• Alabama inmate coughs, heaves 13 minutes into execution

    A man who killed an Alabama convenience store clerk more than two decades ago was put to death Thursday night, an execution that required two consciousness tests as the inmate heaved and coughed 13 minutes into the lethal injection. Ronald Bert Smith Jr., 45, was pronounced dead at 11:05 p.m., about 30 minutes after the procedure began at the state prison in southwest Alabama. Smith was convicted of capital murder in the Nov. 8, 1994, fatal shooting of Huntsville store clerk Casey Wilson.

    The Canadian Press
  • Ontario shoppers feeling ripped off by mall gift cards

    When Bahador Ayoubzadeh showed up at Ottawa's St. Laurent Shopping Centre with a shiny plastic gift card recently, he thought he had $100 to play with. You forget your card and suddenly everything is gone.," Ayoubzadeh told CBC's Ontario Today on Thursday. Earlier this week, the Ontario legislature unanimously passed Bill 47, Potts' private member's bill to ban expiration dates on points consumers accrue through loyalty plans like Air Miles.

    CBC
  • Doctor who once traded drugs for sex disciplined a third time by regulator

    Dr. Randy Raymond Allan has been disciplined for a third time by Manitoba's physician regulatory body and handed a six-month licence suspension for misleading investigators. In the previous case, the college found Allan allowed a nurse practitioner at the clinic where he worked to use his billing number to bill Manitoba Health for patients Allan did not see himself.

    CBC
  • Russia threatens retaliation over latest round of Canadian sanctions

    Canada has quietly imposed additional sanctions on Russian nationals over the annexation of Crimea and Moscow's ongoing support for separatists in eastern Ukraine. The new measures, including asset-freezing and a prohibition on business dealings, were passed by the Liberal cabinet on Nov. 28 and released, without much fanfare compared with the former Conservative government, on the Global Affairs Canada website the same day. There are 15 individuals named in the regulation, which was to be formally posted Thursday in the Canada Gazette, the government's official publication of record.

    CBC
  • Meadow Lake, Sask., landlord accused of sexually assaulting tenants

    A landlord in Meadow Lake, Sask., is being accused of sexually assaulting at least two of his tenants. Meadow Lake RCMP first received a complaint in October. RCMP said a second victim — also a former tenant — came forward shortly after.

    CBC
  • Brampton man convicted of sexual assault has left the country

    A Brampton man convicted of sexual assault and possibly facing years in prison has managed to slip out of the country before being sentenced. Moazzam Tariq, 29, flew to Pakistan from Montreal on Nov.18, a Toronto court heard on Thursday, two weeks before his scheduled sentencing hearing. In October, Tariq was found guilty of sexually assaulting a Toronto woman who was too drunk to consent to sex.

    CBC
  • 'When in doubt, do the kind thing': Sock Granny wants you to donate your socks

    Barbara Vance, better known as the the "Sock Granny", wants people to go through their closets and donate socks they no longer need to those who do. 

    CBC
  • 'My first home is calling me': Constable Woodall's widow going home to U.K

    Claire Woodall says it's been hard raising her two young boys on her own and she wants to be closer to family. Daniel Woodall joined the Edmonton force in 2007 after starting his policing career in Manchester. Soon after, the house went up in flames and police found Norman Raddatz, a 42-year-old refrigerator repairman, dead inside from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

    CBC
  • More people apply to become Mounties under new rules

    There are early signs that changes to the RCMP's application process are leading to a big bump in recruits. The police force changed its application requirements six months ago with the aim of simplifying the process and making more people eligible to apply. Now, recruits don't have to be Canadian citizens, they can put off taking the physical fitness test until they've been accepted at the RCMP's training division and university graduates no longer have to take the national police force's entrance exam.

