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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had his military chief executed for corruption and other charges, a South Korean official said Thursday. If true, the execution of Ri Yong Gil, chief of the North Korean military's general staff, would be the latest in a series of killings, purges and dismissals since Kim took power in late 2011. Details about North Korea's opaque government are notoriously difficult for outsiders to get, even national governments, and South Korean officials have a spotty record of tracking developments in North Korea.
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.
A pregnant South Shore woman is frustrated that she can't get a full refund for her Caribbean vacation, which she now wants to cancel because of the Zika virus. Jennifer Basciano and her mother Joyce Scott were looking forward to their Caribbean cruise since October. As long as we have a healthy baby,'" Scott said.
Two teenagers have been credited for pulling out an RCMP officer from a flipped car in northeastern B.C. Kaiden McGowan and Tanner Merrick were eating supper when they saw a truck rush past McGowan's home in Pouce Coupe on Tuesday night. "We saw a cop car pursuing it and then the power went out," Merrick told CBC.
For more than half a century, the unsolved killing of a young schoolteacher and beauty queen who was last seen at church haunted the Texas city of McAllen. Using a walker, a frail-looking John Bernard Feit, now 83, appeared in court Wednesday in Phoenix after being arrested a day earlier at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, on a murder charge. "This whole thing makes no sense to me because the crime in question took place in 1960," Feit said, adding that he plans to fight extradition to Texas.
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.
Halifax's deputy mayor, Matt Whitman, is criticizing the RCMP officer who fined his neighbour $406 for using an ATV to widen a snow-covered street. "My opinion at this stage is this guy deserves a warning, let's not punish Good Samaritans," Whitman told CBC Radio's Maritime Noon. Whitman said his neighbour on Diana Drive in Hammonds Plains uses his ATV equipped with a plow to remove snow the city misses.
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.
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.
Wed, Feb 10: It has become a record season for B.C.'s premium ski resort. Whistler Blackcomb is reporting the highest number of visits in its history, and as Nadia Stewart reports, there are several reasons why the streak is likely to continue.
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.
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.
The dancing duo won the equivalent of roughly $30,000, a shopping spree, a trip to Disneyland, a talent contract and a house and lot in the Philippines. For now, they're on tour in the Philippines, but they want to build their careers in Canada.
Police are investigating two separate stabbings in Calgary on Wednesday. Just a few hours earlier, a woman was dropped off at the Peter Lougheed Centre with multiple stab wounds. Police say the vehicle that drove her there left the hospital just after 3 p.m., but officers were able to locate it at the Chuck E. Cheese's near Sunridge Mall based on a description provided by hospital security.
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.
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.
A gunman fatally shot a sheriff's deputy inside a crowded restaurant at lunchtime Wednesday and killed another deputy in a shootout nearby, authorities and witnesses said. The suspect was killed in the shootout not far from the shopping centre where the restaurant was situated, Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said. The shooter, 67-year-old David Brian Evans, had warrants out for his arrest in Harford County and Orange County, Florida, where he was accused of assaulting a police officer.
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.
The Medicare Open Enrollment Period isn't the only time to buy Medigap coverage. You can actually buy at any time of the year.
Everyone complains about congestion in Toronto.
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.
Tesla Motors Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk on Wednesday promised investors that the electric luxury car maker will start making money this year, sending the company's shares up sharply despite a wider fourth-quarter loss. Tesla shares rose more than 10 percent in after-hours trading after the company forecast a 60 to 80 percent increase in vehicle sales this year and promised it would turn a profit on an adjusted basis. Tesla shares are still down more than 30 percent since the beginning of the year, reflecting investor concerns about continued losses.
Sirhan Sirhan was denied parole Wednesday for fatally shooting Robert F. Kennedy after a confidante of the slain senator who was shot in the head forgave him and repeatedly apologized for not doing more to win his release. Paul Schrade's voice cracked with emotion during an hour of testimony on his efforts to untangle mysteries about the events of June 5, 1968. The 91-year-old former labour leader said he believed Sirhan shot him but that a second unidentified shooter felled Kennedy.
A Surrey school board official, who helps kids — and parents — navigate technology, said the key is for parents to have "lots and lots of conversations," and to ensure that tablets, phones and computers don't become the focal point of a teen's life. Nancy Smith said educating parents is just as important as teaching children. She makes presentations to both. "Make sure you're still doing things that don't involve technology throughout your day," Smith said.
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.
