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Two teenage twin brothers are dead and six of their friends are injured after attempting to use their own toboggan on the bobsled track at Canada Olympic Park, according to CBC sources. "Part way down, the group hit a large gate used to separate the bobsled and luge tracks," according to police. Staff Sgt. Paul Wyatt said police are continuing their efforts to identify all those involved.
Nesh Pillay, 25, a Toronto native, was at a Manhattan hair salon on Friday with her mother and sister getting ready for her wedding when they felt the earth shake as a construction crane collapsed outside, killing one person and injuring three others. "So I kind of went into the bathroom and put my wedding dress on and left, knowing at this point I was very late," Pillay said. Pillay was standing outside in her wedding gown in the slushy cold weather in the middle of the crane collapse scene, when Rev. Ann Kansfield of the New York City Fire Department swooped in, covered the bride in a protective firefighter jacket and escorted her to city hall where groom Aaron Vanderhoff was waiting.
Brendon Cunningham used to see a future in oil-stained coveralls. Less than a week after being laid off, Cunningham said he decided to enroll in a business program at the University of Alberta. In January, the unemployment rate in Alberta hit a 20-year high at 7.4 per cent, according to Statistics Canada.
The couple was also found guilty of causing bodily harm to the girl's two-year-old sister who was also in their care. Kevin Goforth, wearing a grey shirt and a black tie with a pattern, sat in the packed courtroom with his hands folded in front of his waist, looking towards his family. Tammy Goforth sat beside him, wearing a buttoned-down purple shirt. After hearing her guilty verdict, Tammy Goforth broke down and began crying, while her partner tried to console her.
North Korea on Sunday defied international warnings and launched a long-range rocket that the United Nations and others call a cover for a banned test of technology for a missile that could strike the U.S. mainland. The rocket was fired from North Korea's west coast and tracked separately by the United States, Japan and South Korea. It follows North Korea's widely disputed claim last month to have tested a hydrogen bomb.
Other provinces have plastic cards with expiry dates. In his October 2015 report, Saher said the lack of expiry dates on Alberta health cards leave them open to abuse, meaning the province could be paying for health care of ineligible recipients.
Environment Canada is warning about a fast moving weather system that's making its way across Saskatchewan today, which could cause damage to buildings.
Interim federal Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose met with all four Atlantic Progressive Conservative leaders Saturday morning, a meeting members of Nova Scotia's Progressive Conservative party say hasn't happened in 20 years. The party's annual general meeting is underway in Halifax. "Too many Canadians see conservatism as harsh or austere — or even maybe joyless," Ambrose said.
An orthopaedist who violated his professional code of ethics has been given an untendered contract potentially worth several thousand dollars by the City of Montreal. In 2011 Dr Chérif Tadros was suspended for three months by the disciplinary arm of the Quebec College of Physicians. Tadros was found to have received money from a pharmaceutical company between 2001 and 2006 for selling prosthetics in the hospital where he worked.
Turkey came under mounting pressure to open its border Saturday as tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing a government onslaught sought entry and the European Union called on Ankara to grant them refuge. As many as 35,000 Syrians have massed along the closed border, according to Suleyman Tapsiz, governor of the Turkish border province of Kilis. The Norwegian Refugee Council said thousands of Syrians have arrived at seven of the main informal camps close to the Turkish border.
One of the largest reconstruction projects in Nova Scotia will begin Monday when heavy machinery rolls into the Shannon Park neighbourhood in Dartmouth to make way for new development. The former military community, which spans nearly 40 hectares, has been sitting empty on Halifax's waterfront for 13 years. It's looked after by Canada Lands, a crown corporation.
Stirling said the association is working with legal counsel and PWC to determine how pending commissions will be handled as agents are considered "a creditor" in the receivership process. Stirling said about 40 former Exit Realty on the Rock agents have been relicensed with another broker as of 6 p.m. Friday, and about 25 had yet to apply for relicensing.
