• Edmonton kids sold as sex workers, as teen prostitution becomes more common

    Some children who haven't yet reached their teens are being recruited for sex work in Edmonton, as child prostitution becomes more prevalent because of the economic downturn, say frontline workers in social service agencies. In the 20 years Mark Cherrington has worked in youth court in this city, he has met and helped child prostitutes as young as 10. "We're having a lot more kids having to find their own resources to meet their basic needs," Cherrington says, adding that finding a place to sleep can be challenging in Edmonton, where housing is chronically short.

    CBC
  • Family killed in Hwy. 407 crash would 'do anything for you'

    Ontario Provincial Police said the family was travelling westbound in the far-right lane of the 407 in a 1948 Chevrolet when something happened to the right rear tire that caused the driver to lose control. "None of us are ready for that," Christine Sargeson, a friend of the Harpleys for 30 years, told CBC News.

    CBC
  • Trump dings both Clintons in rollicking press conference

    Donald Trump made an extraordinary plea for Russia to help find Hillary Clinton's missing emails — but he hardly stopped there in a scattershot news conference Wednesday that doubled as counter-programming to the ongoing Democratic National Convention. Former President Bill Clinton delivered an impassioned speech at the Democratic National Convention praising his wife, Hillary Clinton.

    The Canadian Press
  • Wisconsin girls to be tried as adults in Slender Man attack

    A Wisconsin state appeals court ruled Wednesday that two girls accused of trying to kill their classmate in an attempt to please the fictional horror character Slender Man should be tried as adults. Anyone 10 or older charged with first-degree attempted homicide is automatically considered an adult under Wisconsin law. The other girl has been diagnosed with a delusional disorder and a condition known as schizotypy, which a psychologist testified made her vulnerable to believing in Slender Man.

    The Canadian Press
  • Man struck by lightning as storm rips through Edmonton

    Early in the afternoon, Environment Canada issued severe thunderstorm warnings for Edmonton and the surrounding communities of Sherwood Park, Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, Morinvillle, Big Lake and Villeneuve. At its height, the storm dumped heavy rain in the Edmonton area and caused flash floods. Flooding was so severe in certain areas that some commuters had to be rescued from their vehicles by boats.

    CBC
  • WestJet finds pet gecko lost for 3 days in cargo

    The 11-centimetre lizard survived with no food and little water since she was placed in the cargo hold of a plane. Bishop said Nom was found in the baggage department, but that WestJet hadn't given her a full explanation for the gecko's disappearance. A WestJet spokesperson said the company will follow up with Bishop in the next few days to ensure Nom is all right.

    CBC
  • Toys taken from home daycare thanks to fake Kijiji ad

    A daycare provider in Bells Corners wonders what kind of person would place a phoney Kijiji ad encouraging people to come take the toys from her front yard. Heaven Stewart was returning from a weekend away when her daughter called to alert her to an ad offering free toys from her address. By the time she returned to her home a half hour later, nearly all of the items had been taken.

    CBC
  • New report warns of overheated Vancouver housing market

    Wed, Jul 27: An unprecedented warning from the CMHC about Vancouver's super-heated housing market. Keith Baldrey explains.

    Global News
  • Fraud, forgery scheme lands former real estate agent in jail

    Cecil Burke, 53, falsified eight purchase and sale agreements between 2009 and 2011, forging buyers' signatures, making up their mortgage approvals and carrying out a "complex and sophisticated scheme," according to court documents. For each fake sale, Burke would create a document package that varied from house to house but typically included the sale agreement, a trade record sheet, a receipt of funds record and proof of financing. In total, Burke swindled $65,331.12.

    CBC
  • How a Viking dig in N.L. could rewrite history

    An international team of visitors to Newfoundland isn’t there this summer to check out the St. John’s harbourfront or go whale watching. Research done by a team of archaeologists led by Sarah Parcak found evidence of a past Norse Viking settlement at Point Rosee, a narrow peninsula in southern Newfoundland.

    Daily Brew
  • K-Days shuts down exotic pet vendor

    K-days organizers have shut down a vendor who was selling super gliders, a small marsupial, on the midway after complaints from the public. Sugar gliders are nocturnal, gliding possums native to Australia. The compact animals have large eyes making them an attractive, impulse buy, said Ciera Kozak, president of Canadian Sugar Gliders Society, who filed a complaint with K-Days.

    CBC
  • Hackers can record everything you type on certain wireless keyboards

    A computer security research team has identified a weakness in several brands of low-cost wireless keyboards that could allow hackers to view and record every word, number and password typed by a user from up to about 75 metres away. According to Bastille, an Atlanta-based research team, eight wireless keyboards made by companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Radio Shack and Toshiba send keystroke data from the board to the USB dongle that connects to your computer without the encryption needed to mask what someone is typing. Wireless keyboards that connect to your computer with small USB dongles transmit keystrokes over a radio frequency, which Bastille was able to intercept using a radio transponder used for controlling drones that costs about $50 on Amazon, and an antenna that boosts the range to about 75 metres.

    CBC
  • Vancouver Realtor probed for 'how-to' email on avoiding new property transfer tax

    The Real Estate Council of B.C. is investigating a Vancouver Realtor who circulated a letter to clients that provides a how-to on avoiding the proposed 15 per cent foreign buyers' tax announced earlier this week by the B.C. government. The email, from Century 21 Realtor Mike Stewart, describes how a foreign buyer of a pre-sale condo can skirt the new transfer tax, chiefly by selling pre-sale contracts to friends or family who are Canadian citizens or residents. Real Estate Council spokesperson Marilee Peters said the council has asked the Realtor to stop.

