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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.
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.
Everyone knows that the reason people have babies is so that they can pull hilarious pranks on them, and what’s funnier than introducing your baby to your identical twin brother? Stephen Ratpojanakul is the father of an adorable baby boy named Reed. Stephen also has an identical twin named Michael, and the brothers — who really do look exactly alike — thought it might be fun to mess with little Reed’s head for a bit.
Tue, Feb 9: Hawaii's Big Island has declared a state of emergency over a dengue fever outbreak. Consumer Matters reporter Anne Drewa tells you what you need to know if you're planning a vacation to the tropics.
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.
Imagine your realtor sold your home for $500,000 more than the price you agreed to — but you didn't see a penny of that extra cash. A controversial sales technique called "shadow flipping" allows realtors to score two or even three times their standard commission on a single house by reassigning the sale to different owners at ever higher prices. An increasing number of real estate transactions in the Vancouver region feature what's called an "assignment clause," which allows the buyer to transfer or sell his or her interest in the property before the closing date.
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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.
A Houston-area couple forced a Nigerian woman to care for their five children and home without pay during a two-year period in which she was physically and verbally abused, made to work nearly 20 hours a day and told to sleep on the floor, federal authorities say. Chudy and Sandra Nsobundu were arrested Monday on charges of forced labour, withholding documents, conspiracy to harbour an illegal immigrant and visa fraud. Authorities say the couple seized the nanny's passport, so she was unable to leave.
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.
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.
Canada's Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan met for the first time Wednesday with U.S. Secretary of Defence Ash Carter, who told him the U.S. will "intensify" its fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Sajjan's meeting with Carter comes two days after Canada announced it will pull its six fighter jets from the bombing campaign against ISIS by Feb.22, while increasing the number of special forces deployed on the ground to help train Iraqi forces. Sajjan is in Brussels for a two-day meeting of NATO defence ministers.
On Feb. 10, 1956, a black flag flew over Bordeaux prison in Montreal as Wilbert Coffin walked to the gallows and became the 86th prisoner to meet his end with the state executioner. Coffin, convicted of murdering an American tourist hunting in Gaspé, maintained his innocence. "We never ever dreamt that my brother would go to the gallows," said Marie Coffin-Stewart, Wilbert's younger sister.
The City of Victoria has laid out some ground rules as it moves to regulate medical-marijuana businesses and included is a licensing fee that is a fraction of the Vancouver charge. The city is asking for public input on more than a dozen proposed regulations, including a fee ranging from $4,000 to $5,000, that no one under the age of 19 be on the premises, that health-warnings signs be posted and that there be no consumption of the product in the store. Vancouver is further ahead in its regulation process and plans to charge $30,000 for a business licence.
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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.
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.
Jennifer Leigh O'Neill describes herself as a sexual assault survivor and advocate for others like her. After following coverage of the sexual assault and choking trial of Jian Ghomeshi, she decided to head down to the Toronto courthouse with about six other people to make a statement with protest placards. "I came out because, basically, as a survivor of sexual assault who has gone through the court process and seen the accused found guilty, I feel it's important for us to show our faces during this court process," O'Neil said.
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.
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Harrington is on an equalized payment plan of $174 a month, which he pays in full each bill, so he phoned the company to point out he had no such credit. "All this happened because they said they had a problem with their software," Harrington said. "These bills don't make any sense." said Harrington, shaking his head as he looked over the mound of paper bills in front of him.
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.
One of the warmest winters in memory seems to be coming to an early end, at least you would think so if you were one of the people on Tuesday to have seen a mosquito.
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.
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Controversial changes to how French is taught in elementary schools were passed by trustees with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board on Tuesday night after a lengthy debate, and the trustees are defending their actions amid continued criticism. Starting this fall, kindergarten classes for all students will be bilingual with 50 per cent of the instruction in French and 50 per cent in English. And in Grades 1 through 3, math instruction for students in French immersion will switch to English.
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.
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.
A young man from Lethbridge is telling the story of how he was injured by an unmarked wire that had been strung across a trail in the community, an accident similiar to one that killed a teenager from the same town in 2012. Jeff Coleman, now 18 and a student at Memorial University, said his accident happened July 9, 2010 when he was riding his 125cc Suzuki to a friend's house.
The Newfoundland and Labrador government announced Wednesday a new online service option for people looking to renew a driver's licence. Minister Eddie Joyce said in a statement the goal is to make licence renewal more convenient for all drivers. "With this new online service and 10 year photos, people can avoid line-ups, save time, and even save a trip to another community if the nearest motor registration office is located outside their area," said Joyce.
The much-sought-after stock of Jamie Oliver knives was replenished at a St. John's Sobeys store Wednesday, only to be quickly depleted. At the Howley Estates store, off Elizabeth Avenue, staff brought out boxes of the knives around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday to a line of about 60 waiting eager shoppers. Once enough stamps are collected, they can be redeemed for an assortment of the Jamie Oliver line.
Tue, Feb 9: Husky Energy has confirmed layoffs, but will not disclose how many workers were let go. Stefan Keyes reports.
Amid hopes that Canadian manufacturing will drive economic growth in a country reeling from low oil prices, internal federal documents warn the sector's rebirth is staring at "significant" structural obstacles. In a recent memo addressed to Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains, advisers point to industry hurdles that include low productivity, poor innovation, a failure to scale up and weak participation in global value chains. The fate of Canadian manufacturing will have consequences that reach beyond the industry, the briefing note says.
