Egyptian authorities arrested seven people Monday who they accused of being gay and promoting homosexuality for allegedly raising the rainbow flag of the LGBT movement at a concert, filing charges even though there is no law officially banning the practice. The flag was a rare sign of support for highly marginalized homosexuals in this conservative country and it came at a Cairo performance Friday by popular Lebanese indie rock band Mashrou' Leila, a jazzy, electro-Arabesque group whose lead singer is openly gay. The seven arrested Monday have been charged with "inciting immorality," security officials said, adding that the Supreme State Security Prosecution acted after authorities discovered the seven had "raised the flag of homosexuals." The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to brief journalists.
City councillors and the public packed into council chambers Monday evening to debate the future of the proposed Rail Deck Park, a green space that would stretch from just west of the Air Canada Centre to Bathurst Street. The 21-acre (8.5-hectare) park was proposed somewhat unexpectedly last August and championed by former chief city planner Jennifer Keesmaat and Mayor John Tory as a legacy project. At Monday's meeting, acting chief planner Gregg Lintern presented city staff's plan.
A Windsor developer says the city's plan to eliminate a property tax rebate for vacant buildings won't actually fix the problem. The province's Municipal Act directs cities to rebate property taxes by 30 to 35 per cent for the portion of the building that is vacant. In June, Windsor City Council approved a plan that would see the rebate for vacant downtown commercial buildings reduced by half during the second year of the vacancy, and eliminated completely in the third year. The rebate program would not change in the rest of the city, at least initially.
Human remains have been found near the base of a waterfall in the Fraser Valley, close to where a hiker and her partner went missing this summer. Police have not confirmed that the remains found this weekend are those of Australian Sophie Dowsley, who disappeared in July. "We're basically waiting for confirmation of identity from the coroner," Staff Sgt. Stephen Vrolyk told CBC News.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says judicial reform aimed at rooting out corruption in his country will be introduced in two weeks, but the leader rejects calls for the creation of an independent anti-corruption court. "I am absolutely confident that it is vital for us to create anti-corruption system in the whole court institution of Ukraine," Poroshenko said in an exclusive interview with CBC's Rosemary Barton. Reform of Ukraine's judicial system began in 2015, designed to restore public confidence in the judiciary and root out corruption.
Dozens of families, friends and advocates for missing and murdered Indigenous women sang and beat drums Monday as they walked the last stretch of a 350-kilometre journey along Interior B.C.’s so-called Highway of Tears.
Boris Charmatzis out to make the world dance. Only weeks after getting 20,000 people to dance over 10 hours on the tarmac of Berlin's old Tempelhof airport, the French dancer and choreographer is about to repeat the trick at the vast 104 arts centre in Paris on Sunday. While the American photographer Spencer Tunick persuades people to take off their clothes for mass nude shots, Charmatz has similarly inspired tens of thousands to shed their hang-ups about dancing.
A Toronto artificial intelligence institute set up in March with more than $150 million of public and private funding has named Carnegie Mellon professor Garth Gibson as its first chief executive. The Vector Institute, which the Canadian government set up this year in a bid to help establish Toronto as a global hub for work in artificial intelligence, said on Monday that Gibson would head the institute from Jan. 2. Gibson, 58, is a Toronto-area native who moved to the United States in the 1980s to pursue graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley.
You have to be quite tough not to give up," says pensioner Tsvetka Radkova, 66, as she puffs and pants in the classroom in the village of Momchilovtsi in southern Bulgaria. Few Europeans, and not many Bulgarians for that matter, have heard of Momchilovtsi, perched high on the slopes of the Rhodope mountains in south-eastern Europe near the border with Greece.
An obstacle course race in the Okanagan, filled with challenges from the day-to-day life of a farmer, is one way for people to get a better sense of what farm life is all about. On the Coast food columnist Gail Johnson dove head first into the Home Hardware Freak'n Farmer Adventure Obstacle Race this past weekend in Oliver, B.C. The farm where the race is held, at Covert Farms Family Estate, is overrunning with chickens, llamas, Barbados blackbelly sheep and highland cattle, Johnson said.
On the first day of a three-week jury trial, Paralympian Miranda Biletski was brought to tears as she recalled the aftermath of the diving accident at the centre of her lawsuit against the University of Regina. One day, 37 days after she joined the Regina Piranhas Swim Club, she dove off of starting blocks into the university pool, struck her head on the pool bottom and fractured her spinal cord near the base of her neck. There were no opening statements from the University of Regina or the Regina Piranhas Swim Club on the first day of the three-week trial.
All hail the massive wigs, the shoulder pads, the gold lame and the cat fights: "Dynasty" -- that decadent, power-dressing apotheosis of in-your-face 1980s excess -- is back with a 2017 twist. The primetime US soap opera starring Joan Collins, Linda Evans and John Forsythe, which was shown around the world, became the most widely watched series in television history over eight glorious years. The CW's update, still focused on the trials and tribulations of the oil-rich Carrington clan, features Grant Show ("Melrose Place") in the role of Forsythe's suave, silk-tongued Blake Carrington.