    CBC
  • Man convicted of attempted murder of San Diego sports anchor

    A jury on Wednesday convicted a house painter of premeditated attempted murder for the shooting of a San Diego TV sports anchor last year. Jurors deliberated for about four hours before finding Mike Montana, 55, guilty of shooting Kyle Kraska and of two counts of making criminal threats to people unrelated to the shooting. Kraska, the sports director and on-air anchor for CBS News 8 in San Diego, gave emotional testimony of being shot and nearly killed in his driveway in February 2015.

    The Canadian Press
  • Cops to protest over Black Lives Matter sign at city hall

    The mayor of a Massachusetts city says he won't remove a Black Lives Matter banner hanging over city hall even as police officers from across the state intend to rally against it. The city police union and other Massachusetts officers plan to rally against the banner Thursday after Curtatone denied an earlier request to replace it with an "All Lives Matter" banner. The Massachusetts Municipal Police Coalition says it opposes the "exclusionary message" the current banner sends.

    The Canadian Press
  • 'Water is sacred': People gather along river in Saskatoon

    Husky Energy reported a pipeline leak near the North Saskatchewan last week which led to some 200,000 to 250,000 litres of oil entering the water. "We're just people who care," Jackie Crowe, one of the people at the gathering, said.

    CBC
  • Hell on Wheels' Anson Mount tips cowboy hat to Calgary cuisine and hospitality

    After five seasons of filming in and around Calgary, the TV show Hell on Wheels has come to an end. "I'm from a small town in Tennessee and I really do appreciate an ease of life and a hospitality that goes with that, and Calgary has that in spades," said Anson Mount. Before officially signing off from Hell on Wheels, Mount wrote a thank you letter to Calgary on his Facebook page.

    CBC
  • Robin Drodge, hockey fan who got to meet Sidney Crosby, dies

    Robin Drodge, the man who fulfilled his dream of meeting hockey star Sidney Crosby earlier this month, has died. The 31-year-old from Newfoundland was flown to Halifax to be treated for serious liver and kidney problems. While in Halifax, he and his family got the chance to meet Crosby during a Stanley Cup tour stop in Cole Harbour.

    CBC
  • Wynne's claims contradicted as Ontario GDP lower than some American states

    TORONTO — It turns out Ontario's economic performance isn't as strong compared with some of our American neighbours as Premier Kathleen Wynne claimed.

    The Canadian Press
  • 'I thought I was dead': Whitbourne boaters share harrowing tale of colliding with humpback

    A beautiful day on the waters of Trinity Bay turned into a near-death experience for a Whitbourne man after a small boat collided with a humpback whale Monday morning. Tony's son, Roger Morgan, was at the controls, enjoying the first day of his holidays, while son-in-law Terry Rose sat at his side. A whale unexpectedly surfaced in their path, resulting in a violent collision that brought the boat to a crashing halt, sending the 79-year-old Tony Morgan overboard and into the water.

    CBC
  • First rabid bat attack in over a decade in Terrace, B.C.

    It was a bizarre sight: a bat, normally a nocturnal animal, dive-bombIng a person in broad daylight near Lakelse Lake in Terrace, B.C. Dr. McLaws says that, in general, people should avoid touching bats — dead or alive. "Bats with rabies are often quite vocal, and they might be more prone to abnormal behaviours such as actively seeking to bite other animals or people," she said.

    CBC
  • 'Mr. Cool' scams 'Ms. Curl' in ice cream truck deal gone wrong

    It was meant to be a simple transaction: a quick drive from Grande Prairie, Alberta to Surrey, B.C. in a deal that would double the buyer's ice cream truck fleet and launch the business into the Fort McMurray summer season. According to Justice Baker, It all began when Curl saw one of Lepine's 30 ice-cream trucks for sale online. Curl agreed to pay $1,500 up front for a 1991 Chevrolet van with three white freezers, a spare tire, a music box, speaker and stop sign.

    CBC
  • Bear closures expand near Canmore

    Alberta Parks has closed a well known area near Canmore after a bumper berry crop has made human-bear interactions more common this year, including two recent attacks. "A bear closure is in place including the area and trails south and west of the Canmore Nordic Centre, including Grassi Lakes trails and climbing area, and areas near Quarry Lake," the department said in an advisory Wednesday. Provincial Park ecologist John Paczkowski says berries bring bears, in an interview with CBC News on Friday.

    CBC
  • Ontario booze-by-mail challenges liquor delivery business

    A Windsor, Ont., man who legally delivers liquor is worried about Canada Post entering the booze business. Ontario launched its e-commerce and Canada Post delivery service on Tuesday, charging customers $12 plus tax to have booze delivered to the door. Ken Macleod has been doing that for 23 years through his company Wheelz Delivery.

    CBC
  • Manitoba freezes cottage fees in provincial parks for 2 years

    Cottagers with property in Manitoba provincial parks will have their service fees and Crown land rental fees frozen for the next two years, the provincial government has announced. Sustainable Development Minister Cathy Cox announced the two-year fee freeze on Wednesday, meaning cottage owners in provincial parks won't see an increase in fees in 2017 and 2018. "The ability to enjoy our provincial parks is part of the fabric of our province," Cox said in a news release.

    CBC

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