For the past eight years, thousands of conservative activists have descended on Washington each spring with dreams of putting a Republican in the White House. With Donald Trump's presidential victory, the future of the conservative movement has become entwined with an unconventional New York businessman better known for his deal-making than any ideological principles. Some conservatives worry whether they can trust their new president to follow decades of orthodoxy on issues like international affairs, small government, abortion and opposition to expanded legal protections for LGBT Americans — and what it means for their movement if he doesn't.
Enderby City Council is proposing a new bylaw which would greatly restrict the sale of both medicinal and recreational marijuana and make it nearly impossible for new pot businesses to set up shop. Under the proposed rules, retail marijuana sales would not be allowed with 100 metres of residential areas, schools, daycares, playgrounds, community centres, parks, civic buildings or churches, limits that apply to virtually all areas of the small community of 3,000. "With the unknown future of marijuana in Canada, we thought that we should put together a framework for people," said Greg McCune, the city's mayor.
A Fredericton homeowner frustrated when a plow operator dumped a load of snow at the end of his driveway succumbed to shovel rage, city officials say — chasing the loader up his suburban street, shovel swinging. "The homeowner was not happy," said Mike Walker, the city's manager of roadway operations, who told a city committee this week about the Feb. 13 incident. The plow passed by, clearing the roadway but leaving a heavy windrow as the man shovelled his driveway, Walker said in an interview Wednesday.
A former organized crime investigator with the Montreal police who accused the force of corruption and fabricating evidence says he's skeptical about the provincial police's mandate to look into the allegations. Giovanni Di Feo says politicians, authorities and the public need to be strong-willed to change what he claims is a culture of impunity in the Montreal police's internal affairs department. Di Feo, along with his former colleague Jimmy Cacchione, recently came forward claiming they were forced out of their jobs in 2013 after trying to blow the whistle on corruption in the city police.
Romanian children adopted from overcrowded orphanages in the 1990s were more likely to suffer psychological problems as adults compared to other children taken in by British families, according to a decades-long study. "These kids came to the U.K. in desperate conditions, very malnourished and very stunted in growth," said Edmund Sonuga-Barke of the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London, the study's lead author. The researchers tracked more than 160 Romanian infants to 3-year-olds adopted by British families in the 1990s.
Toronto police say they are investigating not only an anti-Muslim rally that took place on the doorstep of a downtown mosque nearly a week ago, but allegations of hate speech inside the mosque as well. More than a dozen people converged on Masjid Toronto last Friday, calling for a ban on Islam as Muslims prayed inside. After a formal complaint was filed Tuesday, the rally is under investigation by the hate crime unit, corporate communications director Mark Pugash confirmed to CBC Toronto.
It was supposed to be the happiest day of her life, but on Naimo Ahmed's wedding day, her new husband and her mother were killed. The 23-year-old Somali woman spent the days after her marriage in July fleeing — first to a relative's home in Mogadishu, Somalia's capital, and then to countries across the world, including Ecuador, Colombia and Costa Rica. On Monday, Ahmed walked into Canada, where she finally hopes to find a home and a future.
The Supreme Court of Canada agreed Thursday to hear two appeals involving a private Christian university that demands all students sign a code of conduct forbidding sexual intimacy outside heterosexual marriage. Trinity Western University has been seeking accreditation in all provinces for future graduates of its proposed law school but has faced pushback from law societies in Ontario, British Columbia and Nova Scotia over its controversial conduct code. The Ontario and British Columbia cases, which pit religious freedom against equality rights, are now before the country's top court.
Iraqi forces backed by the U.S.-led international coalition fought their way Thursday into a sprawling military base outside of Mosul and onto the grounds of the city's airport, taking control of the runway amid fierce exchanges of fire with Islamic State group militants. Iraqi federal police units, backed by regular army forces, entered the airport Thursday morning, according to two police officials who said heavy clashes were underway hours later with IS militants hunkered down inside several airport buildings.
Malaysia's police chief said Thursday investigators want to question a North Korean embassy official about the death of the exiled half brother of Pyongyang's leader, saying he should co-operate if he has nothing to hide despite having diplomatic immunity. Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said police have also asked Interpol to issue an alert for four North Korean men who left Malaysia the same day Kim Jong Nam was attacked by two women as he waited for a flight at the Kuala Lumpur airport on Feb 13. The four men are believed to be back in North Korea, but police also want to question three other people still in Malaysia, including Hyon Kwang Song, a second secretary at the North Korean Embassy.
