A caretaker at an assisted living centre who police say was filmed performing a sexually provocative dance on a 100-year-old resident was doing it as a prank and trying to make the man feel good, her attorney said. Brittany Fultz, 26, pleaded not guilty to gross sexual imposition Tuesday. Investigators said the man has dementia, but Fultz's attorney said the resident could have told her to stop but didn't.
Nimrat Gill's parents, Balraj and Amarinder, say they took their toddler to Abbotsford Regional Hospital on Feb. 6 after the girl showed signs of a fever. On Tuesday, the B.C. Coroners Service confirmed it will be looking into the case. It said such investigations are done any time there is an unexpected death.
An Iranian woman threatened with expulsion from Canada was arrested Tuesday because authorities feared she was a flight risk. Roghayeh Azizi Mirmahaleh, 60, is set to be deported to Iran on Feb. 28 after she was denied refugee status because of her ties with an organization deemed by Canada several years to be terrorist. The organization no longer appears on Canada's blacklist.
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.
Two Ottawa Police Service constables have been temporarily demoted for discreditable conduct after pleading guilty to issuing fake traffic warnings. The officers recorded that they had issued drivers Provincial Offence warnings like failure to produce proof of vehicle ownership, but later those same drivers told police officials that they had shown the constables the documents. The two constables pleaded guilty in December 2016 to charges under the Police Services Act. This came after the Professional Standards Section conducted a quality assurance audit in November 2015 to verify if OPS members were properly warning drivers and using sound practices during traffic stops.
Conservative MPs are stoking a wave of anti-Muslim sentiment by raising unfounded fears about a motion calling on the House of Commons to condemn Islamophobia, a Canadian Muslim leader said Tuesday. Samer Majzoub, president of the Canadian Muslim Forum, told a news conference that the Conservatives are trying to "delegitimize" and "degrade" the Liberal motion by presenting an alternative motion of their own that condemns all forms of racism, intolerance and discrimination against Muslims, Jews, Christians, Sikhs, Hindus and other religious groups — without mentioning the word Islamophobia. Majzoub said Muslim Canadians are increasingly suffering prejudice and acts of hatred — including a deadly shooting spree at a Quebec mosque last month that left six worshippers dead — and that the problem can't be tackled until it's recognized for what it is: Islamophobia.
The women suspected of fatally poisoning a scion of North Korea's ruling family were trained to coat their hands with toxic chemicals then wipe them on his face, police said Wednesday, announcing they were now seeking a North Korean diplomat in connection with the attack. Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar told reporters that authorities are searching for two new North Korean suspects, including the second secretary of North Korea's embassy in Kuala Lumpur and an employee of North Korea's state-owned airline Air Koryo. "We hope that the Korean embassy will co-operate with us, allow us to interview them and interview them quickly," he said.
A Crown prosecutor says an Edmonton man accused of murdering two co-workers and wounding others during a "stabbing spree" at a grocery warehouse in 2014 planned to kill anyone he could find. Jayme Pasieka, 32, faces 10 charges including first-degree murder and attempted murder. Prosecutor Kim Goddard told the jury that the Crown intends to prove that Pasieka, dressed all in black with a knife in each hand, randomly slashed and stabbed workers as he walked through a huge Loblaws complex on Feb. 28, 2014.
Amnesty International says "toxic" fear-mongering by anti-establishment politicians, among them President Donald Trump and the leaders of Turkey, Hungary and the Philippines, is contributing to a global pushback against human rights. Releasing its 408-page annual report on rights abuses around the world Wednesday, the watchdog group described 2016 as "the year when the cynical use of 'us vs. them' narratives of blame, hate and fear took on a global prominence to a level not seen since the 1930s," when Adolf Hitler rose to power in Germany.
For the first time, astronomers have discovered seven Earth-size planets orbiting a single nearby star — and these new worlds could hold life. This cluster of planets is less than 40 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius, according to NASA and the Belgian-led research team who announced the discovery Wednesday. The planets circle tightly around a dim dwarf star called Trappist-1, barely the size of Jupiter.
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.
Attorneys for a Salvadoran woman who collapsed in a Texas detention centre earlier this month as she seeks asylum said Tuesday that family and lawyers have been denied most contact with her as well as information about her medical condition. Paralegal Melissa Zuniga, with the Law Office of Marcia Kasdan, has been working on the asylum case for Sara Beltran Hernandez, 26, for the last 13 months. Zuniga said another detained asylum seeker called Beltran Hernandez's family the day after she collapsed in an Arlington, Texas, detention facility and was taken to a nearby hospital.
A prison guard at Kent Institution in Agassiz, B.C. says his family had to go to the food bank recently because repeated technical issues with his paycheque have left him scrambling to make ends meet. Doug Holloway says he won't get paid this week because of a glitch with the federal government's troubled Phoenix pay system. Holloway says he has been forced to borrow from family, friends and co-workers to support his wife and four children.