Veterinarians in Quebec will no longer be able to crop the tails or ears of pets for cosmetic purposes beginning in 2017. The province's order of veterinarians moved to prohibit certain cosmetic procedures in late January — a first for Quebec. The order also banned ear cropping for dogs and cats, stating that it goes against the principles of ensuring an animal's wellbeing.
Pope Francis' sex abuse advisory committee voted Saturday to sideline one of its members, a high-profile abuse survivor who had clashed with the commission over its mission. Peter Saunders, a British advocate for victims, had been highly critical of the Vatican's slow progress in taking measures to protect children and punish bishops who covered up for pedophile priests. During a commission meeting Saturday, "it was decided that Mr. Peter Saunders would take a leave of absence from his membership to consider how he might best support the commission's work," the Vatican said.
The vast troves of consumer data held by big Internet companies should be scrutinized in merger probes because they have a big impact on competition, the president of the German antitrust watchdog told a newspaper. Collections of "big data" - covering billions of internet searches, messages and other online interactions - hand Internet companies huge power they can exercise in marketing and commerce and which potentially makes it difficult for smaller businesses to compete in those areas. Facebook's $19 billion acquisition of Whatsapp in 2014 almost escaped scrutiny from cartel authorities as the messaging service hardly had any revenues at the time, Mundt said, adding that it was apparently still of great strategic importance to Facebook.
Sat, Feb 6: Police say Consuelo suffering from drug addiction and had turned to a life in the sex trade. Peter Kim reports.
There are only four restaurants with drive-through service in Verdun, and the borough plans to keep it that way. Verdun is the latest borough to ban the construction of new fast-food spots that offer service for customers in their cars. "In Montreal, 39 per cent of greenhouse gases are because of motorized vehicles, so if we can do anything to reduce that, we're reducing our carbon footprint," said Sterling Downey, a city councillor for Verdun.
The building did not have sprinklers in every room and in every hallway, according to Deputy Fire Chief Jim Jessop, who spoke to reporters Saturday afternoon. It was last inspected by fire services in 2013. The fire marshal is investigating to see if there were any fire code violations.
What would you do if you came face to face with a polar bear in your kitchen window? Kate Turnbull and Tim Coombs live in Labrador and they know exactly how it feels. The couple got a terrible fright Monday evening, when one of the large furry animals decided to drop by their home in Domino near Black Tickle, a small island community off the southeastern coast of Labrador..
Rescuers on Sunday found signs of live within the remains of a high-rise residential building that collapsed in a powerful, shallow earthquake in southern Taiwan that killed at least 18 people and injured hundreds. The emergency centre in Tainan, the worst-hit city, estimated that 132 people were still missing more than 24 hours after the magnitude-6.4 quake struck at dawn Saturday. Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te said in TV interviews from the site of the building collapse that life detecting equipment had found signs of life from at least 29 trapped people.
"We know that around suppertime, everybody's heading home, so then we're hoping people are driving slow, taking their time, and when they forget that, that's when we get calls of cars off the road," said Cpl. Chantal Farrah. Farrah manages the centre where all calls outside of the Moncton area are received and where almost every RCMP investigation begins. The communications centre in Fredericton receives hundreds of calls each day that are handled by trained operators.
Anne Wareham, a child psychologist with the Janeway's Lifestyle Program, said if these devices, such as the FitBit, aren't used properly, those kids can be at risk. It depends really on whether you are in control — or whether the FitBit is in control," said Wareham. "The whole idea of wellness is lost.
Calgary police say emergency crews received a 911 call from an employee at the WinSport Canada facility in northwest Calgary at 1:30 a.m. after a report of several injured people on a closed track. "They used their personal sled/toboggan in an attempt to go down the bobsled track," Insp. Kelly Campbell said.
One of the walkers, Chisasibi resident Christine Chewanish, said the purpose of Meenwach'heewouwan Maskinnou is ton confront the historical traumas her community has faced. "I had some personal experiences of abuses in my life, where I wanted it to do something about it, so I decided to do a snowshoe walk to bring awareness about the hurting that not only affects my family, but my home community, and Nation," she said. Chewanish said she has the support of her community behind her. And she won't be walking alone.