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.
Allyson Mitton’s took her two border collie dogs through a Sussex, N.B., Tim Hortons drive-thru, CBC News reports. Living outside of town, Mitton hooked up her two dogs, Shift and Braya, to a sled and made their way through the slushy, snow-covered roads to reach the popular doughnut and coffee shop, reports The Huffington Post.
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.
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.
Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up in a northeastern Nigerian refugee camp, killing at least 58 people, health and rescue officials said Wednesday. A third woman bomber was arrested and gave officials information about other planned bombings that helped them increase security at the camp, said an official of the Borno State Emergency Management Agency. Some 78 people are being treated for wounds from the twin explosions that occurred Tuesday morning in a camp of some 50,000 people driven from their homes by the Boko Haram Islamic uprising, according to health workers in Maiduguri, the biggest city in northeastern Nigeria and birthplace of Boko Haram.
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.
Forest Lawn will soon be home to a halfway house run by the Calgary John Howard Society.
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.
For health workers battling Zika across much of Central America, the immediate menace is not the mosquitoes that transmit the virus. Armed and well-organized street gangs known as maras exert near-total control over entire neighbourhoods, using sentries to track everyone who comes and goes. In some cases, they deny access to health crews they suspect of working with police or a rival gang.
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.
This is the first time the territorial government has bought new water bombers, which are used to fight fires. The minister of environment and natural resources, Wally Schumann, says it makes more sense to buy the new Air Tractor 802 Fireboss aircraft than to upgrade the old fleet. It could have asked contractors to provide a fleet of aircraft as well as operate and maintain them, but Schumann says many northern companies would not have been able to bid on it.
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.
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: 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.
Panera wants to eliminate one of the biggest scourges of eating out — bungled orders. The devil, as they say, is in the details, particularly when it comes to all the adjustments people want for the sandwiches and salads on Panera's menu. Panera launched a campaign almost two years ago to modernize its operations.
The head of the Egg Farmers of P.E.I. supports the commitment of Canadian producers to get rid of battery cages by 2036. Animal welfare groups say the cages are cramped and inhumane. It will take time for some of the Island's eight egg farms to make the transition, explained John Dennis, chairman of the Egg Farmers of P.E.I. chairman.
If your dog’s retrieving skills amaze you, you soon might have a chance to test if your pooch is in fact, smarter than average. A study published this month in the journal Intelligence found that dogs that aced one test seemed to do well on others – just like humans. Scientists Rosalind Arden and Mark Adam also found the test could be used to accurately gauge a dog’s intelligence and noted that the quicker a dog responded to a test’s prompts, the more precise its responses would be.
NATO defence ministers on Wednesday approved new multinational reinforcements to beef up defences of frontline alliance members most at risk from Russia, the alliance's secretary-general announced. Jens Stoltenberg said the plan adopted by the United States and NATO's 27 other members calls for the use of troops from multiple countries who rotate in and out of eastern European member states rather than being permanently based there. The soldiers "will be multinational to make clear that an attack against one ally is any attack against all allies and that the alliance as a whole will respond," Stoltenberg told a news conference following the first session of the two-day defence ministers' meeting.
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.
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.
British Columbia's housing industry has been jolted by allegations that real estate agents are taking part in so-called shadow flipping. An assignment clause is a contract provision included in some real estate transactions that allows a buyer to resell or transfer a property to another buyer before the deal's closing date. The assignment clause was originally intended to give buyers a legal way of backing out of a purchase if for some reason their circumstances changed after they had put an offer on a property, instead of having to surrender their deposit.
Halifax says most of the snow from Monday's blizzard has been cleared, but there will still be certain streets you can't park your car on Wednesday night.
For the 15th time, officials denied parole for Sirhan Sirhan, the assassin of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, after hearing Wednesday from another person who was shot that night and called for Sirhan's release. The decision came after Sirhan answered questions from the California parole panel for about three hours in a small, windowless conference room. Commissioners concluded Sirhan did not show adequate remorse or understand the enormity of his crime.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dropped into a provincial byelection Tuesday, where, according to the Liberal candidate, the party believes it has a real shot at the seat for the first time in decades. The Ontario Liberals brought out the big guns in the final days of the Whitby-Oshawa byelection campaign even though the result of the vote won't change the balance of power in the provincial legislature. Trudeau's participation comes after Premier Kathleen Wynne took a high-profile role in Trudeau's successful federal campaign, though it's unusual for a prime minister to wade into a provincial byelection.
Parents whose children attend a rural school south of Quesnel, B.C. are not letting their children go to class today and protesting outside the school instead to condemn its potential closure. School district 28 is trying to save money by closing the 61-student school, Kersley Elementary, located just south of Quesnel. "We are also trying to bring attention to our cause, which is not only saving our school but also showing parents province-wide that they have to stand up for their public education system," said Christina Moffat, whose child attends the school.
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.
Wed, Feb 10: Watch the entire speech from new TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond, who says he knows the organization has plenty of work to do.
Good morning, Calgary! It's mainly clear and –2 C at the airport at 8 a.m. Here's what's happening in the city today.