A day after British Columbia suggested Alberta hasn't done a good job of managing its oil revenue, a B.C. cabinet minister blamed it for adding to his province's homeless population. Housing Minister Rich Coleman said Wednesday he agrees with statements in his government's throne speech that Alberta failed to diversify its economy and lost control of spending. "I don't think it's a shot at anybody," said Coleman, who is also B.C.'s deputy premier and natural gas development minister.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas docked at Bayonne's Cape Liberty shortly after 9 p.m., its passengers cheering wildly. "I could kiss the ground" a woman cried as she rushed toward the cruise terminal, where passengers were reunited with family members. The ship was carrying 4,500 passengers and 1,600 crew members when it departed Saturday on a seven-day cruise to the Bahamas.
Manitoba is changing how it counts the number of children in its care to exclude hundreds of cases such as Tina Fontaine's amid concerns it is being unfairly compared to other provinces. The 15-year-old, who was killed in 2014, was placed into the care of Child and Family Services voluntarily by her guardians. The province will no longer include children who are voluntarily placed in care as part of the overall number.
New details suggest real estate agents with Exit Realty on the Rock may not receive the hundreds of thousands of dollars in commissions they are owed. Exit Realty on the Rock's license has been suspended and the company is being held in receivership by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The primary creditor, Bank of Montreal, served legal notice Wednesday that commission payments should be sent to PwC — not to the agents.
Wed, Feb 10: The crash in oil prices and shedding of jobs in Alberta's oil patch is a mixed blessing for the thousands of Atlantic Canadians who moved there for work. Some are finding new jobs back home, but as Ross Lord reports, others are in limbo.
Forget multitasking — it's not actually something you should try to get better at, says one author and elite athlete coach.
With a turbo-charged engine and a price tag that starts at under $35,000, the 2016 Q3 SUV delivers a fun and nimble ride along with Audi prestige. The smallest of Audi's three SUVs, the Q3 received some minor updates for 2016, including a new grille, fascia, bumpers taillights and wheels. The Q3 also is a recommended buy of Consumer Reports magazine, where reliability is rated as much better than average.
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.
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.
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.
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Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie is bristling at the province's suggestion the lack of affordable housing is because municipalities are taking too much money from developers — and in a shadowy manner. "Your government will work with municipalities to reduce the hidden costs in home purchases and to make those hidden costs clear and transparent," Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon read. Brodie says that the goal with city fees is to make growth pay for itself.
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.
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.
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.
Local playwright Arthur Milner's new work tackles the thorny issue of assisted dying, one that has sparked debate and prompted the Supreme Court to weigh in. Milner said the ongoing national debate also inspired the work.
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.
Monday's violent armed robbery at an Edmonton Mac's store stirred up some chilling memories for Lawrence Brendel. "It was an armed robbery and we pretty much got cleaned out. Since that day, Brendel's been acutely aware of the security measures business owners can take to try to prevent robberies.
By Mari Saito and Brenda Goh SAN FRANCISCO/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc is aggressively expanding its logistics operations in China as part of a broader effort to control the rising cost of shipping billions of packages. Its plans in China, outlined in filings there, include handling cargo and customs for goods headed to ports in Japan, Europe and the United States. Some analysts say the move could help position Amazon to offer shipping services to other companies, eventually competing with the likes of United Parcel Service Inc and DHL Worldwide Express BV[DHL.UL].
Wed, Feb 10: The Crown closes its case against Jian Ghomeshi. The final presented evidence relates to a close friend of one of the complainants. Christina Stevens reports.
A six month old Corgi-Sheltie mix named Mittens is ready to be adopted. Mittens was brought to the Winnipeg Humane Society in December with extensive injuries to his back paws. "The problem with that remaining foot on the back leg is that it doesn't have the main foot pad," said Dr. Erika Anseeuw, Director of Animal Health at the humane society.
Car-locking systems have stopped more than 1.77 million people from driving drunk since states first passed laws requiring offenders to install them in 1999, Mothers Against Drunk Driving said in a first-of-its-kind report on the devices nationwide. The data come from the 11 major manufactures of the ignition interlock systems, and the report was released Wednesday. A convicted drunken driver must blow into the device to get a blood alcohol content reading before the vehicle will start.
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.
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.
An old hotel building that once housed dozens of Japanese Canadian men working in an internment camp in southwestern Ontario during the Second World War could soon be demolished. The building had been put on a municipal heritage registry a few years ago, which meant the owner had to get permission from town officials in order to proceed with any proposed demolition plans. In a 17-1 vote this week, councillors opted to remove the property from the municipal heritage registry.
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.
Forest Lawn will soon be home to a halfway house run by the Calgary John Howard Society.
Lebanon and Jordan are at a critical "tipping point" and need more Canadian help in order to survive the pressure of the Syrian civil war, said Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion in an interview. Jian Ghomeshi's sexual assault trial is to resume today in a Toronto court with closing submissions expected on Thursday. Ghomeshi has pleaded not guilty to four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking.