Whether it's a jungle hut or a high-rise apartment, your home is covered in bacteria, and new research from the Amazon suggests city dwellers might want to open a window. "Very little is known about the microbes of the built environment," microbiologist Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello of13 minutes agoThe Canadian Press
An Alabama woman convicted of capital murder in the running death of her 9-year-old granddaughter died Friday less than a year into her life-without-parole sentence for the killing. Joyce Hardin Garrard, 50, died five days after being stricken at the state's women's prison, prison spokesman Bob Horton said. The cause of death wasn't immediately available, but defence attorney Dani Bone said Garrard apparently suffered a heart attack Sunday minutes after visiting relatives at the state women's prison.
Several BC MPs are calling on the federal government to ease restrictions on the English or French language proficiency test new immigrants must pass in order to become Canadian citizens. The Conservative government passed Bill C-24 or the Strengthening of Canadian Citizenship Act in 2014, making the language test more difficult. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised to repeal the bill, which also allows the government to strip Canadian citizenship from dual citizens who are convicted of terrorism-related offences.
Written by hand, the autopsies on the seven bullet-riddled bodies vividly describe why the Valentine's Day massacre of 1929 is still considered Chicago's most infamous gangland killing. The reports were recently unearthed with inquest transcripts from a warehouse after eight decades, and the Cook County medical examiner's office is now considering how best to preserve and display them. Executive officer James Sledge, a local history fan and a Chicago native, said he felt a chill down his back when he first read the documents outlining the attack at a Lincoln Park garage that left seven men dead and more than 160 machine-gun casings littering the scene.
Rob Comeau had been trying to get rid of his 2012 Nissan on Craigslist for over a year. The typical ad on the site didn’t seem to be working, so he wrangled a few co-workers from his job at Know Hau Media to film a spoof highlighting the used car’s features. “Honestly he’d been complaining about the car for quite a while now,” Lucy Martin, who handles Know Hau Media’s strategy, told CBC News.
Police announced that a suicide note was found at the shooting scene near the cafeteria area of Independence High School in Glendale. "Information gathered by detectives reveal the two girls were very close friends, appeared to also be in a relationship," Glendale police spokeswoman Tracey Breeden said in a statement Friday afternoon. Cheryl Rice said she went to a store after a friend called about the shooting and asked about Rice's 15-year-old daughter.
The United States temporarily deployed an additional Patriot missile battery in South Korea in response to North Korea's nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch, ahead of talks next week to set up an even more sophisticated U.S. missile defence in a move that has worried China and Russia. The new tough stance follows South Korea's decision to shut down an inter-Korean factory park that had been the rival Koreas' last major symbol of co-operation, but that Seoul said had been used by North Korea to fund its nuclear and missile programs. North Korea responded by deporting South Korean citizens, seizing South Korean assets and vowing to militarize the park.
A convicted Quebec pedophile who served prison time for sexually assaulting his own daughter for many years was arrested this week on suspicion of attempting to lure a minor. Renald Cote was detained briefly Thursday and released after signing a peace bond, Magog police said Friday. Lt. Sylvain Guay said Cote, 64, allegedly offered candy to a nine-year-old girl on Jan. 7 in front of his home and invited her inside.
Four years ago, through the ashes of a horrible attempted murder case where her ex-boyfriend stabbed her 32 times, Melissa Dohme met Cameron Hill. “I think that’s fate,” Dohme said. Ten months later the two met again when Dohme decided it was time to tell her story and Hill was in the crowd.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government will take another shot at a seat on the UN Security Council, a move experts say is difficult but needed if Canada wants to re-assert its place in the international system. The last attempt by the Canadian government to join the UN’s top body ended in defeat in 2010 as the country lost out to Portugal for a two-year term on the council. John Trent, who heads University of Ottawa’s political science department, said in an email that despite a shifting international order, a seat on the security council is a great way for Canada to make its mark on the world stage.
The parents of 33 year old Myles Gray say they just want answers, six months after their son's mysterious death in a Burnaby backyard—and to try to get them, they're suing the Vancouver Police force and 11 of its officers. Margie and Mark Gray of Sechelt allege seven of those officers, identified only as "John Does", wrongfully killed their son by beating him to death, using "grossly excessive force" and "inflicting massive physical trauma … with no valid, lawful reason". Myles Gray, who worked as a greenery supplier to local florist wholesalers, got into an argument with a woman who was watering her garden during drought restrictions.