Six people have been charged with multiple drug offences after a lengthy investigation, called Project Trooper, by the Vancouver Police Department. The seven-month investigation included the seizure of $575,000 in cash, multiple firearms, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and nearly 24,000 fentanyl pills. $3.8 million in property was also seized, including eight vehicles, an apartment in Vancouver, a townhouse in New Westminster and a house in Coquitlam.
By Amy Tennery NEW YORK (Reuters) - The hashtag #RIPTwitter became the top trending U.S. item on Twitter on Saturday, after a report from BuzzFeed said the company is planning to change how it displays users’ tweets. The BuzzFeed report, which went live on Friday night and did not disclose the source of its information, said the social media platform will reorder tweets to prioritize those it believes more users will want to see. Currently, Twitter arranges tweets in chronological order.
A recent meeting of mayoral minds in the nation's capital was one for the record books, Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman says. The big city mayors meeting just wrapped in Ottawa, with mayors from almost two dozen cities from across Canada making the trip. "Being able to have 21 of the mayors from Canada's largest cities in the room with the prime minister is something that hasn't happened in recent history," Bowman said.
Sat, Feb 6: A woman is dead after a fire on the fifth floor of an apartment complex in Parkdale on Saturday.
Students at Vancouver Technical Secondary School wanted to learn how sleep deprivation affects their minds and bodies. "I'm probably going to pass out," said Grade 11 student Cyrus Jordan in an interview Saturday morning. The event was billed as a "Wake-a-thon". Throughout the night and morning, students performed physical and mental exercises to test their reactions to sleep deprivation.
An Appleton man was sentenced and fined $3,000 in Gander on January 19th for netting Atlantic salmon in inland waters. The man was also fined $1,000 for illegal possession of salmon, and an additional $500 for breaching probation.
Rio's Carnival -- a five day festival of dancing, bared flesh and wild costumes -- got underway in the face of warnings that the Zika virus might make even kissing dangerous. Mayor Eduardo Paes handed a big golden key to the city to the Carnival's ceremonial King Momo, who promised a spectacular show. "With great happiness, brotherly love and peace, I declare the best Carnival on Earth open -- our Carnival in the Marvelous City," the dancing king, who is elected ahead of the festivities, said on Friday.
Maintaining and sometimes interpreting what that level of decorum should be is up to the various speakers of the legislative assemblies. It's generally accepted that anything that questions the honesty or personal integrity of a member is off-limits, as are personal attacks and obscene language.
"There's challenges, but we see it as being positive and moving forward," NLCA chair Ed LeGrow told CBC News. The conference was a sold out event, and LeGrow said the association overall is growing, with close to 700 members. Despite the positivity at the conference in Corner Brook, one delayed project in the city is cause for concern.
"The objective of it is to show that even though we're from different backgrounds, and there's a heck of a lot of diversity, it's the things that keep us together, our desires and our needs that are actually very similar," student Laurence Watt, one of the organizers, told Radio West host Rebecca Zandbergen. Stella Mozin, another organizer, says on-campus efforts to ask those questions yielded universal answers. After the Canvas Project wrapped up in downtown Kelowna, Watt called the event a "tremendous success" with up to 20 people at one point gathered around the canvasses writing their answers.
The Military has recently released technology that is now available to the public. Get yours before they run out - Limited Supply!
By Joseph Menn WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russian authorities in November raided offices associated with a Moscow film distribution and production company as part of a crackdown on one of the world’s most notorious financial hacking operations, according to three sources with knowledge of the matter. Cybersecurity experts said a password-stealing software program known as Dyre — believed to be responsible for at least tens of millions of dollars in losses at financial institutions including Bank of America Corp and JPMorgan Chase & Co — has not been deployed since the time of the raid. Experts familiar with the situation said the case represents Russia’s biggest effort to date to crack down on cyber-crime.
Kaillie Humphries has yet to miss standing on the podium after World Cup bobsleigh races this season, and that trend continued on Saturday in Switzerland. The Calgary pilot, along with brakeman Melissa Lothholz, cruised down the natural track in St. Moritz with a combined two-run time of 2:17.29, picking up bronze. Humphries has piloted Canada's sled to a medal in all seven World Cup events this season.