A chilling 911 call made by a panicked supervisor has been played in court at the trial of a man accused of murdering two co-workers and wounding others during an attack at an Edmonton grocery warehouse in 2014. Jurors heard the tape of Loblaws supervisor Michael Benti pleading with the attacker while a 911 operator tries to get him to give her information. Jayme Pasieka, 32, faces 10 charges including first-degree murder and attempted murder.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended his government's proposed legislation to expand border preclearance at Canadian airports and other crossings Wednesday as the opposition New Democrats pushed to stop the bill in its tracks. The NDP argued the bill doesn't take into account what it called "the climate of uncertainty at the border" created by the Trump administration's recently adopted immigration policies.
SpaceX made good on a 250-mile-high delivery at the International Space Station on Thursday, after fixing a navigation problem that held up the shipment a day. Everything went smoothly the second time around as the station astronauts captured the SpaceX Dragon cargo ship as the two craft sailed over Australia. On Wednesday, a GPS system error prevented the capsule from getting close enough to be grabbed by the station's big robot arm.
Zika hasn't gone away, but as the mosquito-borne virus has faded from the headlines, travellers seem less concerned about it than they were last year. Another reason Zika headlines have faded is because mosquitoes are less prevalent in late fall and winter, but "we're entering into the phase where the season might be picking up," said Bryan Lewis, a research associate professor at Virginia Tech's Biocomplexity Institute.
The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a city's ordinance banning discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation or gender identity, but it stopped short of saying whether a state law aimed at prohibiting such local LGBT protections is constitutional . The justices reversed a judge's decision that Fayetteville's anti-discrimination ordinance didn't violate a state law prohibiting cities from enacting protections not covered by state law. Fayetteville, a liberal enclave in northwestern Arkansas, is one of several cities that approved local protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in response to the 2015 law.
Wed, Feb 22: Toronto Public Health said 14 cases of mumps have been confirmed in the city and an outbreak has been declared. Ashley Carter reports on the one part of the city most of those infected had in common.
Charges have been laid in a jailhouse attack on a man convicted of killing a Calgary couple and their grandchild. Police did not name the victim, but Douglas Garland's lawyer confirmed that his client was attacked Friday night while waiting to be transferred to a federal prison. Garland, 57, was found guilty last week of killing Alvin and Kathy Liknes and five-year-old Nathan O'Brien.
Ontario electricity distributors will no longer be allowed to disconnect customers' power in the winter if they don't pay their bills, which are steadily rising along with ratepayer anger. Sources have said in addition to more savings for all customers, the government is looking at improving programs that help low-income people struggling to pay their electricity bills. Meanwhile, about 60,000 disconnections occur in Ontario each year, though the Ontario Energy Board doesn't know how many happen during the winter.
While the students work on construction in Yorkton at the Castle Lumber Yard, Isabel O'Soup, chief of the Yorkton Tribal Council, said they learn electrical and carpentry skills, as well as plumbing, roofing and measuring. "By the time the weekend was done, the house was up — the structure, the frame, the roof was done and was on.
Vancouver Park Board chair Michael Wiebe says the Vancouver Aquarium's announced return of its beluga whale program was a surprise to the park board commissioners. Wiebe says he is disappointed the aquarium made the announcement before a March 8 special park board meeting to explore staff recommendations on the board's options for dealing with the aquarium's retention of cetaceans. "Park board did change a bylaw … to no longer bring in wild cetaceans.
In one early test, those customized creams guarded five patients with a kind of itchy eczema against risky bacteria that were gathering on their cracked skin, researchers reported Wednesday. "It's boosting the body's overall immune defences ," said Dr. Richard Gallo, dermatology chairman at the University of California, San Diego, who is leading the work. This community — what scientists call the microbiome — plays critical roles in whether we stay healthy or become more vulnerable to various diseases.
Simba the lion and Lula the bear are the Mosul zoo's only survivors -- the other animals were killed by shelling, starved to death or ate each other during the fighting. Federal forces retook that side of Mosul last month from the Islamic State group after more than two years of tyrannical rule by the jihadist group and weeks of bitter combat. Until Amir Khalil, a kind of 'roving war zone veterinarian', and his team of volunteers from the Four Paws animal welfare charity visited on Tuesday, nobody had entered the cages in weeks.
Colin Hunter MacLean, president of the Waterfront Development Corp. and a major influence in the province's upgraded and expanded community college system, died Tuesday in Halifax. It's a combination you don't often see," Mayor Mike Savage said Wednesday. As head of the Waterfront Development Corp. since 2008, MacLean played a big part in Halifax's vibrant and welcoming waterfront with its kiosks, funky streetlights and extended boardwalk, Savage said.
A flock of wild turkeys is making its rounds into the St. Stephen area. Earlier this week, Jeff Craig who lives in St. Stephen, was driving to the Garcelon Civic Center, when he spotted a flock of more than 40 turkeys in the corner of his eye. The St. Stephen resident, who enjoys capturing photos and video of the wild birds, says he has received a lot of positive response from the public regarding his work.