The Calgary Humane Society is looking for the owner of a brown-and-white female dog that was running loose in Abbeydale and is in need of surgery to remove several large growths from its hind end. - A photo of the dog's growths is below. "The condition of this dog is concerning," Brad Nichols, the humane society's senior manager of animal cruelty investigations, said in a release.
Lenore Matusiewicz, 69, learned her fate while lying in a bed at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. A federal judge scheduled the emergency sentencing after attorneys agreed it needed to take place in the hospital to ensure that Matusiewicz receives essential medical care. David, his mother, and his sister, Amy Gonzalez, were convicted of conspiracy and cyberstalking resulting in the 2013 death of David's ex-wife, Christine Belford.
Now, he's receiving his health assistant diploma from Drake Medox College, with plans to work toward a degree in nursing. "I'm so glad that I was able to get back in the healthcare field because I have a background in medical from Syria," said Al Saleh. Al Saleh's sponsor, Deana Brynildsen, was a stranger when he arrived in Canada.
Actor George Clooney and his lawyer wife Amal had a private meeting Friday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the crisis in Syria and Europe's efforts to help refugees. The Clooneys were accompanied by David Miliband, the former British foreign secretary who now heads the aid group International Rescue Committee. "We (...) talked about the responsibilities of all states, not just European states but states around the world to deal with what is a global problem, not just a Syrian problem or a German issue," Miliband told The Associated Press after the 40-minute meeting at Merkel's office.
A seven-year-old boy is being called a hero after he held onto a classmate dangling from a ski lift at a hill north of Toronto until rescue workers arrived with a net below. Durham Regional Police Sgt. Bill Calder said the boy's classmate lost a ski while on a chairlift at Lakeridge Ski Resort in Uxbridge, Ont., around noon Thursday and the boy slipped off the chair when he turned around to look for it. The boy then dropped about 10 metres to four ski resort staff members who had rushed out after noticing the problems, said John Tustian, the director of outside operations at Lakeridge.
A foster mother fighting to adopt a Metis toddler she has raised since birth says she's outraged that British Columbia's Children's Ministry has barred the girl from attending a cultural event in her honour. The Vancouver Island woman, who cannot be identified, said the ministry has told her the girl will not be allowed to attend a fundraiser and potluck hosted by the B.C. Metis Federation on Saturday. The ministry is fighting the adoption because it plans to move her to Ontario to live with her older siblings, who she has never met.
"The company believes the Transportation Safety Board investigation and the ensuing report have failed the affected families, public, and aviation industry. Sonnenberg declined to offer further comment and said she may have more to say at a later date. The Transportation Safety Board report on the Grand Manan air ambulance crash of Aug. 16, 2014 found the pilot lost visual references in the fog and the lack of a second headset on the aircraft made it difficult for the pilot and first officer to communicate during the emergency.
Fri, Feb 12: Ken Rabb from the Calgary’s Prostate Cancer Centre joins Global Calgary with details on an increased interest in PSA tests in Calgary since WWE legend Bret Hart went public with his prostate cancer diagnosis.
Keith Deveau says it appeared the dog broke through the ice but she refused to budge when he and his partner tried to coax her out with food. The dog wasn't happy to see the rescuers, either. Police took the dog to a clinic for examination and say the dog has arthritis.
Finding love may not be easy, but for Winnipeg's Tomas and Carrie Yudai, it wasn't exactly complicated. "When I was calling people, I wasn't looking for someone to get married," Tomas told CBC News, remembering the day he met Carrie. Tomas had moved to the Manitoba capital a week earlier, and after growing up in the Philippines and getting a second degree in California, it was the first time he had ever seen snow.
Knowing how tough university exams can be, one statistics professor decided to lighten the mood by adding some original bonus questions to his tests.
Fri, Feb 12: Ontarians are expected to get a big blast of winter this weekend. Meteorologist Ross Hull explains how long the system will hang around.
On the heels of hundreds of overdose deaths related to fentanyl, authorities are now warning the public about a new and extremely lethal drug that's hit the streets in Western Canada. W-18 is a synthetic opioid 10,000 more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl. Late last month, police in Calgary put out a warning after tests found W-18 in three pills seized in a drug bust.