NASA paid glowing tribute to Mitchell, who died in Florida after a brief illness late Thursday, the eve of the 45th anniversary of his lunar landing. The late astronaut was a member of the 1971 Apollo 14 mission along with Alan Shepard Jr. and Stuart Roosa. Mitchell was the last Apollo 14 survivor: Roosa died in 1994 and Shepard in 1998.
The notion that tourists should be able to drop a fishing line in the ocean all summer long has ignited a fierce debate on CBC Radio's The Broadcast. Mussel Bed Boat Tours in Lewisporte is lobbying the federal government on behalf of 40 tour boat operators. "We proposed that we would start the season the first of June and end it at the end of September or the first of October, and that we would retain two fish per tourist per trip," said Mussel Bed's owner Graham Wood.
Sat, Feb 6: Residents watched as their building went up in flames Saturday morning in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Saturday for better protection at the European Union's external borders in order to maintain the passport-free Schengen zone. "We need to protect our external borders because we want to keep Schengen," Merkel said in her weekly podcast. Failing to protect the EU's external borders would jeopardize free movement of people which is the basis for the bloc's wealth, Merkel added.
Police are searching for the assailant after a stabbing in the entertainment district sent a man to hospital — just one of several stabbings seen across the city overnight. Police were called to the area of Adelaide Street West and Simcoe Street at around midnight by reports of a stabbing at a nearby establishment. Police say two people suffered non-life-threatening injuries after a stabbing near Wingarden Court and Crow Trail — a suspect has been arrested in that case — while a man in his 20s suffered what are believed to be stab wounds at about 1 a.m. near Thorncliffe Park Drive and Overlea Boulevard, according to investigators.
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is the most influential woman of the past 200 years, according to a survey of Britons published on Tuesday which showed men place a higher value on political influence than women do. Thatcher, who was Britain's first - and, so far, only - prime minister, led her Conservative party to three election victories, governing from 1979 to 1990, the longest continuous term in office for a British premier in over 150 years. Thatcher's policies on trade unions, privatization and the Falklands war left Britain bitterly divided over her legacy, and the survey by British pensions and insurance firm Scottish Widows highlighted the depth of her influence in the country.
France's southwestern Cahors region is a new frontier for foreign investors, from Argentine winegrowers doing the "Malbec tango" to potential investor "ambassadors" from China. Cahors is the new go-to destination for foreign investors as wine-growing land is becoming scarce -- and therefore exorbitantly expensive -- in other French regions. "You can't afford anything in Bordeaux or the Rhone or even in the Loire anymore," says Chilean specialist Pedro Parra, who works for Argentine wine firm Altos Las Hormigas.
Macaques in frilly dresses turn backflips and answer maths questions for crowds of screaming children at a Chinese monkey school, where trainers teach them to waltz and play rock drums. Shows featuring performing simians, popular in China and throughout Asia, are expecting a boost in the Lunar New Year of the monkey, which begins on Monday. "It's like a human school, but using monkeys," said Takeshi Soma, the Japanese "headmaster" of the facility, at a zoo in Dongying in the eastern province of Shandong.
Sliding down the bobsled track after-hours on 'dumb things' was a 'tradition' for staff at Canada Olympic Park, according to several people on social media who say they used to work there. The online posters are reacting to news that teenage twin brothers are dead and six of their friends are injured after they tried to use their own toboggan on the bobsled track at Canada Olympic Park. "When I worked there many moons ago it was tradition that people went down the track on dumb things," wrote Kendra Coates on Facebook.
Romania has asked the UN cultural agency UNESCO to give world heritage list status to a village where a Canadian firm is battling to locate a controversial open-cast goldmine. The village of Rosia Montana and a radius of two kilometres (just over a mile) were last month declared a site of historical interest by Romania's culture ministry thereby granting it protection from mining activity. "Rosia Montana carries the imprint of a close interaction between man and environment, which has generated a cultural landscape that is among the richest and most spectacular," Alexandrescu said.
