granted to United States border security officials. Workers said they are concerned about Bill C-23, which grants U.S. customs and border officials the right to detain Canadians in pre-clearance centres at Canadian airports, cruise ship terminals and other points of departure. "Bill C-23 is draconian legislation that actually gives U.S. Homeland Security officers the power to deny Canadian workers their jobs – in our own country," said ILWU Canada President Rob Ashton.
Sgt. Kerry Schmidt, spokesperson for the OPP's Highway Safety Division, identified the victim as Jacob Knowlton. Knowlton was driving the SUV and was its lone occupant. The transport truck driver was uninjured. The eastbound lanes of Highway 401, which were closed from Liberty Street to Bennett Road as officers investigated the crash, have been reopened. The crash was east of Toronto.
One person is dead after a collision 95 kilometres south of Fort McMurray on Saturday, RCMP said. Police received a 911 call about the crash on Highway 63, at about 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Teri-Ann Deobald confirmed.
Best friends, soulmates, fiancees and boyfriends: that's how friends and family are remembering some of the four Ontario utility workers who were killed in a helicopter crash in eastern Ontario on Thursday. The men, identified by Hydro One on Saturday as 39-year-old James Barager, 27-year-old Kyle Shorrock, and Jeff Howes and Darcy Jansen, both 26, were working on a transmission tower in Tweed, Ont., and crashed when the chopper was approaching to land. Jansen's mother, Brenda Jansen, said her son — a line technician from Long Sault, Ont. — was an outdoorsy person and an avid guitar player.
The ex-wife of former NBA player Lorenzen Wright has been charged in his slaying, more than seven years after his body was found in a field in his hometown of Memphis. Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings said Saturday that Sherra Wright has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Lorenzen Wright, who played for five teams over 13 seasons as a forward and centre in the NBA. Police and federal marshals in Riverside County, California, arrested 46-year-old Sherra Wright on Friday night on a fugitive from justice warrant, online records show.
Abdulfatah Sabouni has been in Calgary for about two years, but in a few weeks he hopes to open the doors to a new Syrian soap store which will showcase more than a century of family experience. "For me, 25 years," Sabouni said, of his experience making Aleppo soap.
Trevor Sanderson has 15 hams, 150 boxes of stuffing and 200 pounds of potatoes, and he's giving it all away for free at a massive community dinner at Winnipeg's Thunderbird House Saturday night. Sanderson, a military veteran, is in town for the holidays on what was supposed to be a "rest stop" in his mission to walk across Canada. "If I walked across Canada, nobody would ever know what I was doing … I'd be in a town, I'd be gone, nobody would care," he said.
A change to the Canada Pension Plan to provide a flat-rate death benefit to help low-income families cover funeral costs falls short of what funeral homes say is needed to cover the cost of a final farewell. After meetings this week, federal and provincial finance ministers set the death benefit at a flat $2,500, regardless of how long or how much someone had paid into CPP. Leading up to the meeting, the Funeral Services Association of Canada lobbied governments to raise the value to $3,580 — back to what it was in 1997 before finance ministers of the day imposed a sliding scale benefit based on an individual's contributions to the CPP, capped at a maximum benefit of $2,500.
The Camera Store is offering a $5,000 shopping spree as a reward for any information that leads to a conviction, after two high-end cameras and three lenses were stolen from the downtown Calgary business early Saturday morning. Store owner Julian Ferreira told CBC News that the theft is the first robbery the store has experienced in its 21-year history. "It's a tough business nowadays, we've all been working so hard, all my staff rolled in half-an-hour early for a Christmas meeting only to spend the first half-hour of the day cleaning up glass," Ferreira said.
Officers were called out to Aikins Street, just north of Mountain Avenue, around 4 a.m. Police spokesperson Const. When police arrived they found an injured woman, who was brought to hospital in critical condition. The teenager was also brought to hospital and is in stable condition.
The Artful Dodger Cafe & Music Emporium in Regina is closing its doors after a final show Saturday night. Co-owner Kelly Cairns said she is expecting the venue to be at capacity. For Cairns and the four other owners, Saturday night's end will bring a new beginning.
Moses Li, an emergency nurse at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, is used to dealing with challenging medical situations but little could have prepared him for what he saw on a recent trip to help Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. More than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar to escape brutal persecution since late August and many of them remain stuck in cramped refugee camps in Bangladesh, requiring medical attention. Li boarded a plane earlier this fall and headed to Malumghat, where hospitals and NGOs are working around the clock to keep up with health care demands.
