A man from Airdrie, Alta., has admitted to strangling his common-law wife and burning her body in an abandoned building because he wanted to go drink beer at Boston Pizza with a friend. Duane Redelback pleaded guilty to manslaughter on Thursday in the 2006 death of Ruth Degayo, whose burned body was found in an abandoned building in Exshaw, about 20 kilometres east of Canmore. Nearly a decade after the homicide, Redelback told two undercover officers that he and Degayo had a fight on the night of Jan. 7, 2006, because she wanted to go to the mall and he wanted to have beers with a friend, according to an agreed statement of facts.
White House spokesman Sean Spicer laughed off the idea of building a wall along the northern U.S. border Thursday after a journalist from Montana floated the notion during his daily media briefing. Spicer and the assembled reporters had to guffaw when the NBC News reporter, taking part via video link, asked whether there were plans to apply to Canada the same treatment U.S. President Donald Trump has directed at Mexico. Cue the chuckles in the White House briefing room.
Justice Theresa Forgeron said the mother arranged to forge the father's signature on an application to change the boy's name. "(The mother) was strategic and manipulative throughout," said Forgeron in a written decision from the Supreme Court Family Division in Sydney, N.S. The ruling said that when the child was born in 2009, he was registered with the surname of his biological father.
A man who allegedly drove his SUV into a streetcar tunnel on Thursday, bringing traffic in downtown Toronto to a halt for several hours, reportedly told transit officials he was following his GPS instructions when his vehicle got stuck. Toronto Transit Commissio spokesman Brad Ross had no information on where the man was travelling when he drove into the tunnel at one of the city's main downtown transit hubs in the middle of the night.
The police officer who told RNC Const. Joe Smyth he saved his own life after Smyth killed Don Dunphy says he now regrets the statement. Sgt. Monty Henstridge, who was taking a statement from Smyth the day after the 2015 shooting, told the Dunphy inquiry that he thought the statement was true — but now believes it was not smart.
A man accused of opening fire in a crowded suburban Kansas City bar, killing one man and injuring two others in an attack that some witnesses said was racially motivated, was charged Thursday with murder and attempted murder. Authorities repeatedly declined at a news conference to say whether the shooting was a hate crime although local police said they were working with the FBI to investigate the case. A bartender at Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe, Kansas, said that Adam Purinton used "racial slurs" before he started shooting on Wednesday night as patrons were watching the University of Kansas-TCU basketball game on television.
A Liberal backbencher who introduced an anti-Islamophobia motion that unanimously passed the Ontario legislature Thursday says, despite all-party support, she has received racist backlash. The motion from Nathalie Des Rosiers called on the legislature to "stand against all forms of hatred, hostility, prejudice, racism and intolerance," rebuke a "growing tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric and sentiments" and condemn all forms of Islamophobia. It passed as the federal government weighs a similar motion that has sparked controversy in the House of Commons and beyond.
Officials in Washington state, where recreational marijuana is legal, vow to fight any federal crackdown on the nascent industry after White House spokesman Sean Spicer said they should expect to see stepped-up enforcement of anti-pot laws. Bob Ferguson, attorney general in Washington state, which joined Colorado in 2012 as the first states to legalize recreational use of the drug, said he requested a meeting last week with Attorney General Jeff Sessions about his approach to legal, regulated marijuana. "We will resist any efforts to thwart the will of the voters in Washington," Ferguson said Thursday.
The poison used to kill the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader at a crowded air terminal in Malaysia last week was the banned chemical weapon VX nerve agent, police said Friday. The revelation that VX nerve agent, deadly even in minute amounts, was used in the Feb. 13 attack boosted speculation that Pyongyang dispatched a hit squad to kill Kim Jong Nam, the outcast older sibling of North Korea's ruler. After the announcement that VX was to blame, The Associated Press asked Malaysia's Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar in a text message whether decontamination would take place.
A polarizing American preacher with controversial views on Muslims and the LGBTQ community will headline a Christian festival in Vancouver despite protests from the city's mayor. A spokesman for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Foundation says Rev. Franklin Graham, son of celebrity preacher Billy Graham, will speak at the Festival of Hope in early March. Tim Stevenson says he and Mayor Gregor Robertson met with festival organizers earlier this week, where they raised concerns around public safety.
A University of Calgary study suggests that patient care is suffering from an overuse of computers in hospitals and doctor offices. "You have the attitude already that this is becoming the job and the job is data management," Leslie said Thursday. Leslie said too much computer work for staff could lead to patients feeling neglected and to less communication between doctors, nurses and social workers.
