• Giuliani removes himself from State Department consideration

    Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani formally withdrew from consideration for a post in President-elect Donald Trump's administration Friday, putting an end to his ill-fated bid to lead the State Department. Trump is now seriously considering Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson for the post. Giuliani's prospects to serve as secretary of state had already dimmed, in part because of questions about his overseas business ties.

    The Canadian Press
  • Funeral for couple found dead in Ottawa backyard

    Friends and family of an Ottawa couple found killed in their backyard in November gathered Saturday morning to say a final goodbye.The couple's 22-year-old son has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Dave Rogers, 69, a retired Ottawa Citizen reporter, and Merrill Gleddie Rogers, 63, a retired federal public servant, had been married for 34 years. Barbara Martin, the couple's friend, said both were "kind and generous" people ahead of the funeral at the Metropolitan Bible Church on Prince of Wales Drive.

    CBC
  • Don't plug your vehicle in inside your garage, Winnipeg firefighter warns

    With the wintry winds and dropping temperatures, Winnipeg fire fighters are warning people not to plug their vehicles in inside a garage. When the mercury drops, the number of garage fires goes up in Winnipeg, according to Winnipeg Fire Paramedic spokesperson Marc Proulx.

    CBC
  • Shades of Steinbeck: Boy, 11, working on B.C. farm exposes child labour issues, says advocate

    The idea of children working in a hot, dusty field picking berries seems better suited to a Steinbeck novel than the blueberry farms of Metro Vancouver — as it should be. 

    CBC
  • Remembering the West Coast snowstorm of '96

    At the Vancouver International Airport, most flights were cancelled because de-icing crews couldn't keep up  — the snowfall rate was so severe that by time they finished one side of the plane, the other was covered again. "What stood out to me was the public's involvement.

    CBC
  • Ava Lizotte, 11, remembered as 'a ball of light' after death from blood infection

    "Little Ava" Lizotte knew Sarah Erasmus her whole life. 

    CBC
  • Shelved review of child welfare system may have answers, says Treaty Six Grand Chief

    Having yet another government task force investigate the shortcomings of Alberta's child welfare system has Treaty Six Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild, who participated in past reviews, questioning the worth. "I think we have to say, 'That's enough,'" Littlechild said on Saturday. Littlechild — who served as a commissioner on Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, was a representative on the United Nations forum on Indigenous issues and is a former federal parliamentarian — was also part of an independent oversight committee appointed by the previous Progressive Conservative government.

    CBC
  • NYPD seeks cure for gun violence with data-driven cases

    Even as homicide rates have climbed in other American cities, New York City is again on pace to have a near-record low number of shootings, and police are partly crediting refined tactics that include collecting more data and forensic evidence than ever before to go after the worst offenders. "It's no longer good enough to just make an arrest," said Deputy Commissioner Durmot Shea, a top New York Police Department crime-fighting strategist. Through Dec. 4, the city had recorded 942 shooting incidents, putting the city on course to have even fewer than the 1,103 in 2013 — the lowest number since the police department began counting shootings in 1993.

    The Canadian Press
  • Snowfall Warning in Effect for Fraser Valley

    Sat, Dec 10: There's a snownfall warning still in effect for the Fraser Valley. Nadia Stewart has more.

    Global News
  • Neighbourhood Bookstore and Cafe reopens, but without food

    After a months-long bureaucratic nightmare, a popular bookstore and coffee shop in Wolseley has re-opened — but for now, city rules mean the only item on its menu is pop. The Neighbourhood Bookstore and Cafe closed its doors in August due to a lengthy legal battle with the city of Winnipeg, but owner Bill Fugler said financial necessity means they're now back in business. The bylaw requires any establishment serving food to install a grease trap, but Fugler says his kitchen, which used to produce sandwiches and baked goodies for customers, doesn't produce enough grease to need one.

    CBC
  • Prominent Filipino Winnipegger says he 'loves' Philippine president's war on drugs

    Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte has drawn condemnation from human rights groups and experts with the United Nations for a bloody war on drugs. "I love it," Rod Cantiveros said in an interview with CBC Radio's Weekend Morning Show. Duterte won the Philippines' presidency promising to wipe out drugs and warning traffickers they risked death for their crimes.

    CBC
  • Canadian border bill passes U.S. Congress: enables long-awaited reforms

    A bill with potentially sweeping consequences for the Canada-U.S. border has just been adopted by the American Congress, allowing new projects aimed at speeding up travel through the international boundary. The so-called preclearance bill has now been adopted by both U.S. legislative chambers after being passed by the Senate early Saturday. It's now expected to become law with President Barack Obama's signature.

