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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had his military chief executed for corruption and other charges, a South Korean official said Thursday. If true, the execution of Ri Yong Gil, chief of the North Korean military's general staff, would be the latest in a series of killings, purges and dismissals since Kim took power in late 2011. Details about North Korea's opaque government are notoriously difficult for outsiders to get, even national governments, and South Korean officials have a spotty record of tracking developments in North Korea.
Due to her show-stopping performance, she may be en route to getting banned from Canada – if Toronto councillor Jim Karygiannis has anything to say about it. The pop star is slated to play at the Rogers Centre in Toronto as a part of her Formation tour in a few months. During the spot, Beyoncé gave shout-outs to the Black Panthers and Malcolm X. She also wore a bullet vest that was somewhat of a tribute to Michael Jackson’s 1993 halftime performance.
A pregnant South Shore woman is frustrated that she can't get a full refund for her Caribbean vacation, which she now wants to cancel because of the Zika virus. Jennifer Basciano and her mother Joyce Scott were looking forward to their Caribbean cruise since October. As long as we have a healthy baby,'" Scott said.
A coat. A block of cheese. Snowshoes. A knife. Coveralls. A fishing rod. Styling scissors.
Halifax's deputy mayor, Matt Whitman, is criticizing the RCMP officer who fined his neighbour $406 for using an ATV to widen a snow-covered street. "My opinion at this stage is this guy deserves a warning, let's not punish Good Samaritans," Whitman told CBC Radio's Maritime Noon. Whitman said his neighbour on Diana Drive in Hammonds Plains uses his ATV equipped with a plow to remove snow the city misses.
Wed, Feb 10: Calgary Flames forward Sean Monahan speaks to media a day after he, Johnny Gaudreau and Lance Bouma were benched for the Flames game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
A bird that is rarely spotted is being seen by thousands in a video taken in Churchill, Man. and posted to Facebook. On Tuesday, explore.org, a multimedia organization that documents nature around the globe, posted the video to Facebook. It shows the falcon yawning and subsequently looking straight into the camera.
A newborn goat climbing a rock is the latest video to make its rounds and win hearts over the Internet. After being rejected by her mother and having to be bottle-fed, Violet becomes a wide-eyed wanderer in her “first day in the big world,” the Catskill Animal Sanctuary told The Huffington Post. The baby goat is captured running about with her short tail wagging and testing the strength of her new legs, as she props herself onto a rock.
Sirhan Sirhan was denied parole Wednesday for fatally shooting Robert F. Kennedy after a confidante of the slain senator who was shot in the head forgave him and repeatedly apologized for not doing more to win his release. Paul Schrade's voice cracked with emotion during an hour of testimony on his efforts to untangle mysteries about the events of June 5, 1968. The 91-year-old former labour leader said he believed Sirhan shot him but that a second unidentified shooter felled Kennedy.
Two teenagers have been credited for pulling out an RCMP officer from a flipped car in northeastern B.C. Kaiden McGowan and Tanner Merrick were eating supper when they saw a truck rush past McGowan's home in Pouce Coupe on Tuesday night. "We saw a cop car pursuing it and then the power went out," Merrick told CBC.
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British Columbia's superintendent of real estate is denying that she has failed to take action on "shadow flipping," saying she only learned of specific allegations from the media last week. Carolyn Rogers said her office has not received any complaints in recent years about the assignment clause, which involves a real estate agent selling the same home multiple times before the sale closes to drive up the final price and collect multiple commissions. Opposition New Democrat housing critic David Eby has accused Rogers and the Real Estate Council of B.C. of turning a blind eye to what he calls fraudulent and unethical behaviour by some Metro Vancouver real estate agents.
Things got a little awkward during a Monday night episode of the BBC show “Crimewatch,” for one host in particular. Hosts Jason Mohammad and Sophie Raworth were giving an update about a crime story involving Viktor Lakatos, who was imprisoned after being convicted for attacking an elderly man, Mashable reports. “In March we asked for your help in finding Victor Lakatos,” Raworth said on the show.