Steve Bayers, his son Ben and his friend Adam Inch were building a snow fort in Lawrencetown on Saturday when the roof suddenly caved in, pinning the man's arms and legs underneath him. Bayers said the two boys were just feet away from him, screaming in the pitch black, but he couldn't move under the weight of the snow to help them. He told the two 13-year-old boys not to panic and to keep breathing. Bayers said it seemed impossible to get out until his five-year-old golden retriever, Zoose, began digging him out of the snow.
Canada's promise to resettle hundreds of Yazidis by the end of the year is being welcomed in Iraq, where Yazidi women and girls have endured horrific abuse and persecution at the hands of ISIL. UN officials recently interviewed the 23-year-old about going to Canada and she's hoping she and her young son will be among the 1,200 Yazidis and other ISIL survivors accepted by the Liberal government. "We wish to go and live in Canada because here our situation is not good in general," she said through a translator on Wednesday.
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Newfoundland and Labrador's Liberal government is slicing 287 management jobs from its civil service as part of a wider effort to contain a deficit currently projected to be close to $1.6 billion. Premier Dwight Ball, who promised to avoid layoffs during the 2015 election campaign, said it's a difficult decision but the province's dire finances demand a "flatter, leaner" government. Ball said he didn't realize how serious Newfoundland and Labrador's fiscal situation was during the campaign.
The owner of one of 14 dogs that died from heat stroke and dehydration at a boarding kennel says her family is relieved that a charge has been laid. Dawn Loessin says pet owners had braced themselves after being told that the chance of a charge "was slim to none" because animal protection laws are vague in Canada and Saskatchewan. Police said the charge followed an investigation done with the Saskatoon SPCA into the deaths last September at the Playful Paws Pet Centre.
A pilot repeatedly yelled out "Mayday" but did not say what the emergency was before his light plane crashed into the roof of an Australian shopping mall, killing himself and four American tourists, an accident investigator said Wednesday. Police blamed "catastrophic engine failure" when a twin-engine Beechcraft B200 Super King Air crashed into the Direct Factory Outlet mall in the Melbourne suburb of Essendon on Tuesday moments after takeoff from a nearby runway. "My understanding is he only used the word 'Mayday' a number of times," Hood told reporters, referring to radio communication from pilot Max Quartermain to air traffic controllers.
A Missouri native who said he wanted to participate in a terrorist attack that would cause many deaths and injuries is charged with helping plan a Presidents Day attack on buses, trains and a train station in Kansas City, federal officials said Tuesday. Robert Lorenzo Hester Jr., a Missouri-born U.S. citizen, was charged in federal court in Kansas City with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. The 25-year-old Columbia, Missouri, man was arrested Friday when he arrived at a meeting with what he thought was an Islamic State sympathizer who was an undercover FBI agent.
An Ontario science teacher stormed out of a hearing after being found guilty of professional misconduct for telling students vaccines could kill them. An independent disciplinary committee with the Ontario College of Teachers found Timothy C. Sullivan guilty Wednesday of five acts, including abusing students psychologically or emotionally. The college accused Sullivan of professional misconduct for his actions on March 9, 2015, when he shouted at a public health nurse administering vaccines at his high school and accused nurses of withholding information from students receiving vaccinations.
Canada must act immediately to stop illegal immigrants from entering the country, Conservative leadership candidate Steven Blaney said Tuesday. Blaney said he wants Canadian authorities to have the right to immediately return illegal immigrants to their American counterparts. "What I'm asking the current government is to ensure cohesion regarding the way we are dealing with illegal immigrants — both at the port of entry and along the border — and take any step that is needed that could require a legislative change," he told a Montreal news conference.
The mayor of San Jose acknowledged that the city failed to properly notify residents to evacuate during a flood emergency early Wednesday when some people said they got their first notice by seeing firefighters in boats in the neighbourhood . City officials ordered more than 14,000 residents to leave their homes as water from swollen Coyote Creek flooded homes and temporarily shut down a portion of a major freeway. "If the first time a resident is aware that they need to get out of their home is when they see a firefighter in a boat, that's a failure," Mayor Sam Liccardo said at a news conference.
While most people born in rich countries will live longer by 2030 — with women in South Korea projected to reach nearly 91 — Americans will continue to have one of the lowest life expectancies of any developed country, a new study predicts. Scientists once thought an average life expectancy beyond 90 was impossible but medical advances combined with improved social programs are continuing to break barriers, including in countries where many people already live well into old age, according to the study's lead researcher, Majid Ezzati of Imperial College London. The longevity of South Korean women estimated in 2030 is due largely to investments in universal health care, he said.