After beating his fourth set of criminal charges, Robert Mark Varley took a swing at reporters as he left the Calgary courthouse on Wednesday, while the family of the woman he was accused of killing remained inside sobbing and holding each other. Farida Abdurahman, 33, was mowed down in a crosswalk two years ago on Centre Street N. near 43rd Avenue late at night on July 27, 2015. Varley, 60, was arrested hours after Abdurahman's death. Charges against Varley were dropped Wednesday after Court of Queen's Bench Justice Rosemary Nation ruled police had undermined Varley's right to remain silent during an interrogation.
When Tania Gonzalez saw the Facebook post alleging sexual assault at The Needle Vinyl Tavern she was initially happy — until the memories came rushing back. Gonzalez was an employee at The Needle from August 2016 to April 2017. In a Facebook post on Monday that has since been shared more than 500 times, Brittany Lyne Rudyck accused a co-owner of The Needle Vinyl Tavern of sexually harassing her in March.
In an off-the-cuff radio interview in P.E.I. that touched on shopping, sports, fashion and TV dramas, Trudeau said it's hard for him to partake in these commonplace and quintessentially Canadian outings. Being the head of the Canadian government comes with "amazing things but a certain awkwardness in stopping in for a double-double," Trudeau said in an interview with Charlottetown's Ocean 100 radio host Kerri Wynne MacLeod. Later today, Trudeau will be presented with a Symons Medal for his contribution to Canadian life and deliver a lecture at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown.
Waiting for news as hundreds of volunteers scoured the area was difficult, said her husband, Marcel Poitras. Searchers on foot made voice contact with Poitras around 11 a.m. on Wednesday. "And then the dogs lit up and started barking extensively, so we knew were on the right path and we got a team over to her to assess her," said Al Hurley, manager of Coquitlam Search and Rescue.
The wife of a missing Calgary man whose boat was recovered off the coast of Florida says he may have been swept away while trying to rescue the family dog. Michele Horne told CTV Calgary it's believed her husband, Fraser, dove in when the golden retriever named Toula fell into the water. Fraser Horne, an avid boater, set sail on a trip on Friday and was reported missing after failing to return on Sunday.
Canada's NAFTA negotiations team does not intend to "give an inch" on anything involving the auto industry, according to the Minister of Foreign Affairs' parliamentary secretary. Andrew Leslie was in Windsor Wednesday to lead a town hall about the ongoing trade negotiations and the future of the city along with area MP Tracey Ramsey. "The integrated auto industry is the single largest industry we have," he said.
Vern Radloff rushed to assist first responders in Cranbrook to reach the 73-year-old who had fallen at his isolated home several days earlier, but had finally managed to reach a phone to call for help. Radloff, a plow operator for the City of Cranbrook for nearly 30 years, says he couldn't believe what awaited him at the rural property.
Ships and planes hunting for a missing Argentine submarine with 44 crew members will return to a previously search area after officials said Wednesday that a noise made a week ago in the South Atlantic could provide a clue to the vessel's location. The Argentina navy spokesman, Capt. Enrique Balbi, said the "hydro-acoustic anomaly" was determined by the United States and specialist agencies to have been produced Nov. 15, just hours after the final contact with the ARA San Juan and could have come from the sub. U.S. Navy Lt. Lily Hinz later said the unusual sound detected underwater could not be attributed to marine life or naturally occurring noise in the ocean.
Three people had to be rescued from their vehicles after several mudslides closed a section of the Trans-Canada Highway in the Fraser Valley on Wednesday night. Several drivers were unable to drive their cars out of the mess, either because they were covered in debris or because downed power lines blocked the way. One of the three people rescued from their vehicle was taken to hospital, according to the Upper Fraser Valley Regional District.
Want to say happy 150th birthday to Canada one last time? You can celebrate with a free skate on Parliament Hill next month. A new rink is set to open but as Abigail Bimman tells us, it's getting an icy reception before it's even complete.
U.S. Rep. Joe Barton told a woman that he would complain to U.S. Capitol Police if sexually explicit photographs of him and other material from their relationship were to be exposed publicly, according to a published report. The Washington Post reported the threat Wednesday after Barton, a North Texas Republican, apologized for a nude photo of him that circulated on social media. The photo of Barton appeared on an anonymous Twitter account.
Giorgio Mammoliti, who represents Ward 7, York West, billed taxpayers more than $550 per night for a room at the opulent Fairmont Chateau Laurier hotel. Mammoliti told CBC Toronto he was forced to take the room at the Chateau Laurier because he only decided to attend the convention at the last minute.