A gunman fatally shot a sheriff's deputy inside a crowded restaurant at lunchtime Wednesday and killed another deputy in a shootout nearby, authorities and witnesses said. The suspect was killed in the shootout not far from the shopping centre where the restaurant was situated, Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said. The shooter, 67-year-old David Brian Evans, had warrants out for his arrest in Harford County and Orange County, Florida, where he was accused of assaulting a police officer.
Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia says staff thoroughly inspected an apartment to ensure it was bedbug-free before moving in a family of six Syrian refugees on Feb. 1. Director of operations Gerry Mills said families are moved into safe and appropriate housing, and ISANS staff keep the health and well-being of refugees in mind.
Donald Trump's rallies had a working-class feel in New Hampshire — with more ball caps, checkered flannel and camouflage-themed gear than some of the more establishment crowds. Who were the people behind Trump's first primary victory? Trump was especially dominant among those who said they were falling behind financially.
Dave Weidman of Toowoomba Snake Catchers 24/7 stumbled upon a rare yet gruesome sight when attending to a local call, according to The Telegraph. Weidman posted a video to the company’s official Facebook page on Sunday. In it, we find Weidman rummages through a client’s garage when he discovers two small-eyed snakes – one of which is already half-eaten by the other.
For more than half a century, the unsolved killing of a young schoolteacher and beauty queen who was last seen at church haunted the Texas city of McAllen. Using a walker, a frail-looking John Bernard Feit, now 83, appeared in court Wednesday in Phoenix after being arrested a day earlier at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, on a murder charge. "This whole thing makes no sense to me because the crime in question took place in 1960," Feit said, adding that he plans to fight extradition to Texas.
The dancing duo won the equivalent of roughly $30,000, a shopping spree, a trip to Disneyland, a talent contract and a house and lot in the Philippines. For now, they're on tour in the Philippines, but they want to build their careers in Canada.
A 32-year-old Charlottetown man whose Porsche was filmed wildly careening down a city street has learned the hard way that amateur dash cams can provide a prosecutor's dream evidence. Steven Green pleaded guilty to dangerous driving last month and was sentenced on Tuesday to 10 days in jail after the video depicting his wild and swerving drive went viral. The video — which has close to two million views on YouTube — shows Green accelerating out of a stoplight, fishtailing and initially crashing into a concrete median.
Toronto Police Deputy Chief Peter Sloly, whose recent criticism of police operations in Toronto was seemingly at odds with the service, is resigning after a 27-year career. Sloly, who applied to succeed Bill Blair in the top job last year but lost out to fellow deputy chief Mark Saunders, said he was not pushed out due to the contentious remarks. A statement from the Toronto Police Services Board said the resignation is effective immediately.
Wed, Feb 10: The Crown closes its case against Jian Ghomeshi. The final presented evidence relates to a close friend of one of the complainants. Christina Stevens reports.
The spokesperson said the company will not be providing specific numbers, but that the staff reductions were across the company's operations. "These are difficult decisions and we will continue to take the steps necessary to ensure the company's resilience through this cycle and beyond," the spokesperson said.
From robotic milking machines to data-gathering drones, industry watchers say technology is making agriculture more precise and efficient as farmers push for increased profits and yields. "There's a whole confluence of technologies that are adding a lot of value on the farm quickly," said Aki Georgacacos, co-founder of Calgary-based Avrio Capital. The venture capital firm focuses on agriculture and food innovations, and Georgacacos says changes like fine-detailed mapping and sensors for everything from soil moisture to fuel use are just beginning.
An Annapolis Valley businessman has been sentenced to four years in jail after admitting to taking $8.5 million from the Royal Bank of Canada in what could be the largest fraud case in Nova Scotia history. Gregory Paul Burden, 66, falsified records to make it look as if his Kentville, N.S., company, Advance Commission Company of Canada Ltd., was more profitable than it seemed, Crown attorney Mark Heerema said Wednesday. "The books were being cooked - and they were being charbroiled," said Heerema, noting he could find no bigger fraud among reported court decisions in the province.