By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin DUBAI (Reuters) - The family of an Iranian-British former BBC journalist who was detained last week in Tehran were told on Saturday that he was in the capital's Evin prison, a friend told Reuters. Bahman Daroshafaei, 34, a translator and former BBC Persian service reporter, was detained on Wednesday at his home, according to the opposition website Kaleme.com. "His family went to Evin prison today.
When Dawn Pottier sewed her first ring sling to carry her newborn baby around she says she never expected to be selling products on the international market. Lulujo Baby products are now being sold in France, Italy, United Kingdom and were recently launched at the world's largest toy fair in Germany.
A pair of French freedivers are in Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut, this weekend to do something people rarely do: go swimming off Baffin Island in February. Cedric Batteur and Laurent Marie are part of L'Ane Bleue, an organization that uses the sport of freediving – deep diving without any artificial breathing apparatus – to teach people about the marine environment. The pair are there to teach local kids – and adults – about freediving, but they also want to learn about the Arctic environment and, with luck, swim with marine mammals such as narwhal.
Nearly one hundred years after the tragedy at Beaumont-Hamel, the St. John's IceCaps are taking to the ice wearing jerseys honouring the Royal Newfoundland Regiment. Local graphic designer Troy Birmingham designed the new jersey, which replaces the IceCaps logo with a silhouette of a Royal Newfoundland Regiment soldier kneeling before a ridge.
If you owe more than $15,000, there is a way to pay off credit card debt that few people think of first. (It's not what you think!)
Regina Souls Harbour patrons were treated to a special Chinese New Year meal Thursday night entirely from community donations. Several Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants donated food for the feast and a number of volunteers from the Chinese community helped serve about 250 guests. "We thought it's a very good idea to share some food at Souls Harbour," said Dr. Im Ooi, who organized the dinner.
Only photographer Bob Peterson, his wife, and a few family members know where the secret archive is kept. Many of those are from the 1978-79 WHA season when Howe played for the Houston Aeros and Gretzky was with the Oilers.
A country singer who grew up on the border between Labrador and Quebec is stepping into the spotlight, after realizing her childhood dream of travelling to Nashville to record an album. Jessica Lavallee is from Blanc Sablon, Que., which is just minutes from the southern Labrador border and the neighbouring community of L'Anse au Clair. "It was one of those things that I really, really wanted to be a part of," said Lavallee.
Tracadie RCMP say they received a call Friday night at 7 p.m. that a off-road vehicle had gone through the ice near the Snowball Bridge. All four were taken to the hospital where they were treated and released.
Located at the corner of Monkland and Benny avenues, the cultural centre was initially slated to open in 2012. "There were a few problems," said Peter McQueen, the city councillor for Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. McQueen said the new library will be particularly welcome in a borough that has a shortage of library books.
Olympic medallists Charles Hamelin and Marianne St-Gelais, who are engaged, won their respective finals at the Dresden, Germany, competition. Hamelin won his final in one minute, 25.676 seconds, ahead of Russia's Semen Elistratov, who finished in 1:25.742. Hamelin also shared the podium with fellow Canadian Charle Cournoyer, who won bronze in 1:25.778.
Two challenging books tackle what it means to be human in a world of science, industrialization and consumerism — even though they take place two hundred years apart.
A college kid named Gary Doer had a plan to leave school for a while, get some work experience, then return to finish his degree in political science. "Ambassador, you have put a lot of pucks in the net," said Sen. Amy Klobuchar.
RCMP say a 27-year-old Winnipeg man has been charged with a string of offences following a high-speed chase in western Manitoba, in which a stolen SUV slammed into a police cruiser and dragged an officer who was trying to make the arrest. RCMP caught up with the white vehicle about 37 kilometres east of Neepawa, Man., on Highway 16.
Family Day, which provides a much-needed midwinter break, falls on Monday, Feb. 8. - The Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre is hosting Chinese New Year celebrations from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event features live performances, games, a play area and a food concession. - Britannia Ice Rink is offering free skating on Family Day as well as a dance performance and hot chocolate.