Matthew Ward-Jackson says he pleaded guilty to the gun transaction with Dellen Millard that took place in early July 2012. The Crown alleges Millard and Mark Smich killed Laura Babcock because she became the odd woman out in a love triangle with Millard and his girlfriend. The prosecution contends the pair burned her body in a commercial animal incinerator that was later found on Millard's farm near Waterloo, Ont.
A 17-year-old girl is in hospital with serious injuries after falling from the hood of a car that then struck her, say Sussex RCMP.
Campus security at the University of Regina is investigating after unauthorized signs which say "it's okay to be white" were posted around the campus. One poster was specifically posted to the door of the Office of Indigenization in the campus' Research and Innovation Centre. "Simply put, these signs have no place at our university," said U of R president Vianne Timmons, in a release.
Another transportation engineer has quit Winnipeg's public works department, further adding to the brain drain at the upper echelons of the city's public service. Chapman's departure was confirmed three weeks after another transportation engineer, Scott Suderman, informed the city he intends to resign at the end of November. Suderman, who was working on plans to extend the William Clement Parkway to the south and extend Sterling Lyon Parkway to the west, quit days after public works chair Marty Morantz (Charleswood-Tuxedo-Whyte Ridge) criticized his performance on the file.
"I think that there's a real disconnect between Williams Lake and Victoria with regards to capturing the opportunity of harvesting the burnt wood in the forest from the wildfire," said Coun. Tom Hoffman, the manager of external and stakeholder relations for Tolko, said his company wants to start going into the fire-damaged woods as soon as possible in order to increase supply — and maximize value before the trees are unusable. "We would like to very quickly salvage as much timber as we can," he said.
A trial for a city police officer charged with using his position to obtain sexual favours from two women resumed Tuesday with testimony from a former hotel manager who says he heard the accused demand one of the victims expose her breasts to him. Remi Van Den Driessche, 42, was arrested in early 2014 and charged with multiple counts of sexual assault, extortion, criminal harassment, and breach of trust in connection with five women. Robert Henry told court he was working behind the vendor counter of the Sutherland Hotel on Main Street when two police officers — one of whom prosecutors allege was Van Den Driessche — forced open a locked door and made their way upstairs to the hotel rooms.
BeaverTails Canada has asked a Calgary food columnist who writes for CBC to stop using the word "beaver" in one of her blog's recipes that's a tribute to the much-loved pastry. Julie Van Rosendaal has quite a following on her website, dinnerwithjulie.com, with a host of directions for dinners, desserts and treats. It features a recipe for the now oddly named Canadian Semiaquatic Rodent Posterior Doughnut — which would taste rather familiar to many.
An unsightly solution to leaky doors at St. Joseph's Hospital in Saint John — a barrier made of mop heads — caught the eye of a staff member, who says it's been in place for months, despite Horizon Health's claim it's temporary. CBC News was informed last week that mop heads were being used to stop a draft at the aging hospital. A staff member shared a photo of the doors, an emergency exit inside Stairwell 3, showing a bunch of mop heads at the base.
Canada's largest school board has voted to end a controversial program that places uniformed police officers in dozens of public schools across Toronto. Toronto District School Board (TDSB) trustees voted 18-3 in favour of cancelling the School Resource Officer (SRO) program during a meeting on Wednesday night. The decision comes on the heels of a report by staff at the board earlier this month that recommended eliminating the program after finding it caused some students to feel uncomfortable and even intimidated.
Donna Pasiechnik's basement is a place of sanctuary for her family, but little did she know it was filled with a radioactive gas that could potentially kill. The province is a hotbed for radon and the Saskatchewan Lung Association is encouraging residents to test for radon levels at home. "They call it the silent killer," said Pasiechnik, a Regina homeowner and the spokesperson for the Canadian Cancer Society.
Toronto police are asking for the public's help to identify a suspect after a woman was attacked in a downtown parking garage last week. On Thursday morning, police released security camera footage from the parking garage near Bay and College streets where the incident occurred. The woman is dragged down the parking garage ramp as the two struggle.
Accused killer Jason Klaus testified at his triple first-degree murder trial in Red Deer that after his parents and sister were killed, he told a lot of lies to his family, his friends and the police. Klaus said the biggest lie of all came when he confessed during an RCMP interrogation that he planned the murders and asked co-accused Joshua Frank to kill his family. During examination by his lawyer, Klaus testified, "I was just so wore out, I was beaten down.
The White House is disputing a Democratic senator's claim that top economic adviser Gary Cohn faked bad reception to get President Donald Trump off the phone. Delaware Sen. Tom Carper said Wednesday in an interview with CNN that he and other Democrats had been in a meeting earlier this month with several White House officials discussing the GOP tax reform plan when the president called from Asia. White House spokesman Raj Shah disputed Carper's account as "completely false." He said Cohn spoke with Trump privately for several minutes before ending the call.