Police, school boards and other key Ottawa institutions are eroding trust within the city's black community because they aren't properly acknowledging the existence of anti-black racism, according to a new report. Thursday's report, called Addressing Anti-Black Racism in Ottawa, was born out of a heavily-attended forum held in August 2016 that was organized by the City for All Women Initiative and the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership. More than 300 people attended that forum, which was held one month after the death of Somali-Canadian Abdirahman Abdi during an attempted arrest by Ottawa police.
A new book and a major motion picture are in the works about the New England Patriots' star quarterback and the "Deflategate" suspension he overcame to earn an unprecedented fifth Super Bowl ring. "The Tom Brady movie is such a bad idea! The dude is so uninteresting and has everything," said Trevor Twidwell, a Kansas City Chiefs fan from Tucson, Arizona, capturing dislike for Brady and the Patriots outside New England. Bestselling author Casey Sherman and Boston writer Dave Wedge are collaborating on the book under the working title "Let's Go!" — Brady's rallying cry.
Closely supported by the U.S.-led international coalition, Iraqi forces secured a series of cautious advances on Thursday, pushing into a sprawling military base outside of Mosul and onto the grounds of the city's airport, where they took control of the runway. The three-pronged attack began just after sunrise, with three convoys of Iraqi forces snaking north across Nineveh's hilly desert on Mosul's southern approach. Iraq's special forces joined federal police and rapid response units in the push — part of a major assault that started earlier this week to drive IS from the western half of Iraq's second-largest city.
Thousands of fentanyl-laced pills described by police as "potential doses of death" and nearly two dozen guns were seized this week as officers arrested 18 people in an international investigation into organized crime, Ontario Provincial Police said Thursday. Hundreds of officers fanned out through parts of Ontario and Quebec as part of calculated, simultaneous raids on 22 locations on Wednesday, seizing pills containing the deadly opioid fentanyl and 23 firearms, OPP Deputy Commissioner Rick Barnum told a news conference. The investigation began by targeting multiple criminal groups trafficking firearms and drugs along the Highway 401 corridor between the Greater Toronto Area and Montreal, he said.
Thu, Feb 23: Thursday marked the warmest February temperature in Toronto on record. Ashley Carter caught up with Toronto residents who were out and about enjoying the day.
Alberta Health Services says officials are investigating a number of potential cases of mumps in the Edmonton area, in addition to cases in other parts of the province and the country. Usually, health officials say there are between zero and two cases of mumps in the Edmonton area each year, but now there's up to four potential cases. The Medicine Hat Tigers of the Western Hockey League have confirmed about half a dozen players and a coach have confirmed cases of the mumps.
TORONTO — A Canadian admiral mysteriously suspended last month responded Thursday by denying any wrongdoing, with his newly hired lawyer suggesting he's the victim of a "bureaucratic crossfire."
Three federal public service unions are calling on the Liberal government to include a $75-million contingency fund in the coming budget to help address the Phoenix pay system fiasco. The Public Service Alliance of Canada, the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada and the Canadian Association of Professional Employees said Thursday the fund would help ensure workers are paid correctly and on time. Since the government launched its new electronic pay system, more than 82,000 workers have complained of being underpaid, overpaid or not paid at all.
A former political attaché to Quebec MNA Lise Thériault has been charged with six counts of sexual exploitation and one count of sexual assault on a minor. Martin Lapointe, 45, appeared in court on Thursday afternoon in Montreal to face charges involving a single victim. Lapointe worked at Theriault's riding office in Anjou.
A pit bull attack in northwest Calgary has left a small dog dead and teenage girl traumatized. A 16-year-old girl was walking her small dog, a bichon frise mixed with a shih tzu, at the time. The pit bull grabbed the dog, shook and killed it.
After a Toronto school banned cellphones outright from the classroom, an Ottawa teacher believes educators need to take a more measured approach to the issue in order to teach students about using mobile devices responsibly. Eve Warkentin, a Grade 7 and 8 teacher at St. Francis Xavier Catholic High School in Gloucester, says cellphones can be a distraction in the classroom, but if used properly, they can also be an important learning tool to benefit students and teachers. "There are definitely a lot of benefits that I think outweigh the negatives, and it would be more difficult to me to plan my lessons without that technology," Warkentin told Robyn Bresnahan on CBC Radio's Ottawa Morning.
Searching for Abegweit, a hit for the last three summers in Charlottetown, is moving to Summerside for 2017. The show will run at the Harbourfront Theatre from July 11 to Aug. 23. It debuted as part of the Charlottetown Festival at the MacKenzie Theatre in 2014, and has run the last two years at the P.E.I. Brewing Company.
Erica Grant, 54, has been homeless for several months. This week, she's moving into a room at The Savoy, a Downtown Eastside hotel in Vancouver.