After being appointed to the bench in mid-December, former Crown attorney Kael McKenzie officially took his seat in the Manitoba court Friday. "Kael is a proud member of the Manitoba Métis Nation. McKenzie was praised for his involvement in the legal community before saying a few words himself.
Following a CBC News investigation that uncovered a controversial land deal involving 204 acres west of Regina, the provincial NDP is demanding that the legislature be recalled. In 2014, Regina businessman Anthony Marquart made millions of dollars selling land to the Global Transportation Hub, which is chaired by Saskatchewan's economy minister Bill Boyd. Now, NDP leader Cam Broten wants the premier to talk about the deal in the legislature.
Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman's LetterOne investment vehicle said on Friday it had made a $200 million investment in U.S. ride-hailing service provider Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL]. "We believe that Uber's highly talented management team possesses the necessary vision and skills to build the company into one of the world's preeminent technology businesses," Fridman, who is the chairman of LetterOne, said. In January, Russian media reported that another Russian tycoon, Alisher Usmanov, had invested several tens of millions of dollars in Uber in the summer of 2015.
When Lusia Dion received a call from a Waterloo Regional Police officer this week telling her Edgar Latulip had been found after nearly 30 years, she was shocked and thrilled to hear the news. The Ottawa woman does not know Latulip or any of his family members.
The entire back end of the building, housing the ice surface, needed to be replaced. The original building was 40 years old, but luckily not one was in it when the roof caved in, and no part of the ice surface was damaged.
Parks Canada can consider new developments in national parks even if they go against management plans, the Federal Court has ruled. "I see no reason in law or logic why Parks Canada cannot invite Maligne Tours to proceed with Phase 2 of the concept review," wrote Justice James Russell in his decision, released earlier this week. In 2014, Jasper National Park management decided it would allow the company to move forward with a proposal for 15 overnight tent cabins at the much-loved lake.
European scientists said Friday that they have stopped sending commands to the Philae space probe, which became the first to touch down on a comet more than a year ago. The German Aerospace Center, or DLR, said it last made contact with the lander July 9, but efforts since then have failed. Conditions on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko have become so cold — falling below minus 180 degrees Celsius (minus 292 Fahrenheit) at night — that the washing-machine-sized probe couldn't function.
"I didn't mean for it to happen," Tammy Goforth sobbed in the courtroom where sentencing submissions were made. Goforth, who was convicted of second-degree murder, stood in the prisoner's box next to her husband. Kevin Goforth was convicted of manslaughter.
Victoria plans to rezone an urban waterway to deal with the longstanding problem of boats that permanently drop anchor. There are now more than 30 boats in the Gorge Waterway. There has long been a push to clear the boats out, but it has taken years for the city to work out the proper jurisdiction.
Three B.C. First Nations have announced their intention to purchase a 38.8-acre parcel of land in West Point Grey, the province announced Friday. A letter of intent has been signed by the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations, which permits them to begin working with their communities to come to an agreement with the government. The land in question is a provincial Crown land parcel, which is located next to the existing federal Jericho lands.
Elections Manitoba is taking a closer look at its employee screening process after a registered sex offender was hired as a door-to-door enumerator, but not everyone is happy with the organization's proposed changes. The organization confirmed Thursday it had fired an employee after learning one of it's enumerators is a registered sex offender. One of the group members reached out to tell her she recognized one of the workers in the neighbourhood as a sex offender.
Texas became the first state Friday to call for banning bite mark analysis in criminal cases, dealing a major credibility blow to a technique that critics rebuke as junk science and will now likely encounter greater skepticism in courtrooms across the U.S. Although the Texas Forensic Science Commission doesn't have the power to enforce an outright ban, its recommendation for a moratorium on bite mark evidence is expected to weigh heavily on the minds of judges statewide and beyond. At least two dozen men convicted or charged with murder or rape based on bite marks have been exonerated nationwide since 2000.
A man rescued two Himalayan cats Friday morning near a landfill outside Halifax, prompting the Nova Scotia SPCA to seek a woman thought to have abandoned them. The man saw a small red four-door sedan pull over to the side of the road by Exit 3 on Highway 103 near the Otter Lake landfill, said Joanne Landsburg, chief provincial inspector with the Nova Scotia SPCA. The Himalayan cats are both spayed females and are thought to be around five years old.
