Former prime minister Stephen Harper resigned his seat in the House of Commons on Friday, ending a career in politics that spanned over two decades. Harper announced he was stepping down as MP for the riding of Calgary Heritage in a statement and video posted to his social media channels. Harper had stepped down as Conservative party leader in October on the night he lost the election to Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, but had chosen to remain as an MP.
Residents of a quiet neighbourhood in the Toronto suburb of Scarborough are shocked by yesterday's deaths of three people killed in an incident involving a crossbow.
A woman who fell 35 feet to her death from a zip line platform had disconnected herself from the safety system, the attraction's operator said Thursday. Delaware State Police investigators are investigating how Tina Werner tumbled off the platform at the Go Ape Tree Top Adventure attraction in Lums Pond State Park on Wednesday. Participants at Go Ape courses are equipped with climbing harnesses and two sets of ropes with carabiners that they unclip and clip to safety wires in sequence as they move through the trees.
Ron Gidwitz, Dan Webb and William Kunkler are veteran Republicans — and friends — from Chicago's political money circuit. Gidwitz is hosting fundraisers for Donald Trump. Webb wrote a big check for Hillary Clinton.
"I was shocked," Mary Wernicke, from Neville, Sask., said when she learned she was the winner of a recent $60-million lottery draw. Neville is a village of about 80 residents, about 50 kilometres south of Swift Current. Wernicke bought a $5 quick pick ticket from a Swift Current drug store.
A Burlington optician is outraged after discovering a psychiatrist he'd never met wrote a critical two-page psychiatric evaluation about him without ever seeing or talking to him. The optician, Jay Hakim, filed a complaint with the provincial medical regulator, which concluded the psychiatrist's conduct was appropriate. It also parallels issues raised in the United States over whether psychiatrists can ethically provide opinions on the mental health of presidential candidates they've never met.
A California couple wanted in connection with a woman's killing and the kidnapping of her three children in the Los Angeles area were arrested Thursday in Colorado. Joshua Aaron Robertson, 27, and Brittany Humphrey, 22, were arrested without incident in Pueblo, about 40 miles south of Colorado Springs, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The couple was wanted in connection with the death of Humphrey's half-sister, Kimberly Harvill, whose body was found with multiple gunshot wounds along a road in a remote area of Los Angeles County on Aug. 14.
With five roundabouts now in the capital city — not all of them yet operational — the push is on for drivers to educate themselves on how to navigate them. As simple as roundabouts are supposed to be, some motorists are still having trouble figuring them out, like the driver who tried to back out of the newest roundabout near the Paul Reynolds Community Centre in Wedgewood Park. Danny Breen said the city is trying to let drivers know about the rules of roundabouts, by placing ads in the paper and creating an interactive feature on its website.
Brazilian police charged American swimmer Ryan Lochte on Thursday with filing a false robbery report over an incident during the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. A police statement said Lochte would be informed in the United States so he could decide whether to introduce a defence in Brazil. The indictment will also be sent to the International Olympic Committee's ethics commission, it said.
RCMP on P.E.I. have been conducting traffic safety blitzes this week, with a focus on motorcycle noise, but they were surprised that they did not find cause to lay any charges. RCMP were busy Wednesday and Thursday on patrols on the roads coming into Charlottetown during the morning commute hours. RCMP noted on Thursday morning they stopped and checked 13 motorcycles.
Tom Gordon is not one of the dozens of people who have overdosed in Vancouver over the past 24 hours, but he's no stranger to the experience. Gordon said he survived a three-day coma after a cocaine and Fentanyl overdose last April. The addict — who joked about having cocaine for breakfast — is convinced opening the supervised injection site 24 hours a day when social assistance cheques are delivered will save lives.
A transgender woman in Charlottetown has filed a complaint with the P.E.I. Human Rights Commission alleging she was refused service at a local salon because of her transgender status. Kristen McKay says she went into Carrie's Esthetic Salon in downtown Charlottetown on Tuesday afternoon to get her nails and makeup done and for makeup lessons. McKay said a woman at the salon informed her that she didn't do services for men, and when McKay replied that she's not a man but a transgender woman, McKay was still refused service.
The parents of 21-year-old Christine Wood are worried sick after not hearing from their daughter for almost a week. "I'm really worried," said Melinda Wood, Christine's mother. George and Melinda Wood last saw their daughter on Aug. 19 around 9:30 p.m. The couple left their hotel room near Sargent Avenue and Berry Street to run to the store, but when they returned Christine was gone.
Hearings are underway at the National Assembly today to unravel the controversy surrounding the sale of the Quebec hardware company Rona to its American competitor, Lowe's. The fallout from the deal ultimately forced Jacques Daoust to step down as Quebec's transport minister and give up his seat in the National Assembly. Last February, the U.S. home hardware chain Lowe's announced it was buying Rona in a friendly takeover valued at $3.2 billion Cdn.
Thu, Aug 25: Former Degrassi High actor Jason aka Byrd Dickens and 3 women charged with child exploitation.
Early Monday morning, the police service got a call from a foster parent who said a 17-year-old boy in her care had left home after making suicidal comments, the police service said in a news release. "I don't know if he even knew I was stopped on the bridge at that point," Dupuis said in a description of the encounter released by the police service Thursday morning.
The future of Northlands as an organization is in peril after council released a scathing report on the viability of the not-for-profit's plans for the Coliseum and the surrounding area, says CEO Tim Reid. Reid said he disputes the city's findings, but the decision is ultimately up to city council. "If this is the time and place when the City of Edmonton and the community of Edmonton don't believe that Northlands offers the value that it should, then we really need to consider our future as an organization," Reid said Thursday.
A meeting of minds at a Toronto vintage shop has cleared the way for a pair of rare and valuable moccasins, made for a child, to become part of the permanent collection of a First Nations museum in Quebec. It happened when historian Joanne Doucette visited Debbie Facey's Vintage Hunter store on Gerrard Street East. Doucette this year published a book of history about the Lesliville neighbourhood.
Transit Police are seeking a man for allegedly attacking a male passenger and hurling racial insults and threats at a woman and her adult son.
The name of the sign's sponsors, John and Bonnie Buhler, stood huge in front of the town's name and its 15-metre-long mascot Bruce the mosasaur. Although the Buhlers knew the sign was coming they had no idea how large it would be. The Buhlers contacted the City of Morden and the Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre and asked for their names to be removed.
The slides at Sylvan Lake's water park in central Alberta are up for sale on Kijiji. "It might sound a little funny … but we have an area with moms and little kids, and I've met people that were on those kiddie slides 35 years ago, and today I meet them with their kids," Messier said.
A 100-metre stretch of concrete on the outskirts of town has residents of Smithers, B.C., scratching their heads. It all started when North Central Plumbing and Heating decided to move to a then-vacant building on the frontage road along Highway 16. The building required substantial renovations, and a Smithers bylaw requires projects over $75,000 to include public infrastructure.
EPCOR is asking residents of Edmonton and the capital region to reduce their water consumption. People in Edmonton, Sherwood Park, St. Albert, Stony Plain, Spruce Grove, Leduc and Fort Saskatchewan are asked to reduce "non-essential water use," which includes washing cars and watering lawns. The utility company said residents should not be concerned about the quality of drinking water.
Toronto police confirm there is a link between the three deaths involving a crossbow in east Toronto and a suspicious package found in the downtown area of the city. Earlier Thursday, police revealed that three people are dead, all of whom were found with apparent crossbow injuries, in the Scarborough area of Toronto on Thursday afternoon.
A new initiative by Queens District RCMP has lead to more than 80 speeding fines in the last two days. The RCMP partnered with Provincial Highway Safety Enforcement members to increase patrols Wednesday and Thursday. "We found that there has been a lot of excessive speeding," said Sgt. Leanne Butler.
A group of stray dogs in Kugluktuk, Nunavut, were scheduled to be destroyed if their owners did not claim them by tonight, but luckily for the dogs, the NWT SPCA has come forward to help. The hamlet rounded up all the stray dogs in the community on Aug. 23 after residents raised safety concerns about a pack of large dogs roaming freely. "It may come down to that," said Donald LeBlanc, the senior administration officer in Kugluktuk.