    CBC
  • Historians shrug as two prime ministers erased from Canadian banknotes

    Losing two of Canada's wartime prime ministers from the country's $50 and $100 bills won't be a step backwards for a country that has plenty to learn about itself, a pair of leading history buffs say. Soon after the federal government announced Thursday that the faces of William Lyon Mackenzie King and Sir Robert Borden would be dropped from the banknotes, Historica Canada weighed in, saying there will always be ways to pay tribute to the two men. "We think that history is a moving target," said Anthony Wilson-Smith, CEO of Canada's largest independent organization devoted to enhancing awareness of Canadian history.

    The Canadian Press
  • PHOTOS: How gender neutrality looks across Canada

    The fight for gender rights is strengthening in Canada as more municipalities incorporate gender neutrality in their communications and offer inclusive public spaces. This week, the City of Winnipeg considered re-writing its websites, signs, programs and other city services to be more gender-neutral. The city’s main library branch is also in the process of changing to gender-neutral washrooms. Last week, the Union of B.C. Municipalities voted to lobby the province to require gender-neutral language across all local governments. "We need to make sure our language is not causing harm and is accurate," Jeremy Loveday, a councillor from Victoria, told the convention, according to the Vancouver Sun. Over the past few years, provinces have changed their human rights codes to accommodate transgender and non-binary individuals. Here is a look at some recent changes across Canada.

    Yahoo Canada News
  • Windsor 911 dispatcher brings end to violent crime spree

    A 911 dispatcher brought a violent crime spree to an end while driving home from work early Tuesday morning. The crime spree continued around 2:45 a.m. when the man broke into another home on Church Street about half a block from Bruce Avenue. By 8 a.m., a 911 dispatcher was driving home from work and saw a man that fit the suspect's description on Ouellette Avenue, near Ellis Street, and called police.

    CBC
  • Joe Biden: We need Canada 'very, very badly'

    Joe Biden says the world will look to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as the "liberal international order" faces challenges. The U.S. vice-president made the comments at an Ottawa dinner held in his honour Thursday night.

    Canadian Press Videos
  • Donald Trump's choice of generals for top posts 'extremely unusual'

    The procession of former military officers nominated for top jobs in Donald Trump's administration is raising concerns over whether the appointments could defy an American constitutional tenet: civilian oversight of government. The U.S. president-elect has tapped a trio of retired generals — marine John Kelly for secretary of Homeland Security, marine James Mattis for defence, and soldier Michael Flynn for national security adviser — to fill cabinet-level positions. Retired army general David Petraeus and retired navy admiral James Stavridis remain in the running for secretary of state.

    CBC
  • 'More children are going to get hurt,' province warned on eve of review

    The man who led Alberta's last task force on children who die in provincial care says more kids are going to get hurt while the government conducts yet another review of the children-in-care system. "It's pretty frustrating to hear that this is the exact same process that the previous Conservative government went through about two years ago," said Tim Richter who chaired the Alberta Child Implementation Oversight Committee in 2014. "It's really about implementing the recommendations that have been made.

    CBC
  • Man paralyzed in hatchet attack sues province for failing to keep up with care costs

    When Michael Levy was 18, he was attacked by three other teens at a youth dance in Surrey, B.C. The three 17-year-olds were armed with bottles, bear spray and a hatchet. Now, 10 years later, Levy is suing the province for allegedly refusing to increase his payments to match the climbing costs of his care as his caregivers' rates increase over the years. The suit alleges the province has also refused to compensate for the resulting care cost increases.

    CBC
  • Hungry students flocking to campus food banks

    Chris Zhang made a lot of sacrifices when he left his home in China to study computer system engineering at Carleton University. "Starving, it's the worst," said Zhang, one of a growing number of international students making use of Carleton's Food Centre, the campus food bank. Campus food banks are a relatively new phenomenon in Canada but they've swiftly become an important supplement for the student diet.