Sophina DeJesus of the University of California gymnastics team delivered a near-perfect floor routine but the moments in between her tumbling runs are the reason why she’s gained so much popularity. DeJesus was competing against the Utah Utes at her home arena on Saturday. “I love dancing,” DeJesus told The New York Times about her unorthodox dance routine.
A Surrey school board official, who helps kids — and parents — navigate technology, said the key is for parents to have "lots and lots of conversations," and to ensure that tablets, phones and computers don't become the focal point of a teen's life. Nancy Smith said educating parents is just as important as teaching children. She makes presentations to both. "Make sure you're still doing things that don't involve technology throughout your day," Smith said.
An elderly couple is reportedly unharmed after a harrowing video shot earlier this week shows them nearly getting swept away by giant waves. Posted Monday on YouTube, the video shows a man in a yellow jacket taking in the giant waves on a beach in Portsall, France.
Approximately 60 cars were ticketed and towed overnight as snowplows were out clearing streets in Saint John. The city declared an overnight parking ban Tuesday for the north, east and west areas of the city to allow for snow removal. Sgt. Jeff LaFrance, the head of the Saint John Police traffic division, said he is surprised at the high number of snow ban violations.
A water expert who first raised concerns about lead in Flint's drinking water dismissed as "contrived" a city official's suggestion in an email that anti-corrosive phosphates weren't added to the Flint River because of worries that the chemicals would promote bacterial growth. Environmental engineer Marc Edwards of Virginia Tech told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the Sept. 3 comment by Howard Croft, the former Flint public works director, was "a hindsight explanation" that came shortly after Edwards and his associates went public with warnings that the city's drinking water was dangerous. "It's very obvious this is a contrived explanation after the fact and it makes no sense," Edwards said.
Universities across Canada are getting squeezed by provincial budget cuts, declining enrolments, program changes and the weak loonie. Nipissing University should consider measures like cutting money-losing programs, reducing faculty and selling off real estate assets, advised an independent PwC audit commissioned by the Ontario government that was first reported by the Globe and Mail. University of Windsor president Alan Wildeman addressed concerns like aging professors, fewer younger Canadians and provincial funding and program changes in a campus address earlier this year.
Food banks in France will soon be giving out thousands more free meals a year thanks to a recently passed law forcing some grocery stores to donate unsold food to charity instead of throwing it out. The stores will also be required to give away food approaching its best-before date and stop the intentional spoiling food by soaking it in water or bleach, reports The Telegraph. The food will now have to be given to charities or farms, which would use whatever was not fit for human consumption as animal feed or compost.
An Indian-American actor and designer who was turned away from an airline flight after refusing to remove his Sikh turban during a security check said he's "thrilled" that Aeromexico is vowing to overhaul its screening protocols. In an interview Tuesday night at a Mexico City hotel where he ended up extending his stay by two nights, Waris Ahluwalia also expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support on social media that he believes helped pressure airline executives to change and apologize. Ahluwalia showed an excerpt from an email that he said came from Aeromexico.
A six month old Corgi-Sheltie mix named Mittens is ready to be adopted. Mittens was brought to the Winnipeg Humane Society in December with extensive injuries to his back paws. "The problem with that remaining foot on the back leg is that it doesn't have the main foot pad," said Dr. Erika Anseeuw, Director of Animal Health at the humane society.
Manitoba is changing how it counts the number of children in its care to exclude hundreds of cases such as Tina Fontaine's amid concerns it is being unfairly compared to other provinces. The 15-year-old, who was killed in 2014, was placed into the care of Child and Family Services voluntarily by her guardians. The province will no longer include children who are voluntarily placed in care as part of the overall number.
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Toronto-based carrier Porter Airlines is reportedly seeking a buyer, but aviation expert Karl Moore says Canada’s foreign ownership rules for carriers mean selling won’t be easy. Porter Aviation Holdings Inc., which owns the 10-year-old regional airline, is searching for a way to cash out, the Globe and Mail reports. Moore said Porter, which flies out of Toronto’s downtown Billy Bishop island airport, is an attractive asset because of its strong reputation, its convenient location and its business model.
Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas docked at Bayonne's Cape Liberty shortly after 9 p.m., its passengers cheering wildly. "I could kiss the ground" a woman cried as she rushed toward the cruise terminal, where passengers were reunited with family members. The ship was carrying 4,500 passengers and 1,600 crew members when it departed Saturday on a seven-day cruise to the Bahamas.
Tesla Motors Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk on Wednesday promised investors that the electric luxury car maker will start making money this year, sending the company's shares up sharply despite a wider fourth-quarter loss. Tesla shares rose more than 10 percent in after-hours trading after the company forecast a 60 to 80 percent increase in vehicle sales this year and promised it would turn a profit on an adjusted basis. Tesla shares are still down more than 30 percent since the beginning of the year, reflecting investor concerns about continued losses.
Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie is bristling at the province's suggestion the lack of affordable housing is because municipalities are taking too much money from developers — and in a shadowy manner. "Your government will work with municipalities to reduce the hidden costs in home purchases and to make those hidden costs clear and transparent," Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon read. Brodie says that the goal with city fees is to make growth pay for itself.
With a turbo-charged engine and a price tag that starts at under $35,000, the 2016 Q3 SUV delivers a fun and nimble ride along with Audi prestige. The smallest of Audi's three SUVs, the Q3 received some minor updates for 2016, including a new grille, fascia, bumpers taillights and wheels. The Q3 also is a recommended buy of Consumer Reports magazine, where reliability is rated as much better than average.
Video footage of dad Jared Edmunds pushing his son Atticus’ wheelchair in a community skate park has gone viral, reports The Daily Mirror, and the touching video has made the shy eight-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, a minor celebrity. As for their visits to the skate park, not only are they a fun past time, but they also benefit Atticus’ health.
An investigation by British Columbia's corner into the latest incident of a running shoe with a human foot washing ashore is now focused on a specific period of time. The coroner says in a news release that the runner was first sold in North America three years ago, indicating the person died between March 2013 and December 2015. A preliminary exam shows the foot would have naturally separated from the body after a prolonged period in the water, allowing the running shoe to float to where it was found near Port Renfrew, on the west coast of Vancouver Island, on Feb. 7.
"I am so happy, I can't speak," said Nour Ayal, holding back tears. Before Tuesday's reunion at the Vancouver International Airport, Nour had not seen her sister Dalal Ayal and her two sons, in three years.
A Manitoba towing company spent Sunday working more like a search and rescue team to help fishers on Lake Winnipeg who were stranded in blizzard-like conditions. Robert Stutsky, the owner of the towing company, has a big diesel truck with mattracks — tank-like treads in place of regular wheels.
Turkey's leaders lashed out Wednesday at the United Nations and others who are pressing the country to open its border to thousands more Syrian refugees, accusing them of failing to shoulder the refugee burden or stop the Russian bombings that have triggered the exodus. The civil war in Syria has killed more than 250,000 people and forced millions to flee their homes since it began in 2011. In recent days, a Russian-backed Syrian government offensive around the city of Aleppo has sent tens of thousands of people fleeing to the Turkish border.
A national retailer sold Chinese-made flooring that emits hazardous levels of formaldehyde, a federal investigation found. The laminate flooring was sold by Lumber Liquidators until last May, when the company announced it was halting sales. A long-awaited federal safety review found the flooring gave off enough formaldehyde gas to irritate the eyes, nose and throat of many people.
Monday's violent armed robbery at an Edmonton Mac's store stirred up some chilling memories for Lawrence Brendel. "It was an armed robbery and we pretty much got cleaned out. Since that day, Brendel's been acutely aware of the security measures business owners can take to try to prevent robberies.
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Local playwright Arthur Milner's new work tackles the thorny issue of assisted dying, one that has sparked debate and prompted the Supreme Court to weigh in. Milner said the ongoing national debate also inspired the work.
Wed, Feb 10: The crash in oil prices and shedding of jobs in Alberta's oil patch is a mixed blessing for the thousands of Atlantic Canadians who moved there for work. Some are finding new jobs back home, but as Ross Lord reports, others are in limbo.
The federal and provincial governments are giving $387,000 over the next two years to the second phase of a Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce project to create more entrepreneurship in P.E.I. The project aims to attract new entrepreneurs and support the ones that are already here through mentoring and guidance, helping connect them with capital and support them with investment education. The project also aims to help immigrants identify relevant business opportunities in P.E.I.
There's a battle brewing on Spring Garden Road, where cab drivers who stop at a coveted taxi stand say they're being targeted by parking enforcement officers. At the heart of the matter is the taxi stand outside of Park Lane Mall, where there's room for two taxis to pull over and wait for fares. But there are often several more cabs lined up. There was a request by the taxi industry to the city's traffic authority a few years ago to expand the taxi stand, but it was turned down.
Auditor Judy Ferguson was addressing the public accounts committee at the legislature on Wednesday. A meeting was called by NDP members in response to recent CBC reports about land deals involving a Crown corporation, the Global Transportation Hub. The NDP wanted to know if the auditor would be able to release the report before the April election, or release an interim report if the full report wasn't yet ready.
A group of transplant patients and their families wants the Manitoba government to change the rules so that people don't have to sign up in order to donate their organs after death. Instead, the group wants to switch to a system called "presumed consent," meaning everyone would be considered an organ donor unless they sign up to specifically opt out. The idea is to save more lives by getting more organ donations, with the group called Manitobans for Presumed Consent noting the province has the lowest rates in Canada.
Forget multitasking — it's not actually something you should try to get better at, says one author and elite athlete coach.
An old hotel building that once housed dozens of Japanese Canadian men working in an internment camp in southwestern Ontario during the Second World War could soon be demolished. The building had been put on a municipal heritage registry a few years ago, which meant the owner had to get permission from town officials in order to proceed with any proposed demolition plans. In a 17-1 vote this week, councillors opted to remove the property from the municipal heritage registry.
Two University of Saskatchewan biologists have discovered how motor boat noises make some reef fish easier prey. "It's certainly not good to be near a boat if you're a small fish," said Doug Chivers, a University of Saskatchewan biology professor. Chivers and Associate Professor of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences Maud Ferrari, along with colleagues from Australia and the United Kingdom, focused their study on the ambon damselfish and its natural predator, the dusky dottyback.
Car-locking systems have stopped more than 1.77 million people from driving drunk since states first passed laws requiring offenders to install them in 1999, Mothers Against Drunk Driving said in a first-of-its-kind report on the devices nationwide. The data come from the 11 major manufactures of the ignition interlock systems, and the report was released Wednesday. A convicted drunken driver must blow into the device to get a blood alcohol content reading before the vehicle will start.
An appeals court Wednesday upheld Mississippi's method of lethal injection, rejecting arguments from death row inmates who opposed the state's plan to use drugs not specifically approved by state law. The 5th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate ruled incorrectly in August when he issued a preliminary injunction blocking the state from executing prisoners. The opinion by Circuit Judge Jennifer Walker Elrod rejected arguments by death row prisoners that Mississippi can't execute them because the state no longer will be using the particular class of drugs required by state law.
Kurdish fighters helped by Russian airstrikes launched an attack in northern Syria on Wednesday in an attempt to capture a military air base held by Syrian insurgents, while an international aid group warned that the health system in parts of the north is close to collapse. Syria's Kurds have been among the most effective forces battling the Islamic State group, but have remained largely neutral in the conflict between President Bashar Assad and the rebels fighting to overthrow him. Maj. Yasser Abdul-Rahim, a rebel commander in Aleppo province, told The Associated Press that fighters from the Kurdish People's Protection Units, known as the YPG, are clashing with rebels near Mannagh air base.
The longer the delay in liquified natural gas facilities being developed in B.C., the more likely that countries such as the United States and Australia will develop the capacity instead, says a senior researcher for various Canadian think tanks. "The world isn't going to wait on Canada and B.C. If we can't get things done in this country, people will go and invest and build their LNG terminals elsewhere," said Philip Cross, a senior fellow at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, a public policy think tank. Cross said the regulatory process for LNG was "drawn out" in B.C., and also said that it took some time for the province to finalize its tax and royalty regime for the industry.