A Tatamagouche, N.S., property where four barns burned down a year ago suffered another loss on Saturday when a two-storey home at the site suffered extensive damage in a fire. The Tatamagouche Fire Department received a call about the fire shortly before noon from a passerby who saw smoke coming out of the eaves. Fire Chief Ian MacDonald said the fire was probably burning for much longer than that at the two-storey home.
Robbie Barrett, assistant manager at Sharky's International, a pawnshop located in northwest Calgary, told CBC News his store says consistently busy year-round, but there's definitely an increase of borrowers in December. "We see a bit more people looking for loans," Barrett said, adding that customers span all demographics. Barrett said his store goes out of its way to avoid stereotypes about buying pawned items — it's clean and staff run security checks to make sure products have not been stolen, a service lacking in online classified listings like Kijiji.
Tens of thousands of Romanians joined European royals on Saturday to pay their respects to late King Michael as a state funeral got underway. Michael, who ruled Romania twice before being forced to abdicate by the communists in 1947, died at age 96 in Switzerland this month. Britain's Prince Charles, Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia, and Spain's former King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, were among those at a pre-funeral service at the Royal Palace where Michael's body had been laying in state for the past two days.
If that's the case, then Kim Thúy has quite a tale to tell. You may know Thúy as one of Montreal's best-known authors — her first novel, Ru, won the Governor General's Literary Award for French-language fiction in 2010. Le Secret des Vietnamiennes isn't a novel, but a cookbook — highlighting Thúy's mother, her aunts and the dishes she learned from them.
Lindsey Vonn powered down a shortened course to win a World Cup super-G race on Saturday and clinch her first victory of the season. It was the 33-year-old American skier's 78th World Cup race win, but her first since winning a downhill at Garmisch-Partenkirchen in January. The four-time World Cup winner clocked 1 minute, 4.86 seconds, with Italian Sofia Goggia second in 1:05.17 and Norwegian Ragnhild Mowinckel third in 1:05.25 for her first career podium.
Zacharias Kunuk got his first camera in 1981, two years before the Nunavut community he lived in agreed to allow television in. Elders in Igloolik didn't see the need to get television to the community because, Kunuk says, there was nothing for them — there was no programming in Inuktitut.
The U.S. Department of Justice and AT&T Inc have held unsuccessful settlement talks over the wireless and pay-TV company's bid to buy movie and TV show maker Time Warner Inc , the two sides said in a court filing on Friday. The Justice Department has sued to stop AT&T, owner of DirecTV and the No. 2 U.S. wireless company, from buying Time Warner for $85 billion because of concerns that it could raise prices for rivals and pay-TV subscribers and hamper the development of online video. The two sides noted in the filing, which set out an agreed schedule leading up to the March trial, that there had been unsuccessful settlement discussions between the two.
Journalists are still trying to beat back the destabilizing impact of fake news, and now there's a prediction it's going to get tougher for them to convince people to go on the record at all. The prediction is contained in an article by Ruth Palmer at Harvard University's Nieman Journalism Lab, who's also written the new book Becoming the News: How Ordinary People Respond To the Media Spotlight. Palmer says after a decade of research, she's concluded social media has dramatically shifted the consequences for people who go public with a story.
Dozens of protesters are taking a stand against mining projects on a Cape Breton mountain that is considered sacred by the Mi'kmaq. Raymond Plourde of the Ecology Action Centre said traffic on Cape Breton's Seal Island Bridge was slowed in response to Saturday's rally against mining or quarrying of Kellys Mountain, and the roads were temporarily shut down by police during a Mi'kmaq ceremony. Protesters walked down the middle of the road draped in flags and beating drums.
Brazilian builder Odebrecht [ODBES.UL] said Saturday that its recently-disclosed business ties to embattled Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski were not part of the corrupt deals it struck with politicians that it has acknowledged to prosecutors. The assertion might strengthen Kuczynski's bid to survive a vote to remove him from office on Thursday in the opposition-ruled Congress over allegations he took bribes from Odebrecht, which is at the center of Latin America's biggest graft scandal. Earlier this week, Odebrecht sent Congress a requested report detailing deposits totaling $4.8 million that it paid to two companies owned by Kuczynski or a close business associate of his for financial and advising services.