    CBC
  • S. Korea's president loses power, keeps title, house, salary

    South Korean President Park Geun-hye's impeachment Friday has stripped her of power — but not the perks. In 2004, when President Roh Moo-hyun was impeached by lawmakers, he spent his time at the Blue House reading books and newspapers and mountain-climbing with journalists, according to South Korean media. The bureaucratic machinery that suspended Park and transferred her powers to Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn began churning as soon as the impeachment motion passed Friday.

    The Canadian Press
  • Bare skin rug: Edmonton man loses Burt Reynolds wager, wins Movember

    "It said, 'Hey, if you guys help me reach my fundraising goal by the end of the day, I will recreate this photo of Burt Reynolds no matter how much you tell me not to.' "  The proposition won over his co-workers, and he soon lost the wager. "The feedback was obviously just great, people were excited to see the photograph," said Brindza. Within a few days, Brindza was baring it all on a bear skin rug.

    CBC
  • Police searching for Dr. Elana Fric-Shamji's purse, mobile phone near Vaughan creek

    Toronto police are conducting a land and water search in the area where Dr. Elana Fric-Shamji's body was found on Dec. 1, in hopes of finding a purse and cellphone belonging to the slain physician. On Thursday, the mother of three's body was returned to her family, police at the scene confirmed to CBC Toronto. Fric-Shamji's husband, neurosurgeon Dr. Mohammed Shamji, is charged with first-degree murder. Andy Singh said.

    CBC
  • 3 common timeout mistakes by parents and how to do it better

    The timeout is a much-used disciplinary tool, designed to take the tempest out of a temper tantrum. Researchers in Oregon who surveyed 401 parents of children 15 months to 10 years about their use of time outs to correct misbehaviour, they found 85 per cent of parents who used the technique did so in a way that runs contrary to the evidence on what works. "What we found is that there are some pretty classic mistakes that happen at the beginning of time out, at the middle of timeout and at the end," Andrew Riley, a pediatric psychologist at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, said in an interview.

    CBC
  • Quebec Algonquins file title claim to downtown Ottawa

    In a move to block a treaty between the Algonquins of Ontario and the federal and Ontario governments, a group of Quebec Algonquins have filed an Aboriginal title claim for lands in downtown Ottawa, including Parliament Hill, the Supreme Court of Canada and Lebreton Flats. The statement of claim, filed in Ontario Superior Court on Wednesday, says the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation — which encompasses several Quebec Algonquin communities — historically occupied the islands and land near the Ottawa River. "We have brought this claim to the courts as a last resort — we are tired of being ignored by the Crown, and it is time for the Crown to address our Aboriginal title throughout Ottawa and the surrounding areas," said Chief Jean-Guy Whiteduck of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg in Maniwaki, Que.

    CBC
  • The second Metro Vancouver snowstorm: what you need to know

    Environment Canada has issued a warning that 10 to 20 centimetres is expected for Metro Vancouver, the Sunshine Coast, Sea-to-Sky Region, the Fraser Valley, and virtually all of Vancouver Island. There will be a possible break after that before picking up in the afternoon — but at that point, the snow will likely turn to rain at lower elevations (most of Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, Richmond, and the southwest Fraser Valley). B.C.'s transportation minister isn't ruling out shutting down the Alex Fraser Bridge and several lanes on the Port Mann, if the storm is as bad as expected.

    CBC
  • Fox vs. frozen mop: Nunavut girl, 17, claims victory over nighttime visitor

    Deanna Netser is a 17-year-old high school student in Arviat, Nunavut. Deanna and her sister Samantha were out on their porch one night last week. "There were three kids outside, throwing rocks at our snowmobile for some reason," said Deanna.

    CBC
  • Some community mailboxes once again frozen shut

    Some Islanders have found their community mailboxes frozen shut once again — as an early winter arrived in P.E.I. sooner than Canada Post was able to change the locks to ones that won't freeze. The postal service had promised new locks after many of the community mailboxes were frozen shut last winter. Canada Post issued notices in October to about 10,000 residences in Charlottetown and Stratford, informing them their locks to the community mailboxes would be replaced.

    CBC

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