Five people have been taken into custody in connection with two incidents of gunfire outside the same Surrey home this weekend. An investigation into the shots fired at a home in the 14700 block of 30th Avenue led officers to another home in White Rock, where the potential suspects were taken into custody, according to an RCMP news release. Three vehicles were also seized, and investigators are hoping to search the home to determine whether the five people were involved in the shootings.
More than 57,000 people have fled the surrounds of Mount Agung volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali, fearing an imminent eruption, officials said Tuesday. An increasing frequency of tremors from the volcano indicates magma is continuing to move toward the surface and an eruption is possible, said National Disaster Mitigation agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. The alert status of Agung was raised to the highest level on Friday following a dramatic increase in seismic activity.
A long-discussed report is complete and recommends amalgamating Wabush and Labrador City and forming a new community: Labrador West. Now that Stantec has completed it, there is still a long way to go, Oldford admitted. "The real work is going to start now with the new council ... the next steps are to really take this 166-page report and to really sit down with people in the community and explain it," Oldford told CBC Radio's Labrador Morning.
McCormick's latest effort saw him Monday give Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan the Memorial Cross that was awarded to a grieving mother 100 years ago after she lost a son at the battle of the Somme. "You bring a sense of closure to people," Sajjan told McCormick in a private event held on Parliament Hill, "especially when it comes to the Memorial Cross.
By Eric Auchard and Costas Pitas FRANKFURT/LONDON (Reuters) - Lyft, Uber’s closest U.S. rival in the taxi-hailing business, met repeatedly with officials from London's transport regulator over the past year, a sign it may be targeting the city for international expansion. Transport for London (TfL), which oversees taxi and private hire car operators, published details of the meetings with Lyft executives in response to a UK government freedom of information request in July. If Lyft enters the London market Uber would face its first well-funded competitor in Europe when it is trying to overturn a decision by TfL not to renew its license.
An elderly couple with ties to Cape Breton hasn't been heard from since Hurricane Maria struck the Caribbean last week, leaving a path of destruction in its wake. Mary and Tony McCann, who are in their 80s, live in Vieques, an island off Puerto Rico. Mary is originally from Inverness, and has 16 brothers and sisters, many of whom still live in Cape Breton.
The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District (NLESD) says about 10 per cent of its students missed 18 or more days of class last year without having a valid excuse. Parents or guardians will be called once a student misses 10 per cent, and the principal will determine if a student is given material covered in missed classes. A letter Monday from the chair of the NLESD, Goronwy Price, suggests a softer approach.
Exercise is hard. As we head into the fall and get back into our established routines, here are some tips for the non-masochists out there who are looking to make regular physical activity an easier and lasting part of their lifestyle. One barrier that's easy to reduce is travel time, suggests fitness coach Geoff Starling, who sat down with The Calgary Eyeopener to share his insight.
Canadian researchers are urging Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor to support broad research on the use of psychedelic drugs —including LSD and an active ingredient in magic mushrooms — as medical treatments for conditions including addiction and depression. Mark Haden, an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS), is among leading experts who say psychedelics could offer a breakthrough for a range of health conditions including post-traumatic stress disorder and opioid addiction — an urgent national health crisis. It is "absolutely pressing" for the federal government to examine the safe use of the drugs in controlled clinical settings, Haden said, adding that a "psychedelic renaissance" underway in the research world could greatly benefit patients.
The long-awaited McInnis cement plant in Port-Daniel–Gascons, Que., is expected to create 200 jobs in the Gaspé region — but it's also predicted to produce more greenhouse gas than any other industrial operation in the province. Premier Philippe Couillard was among those on hand today for the plant's official inauguration. The project was not subject to environmental review board hearings because it was initially proposed before the hearings process, known as BAPE, existed.
A company that owns the Glen Abbey Golf Club in the heart of Oakville, Ont., has notified the town that it will file an application to remove and demolish the famed golf course on the lands it owns. The letter to the town clerk written by a lawyer for ClubLink — which owns and operates the course off Dorval Drive — comes after Oakville city council voted unanimously to designate the site a heritage property under the Ontario Heritage Act. In a news release, ClubLink CEO and chairman Rai Sahi said the company disagrees with the proposed heritage designation because it is "extremely broad and overreaching" and it believes the town cannot force the the company to operate the course in perpetuity.
A blaze that destroyed three buildings and damaged a fourth in downtown Virden is being investigated as "suspicious," says the local fire chief. "It's under investigation," fire chief Brad Yochim said Monday. Cleanup was underway on Monday in the western Manitoba town as people still come to terms with the loss of three heritage buildings in Virden's historic downtown.
There will be a total of 52 pre-primary classes up and running by next month, with an additional 70 planned for next fall. "We're looking at probably at least 70 for next September," Churchill told reporters after chatting with some of the 16 children and two educators who make up the pre-primary class at the school. Tasha Pitcher's four-year-old daughter Jasmine attends the pre-primary class.