    The Canadian Press
  • Small plane with two aboard crashes in river near Quebec City: TSB

    A small plane with two people aboard crashed in a river south of Quebec City on Saturday afternoon, the Transportation Safety Board said. Board spokesman Chris Krepski said the two-seater Grumman AA-1 went down near Levis, Que. at around 2 p.m Saturday. Provincial police Sgt. Christine Coulombe said an unconscious man and woman were removed from the wreckage and taken to hospital but the details of their condition were not being immediately released.

    The Canadian Press
  • Your kids aren't unique and neither are snowflakes

    Many parents will claim their children are unique, special, like snowflakes. On the other hand neither are snowflakes, at least not really. Michael Edwards, the the director of strategic initiatives and exhibits at Science East, said it's all a matter of interpretation.

    CBC
  • Advocates call Alabama execution an 'avoidable disaster'

    Defenders of a condemned inmate in Alabama are calling his execution an "avoidable disaster," but the state prison commissioner says there was no visible evidence that he suffered during a lethal injection. Death row inmate Ronald Bert Smith Jr. coughed, and his upper body heaved repeatedly, for the 13 minutes as he was being sedated, and his arms appeared to move slightly after two tests were administered to determine consciousness. Alabama's Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn disputes the assessment that Smith was in pain, saying Alabama properly followed a lethal injection protocol that has been upheld by the courts.

    The Canadian Press
  • Chief medical examiner defends two-year wait for child's autopsy report

    Alberta's chief medical examiner is defending the two years it took to complete an autopsy report on the death of a child in kinship care. Four-year-old Serenity was living with relatives on a reserve in central Alberta when she was airlifted to Stollery Children's Hospital on Sept. 18, 2014, suffering from a severe brain injury.

    CBC
  • 3 tips from a Calgary tech expert that will keep you safer online

    A Calgary technology consultant says three simple tips can beef up your online security experience — and most of them are free. "We have talked about these huge breaches with millions of email accounts being leaked online," Will Knoll told CBC Calgary News at 6 this week. Knoll says there's an online database that can help with that risk.

    CBC
  • When the case doesn't close: tales from the Toronto police cold-case unit

    More than 500 cold-case files haunt the Toronto police major crimes unit like unfinished business. It's Det.-Sgt. Stacy Gallant's job not to forget about them — and he won't, if the victims' families have anything to say about it. 

    CBC
  • It's like a stab in the eye: Why infill needs to be architecturally appropriate

    The Peanut Park walk explained the area's early development, complete with restrictions on how many dwellings could be on each plot, the minimum size of home and the expectations surrounding the first owners. While this was a fine premise, other, less wealthy areas adjacent to the original development evolved differently. At least twice in its history, it served as a boarding house.

    CBC
  • St. Mary's man building cabin retreat, anyone welcome

    A man from St. Mary's First Nation is building a new cabin a place he said is for anyone who needs to take a break and get away from it all.

    CBC
  • Now you can have a forever Christmas tree by choosing a 'live tree' in a pot

    If you're going Christmas tree hunting this weekend, there's a new option for you to consider. A plastic tree or a real tree that has been cut down are the typical choices, but you can also find trees that are potted. "The benefits of that is that if you are able to plant it on your property, you basically have a Christmas tree ready to go year after year," Halverson to CBC Toronto.

    CBC
  • RCMP give computers to Eskasoni students — but there's a catch

    Students in Eskasoni, N.S., were excited to be given new computers yesterday — but they may not be allowed to keep them. It's part of the national Connecting Kids with Cops through Technology program that helps local RCMP officers sit down with elementary and middle-school children to work on projects. If the 27 students complete the workshops, they can keep the computers.

    CBC
  • Don't ride on the outside of the SkyTrain, Translink pleads

    Transit police have detained people riding outside of trains twice so far in December, and the authority is pleading with the public to avoid the risky and illegal behaviour. "If you just think about it for a minute you realize that if you were to slip and fall, and slipping off the coupling would be so easy to do, you will almost certainly fall under the train and you're risking incredibly serious injury, if not death," said Anne Drennan, who speaks for the Metro Vancouver Transit Police. Transit Police say the man had been drinking and told them that he was celebrating his 20th birthday.

    CBC
  • Metres-deep snow makes for slow going for moose in Riding Mountain National Park

    Manitobans of all description have been digging themselves out of the winter storm from earlier this week, including a persistent moose in Riding Mountain National Park that went on with its day despite several feet of snow. Melanie Robinson caught the moose on video just south of Moon Lake as it trudged its way through snow drifts one- to two-metres high on Thursday.

    CBC
  • Alberta ice climber to go inside a glacier to measure climate change effects

    "It does kind of sound crazy and there may be element of that but it will be interesting, that is for sure," Canmore-based ice climber and athlete Will Gadd told The Homestretch this week. "We are going to try and understand how melt water moves through a glacier by going there ourselves.

    CBC

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