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad - A Japanese musician who flew to Trinidad to participate in a well-known steel percussion competition was strangled to death during the island's annual Carnival celebration, authorities said Friday. An autopsy concluded that Asami Nagakiya, whose body was found Wednesday in a Port-of-Spain park, had been manually strangled. Japanese Embassy spokesman Shoichi Ueda said in a phone interview Friday that Nagakiya was in her 30s and her family lives in Japan.
School officials should have informed the public about fuel contamination at the old J.L. Forster high school when it first learned about it, according to a west-end city councillor. Ward 2 representative John Elliott criticized the school board on Friday for not making the information public more than a year ago. CBC News learned this week that fuel had leaked into the soil and groundwater of the property from a neighbouring waste processing plant owned at the time by BFI Canada.
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RCMP on P.E.I. say the role of auxiliary constables is undergoing a major change across the country — they're no longer allowed to ride along on patrol and will not be given firearms training. The auxiliary officer program was introduced in Canada in 1963 to enhance community policing and crime prevention. The decision comes after an RCMP review following the fatal shootings of Cpl.
Thu, Feb 11: Graig Newman hopes to expand his role on the defence with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Jack Haskins reports.
Quebec's finance minister has softened his tone with regard to the role his government will play if and when marijuana is legalized and regulated by Ottawa. Carlos Leitao said Thursday that Quebec wanted nothing to do with selling marijuana and that Ottawa "should figure out on its own" how to eventually distribute pot on Quebec territory. "The choice regarding means of distributing (marijuana) in Quebec is a debate that is very premature," he said.
A Winnipeg community centre is apologizing to a mother after her teenage son was called a "stupid f---ing Indian" by an employee while waiting for a ride after school. Lisa Harper says her 14-year-old son was with his friends just after 3 p.m. Thursday on the field outside Champlain Community Centre, which backs onto the school he attends, when a worker yelled at them to get off the grounds.
It's the ethical decisions made behind the wheel — and not technological hurdles — that will pose one of the most difficult challenges to automakers assembling self-driving cars, a senior Audi executive said Friday. Markus Auerbach, who heads up the Audi Innovation Research office in San Francisco, said developing self-driving technology is only one component of the shift towards autonomous driving. The bigger challenge will be the ethical decisions that robots will have to make while driving, Auerbach said.
Homeless shelters are gearing up for an influx of visitors this weekend as temperatures are expected to drop considerably over the weekend. Snow and winds will continue to whip through the Windsor area overnight Friday with temperatures expected to fall to -18 C. But the wind chill could make that feel like -25, according to Environment Canada. Extra mattresses and space will be made at the Salvation Army shelter in the downtown, making room for up to 40 people.
From airlines to beer-makers to wireless providers, withering crude prices have been a drag on businesses seemingly far removed from the oilpatch. "Sometimes — outside of Alberta, particularly — there's some skepticism or even some derision against the petroleum sector," said Todd Hirsch, chief economist at ATB Financial. WestJet Airlines (TSX:WJA), based in Calgary, is shuffling around its schedules to reflect lower demand for flights to and from energy-focused destinations in Western Canada.
By Pavel Polityuk KIEV (Reuters) - Hackers used a Russian-based internet provider and made phone calls from inside Russia as part of a coordinated cyber attack on Ukraine's power grid in December, Ukraine's energy ministry said on Friday. The incident was widely seen as the first known power outage caused by a cyber attack, and has prompted fears both within Ukraine and outside that other critical infrastructure could be vulnerable. The ministry, saying it had completed an investigation into the incident, did not accuse the Russian government directly of involvement in the attack, which knocked out electricity supplies to tens of thousands of customers in central and western Ukraine and prompted Kiev to review its cyber defenses.
Whether it's a jungle hut or a high-rise apartment, your home is covered in bacteria, and new research from the Amazon suggests city dwellers might want to open a window. "Very little is known about the microbes of the built environment," microbiologist Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello of New York University, who led the pilot study, said at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Everyone carries a customized set of microbes on the skin, in the nose and in the gut, a microbial zoo that starts forming at birth and help with such things as digestion and immune development.
This week the self-proclaimed National Toy Museum of Canada opened its doors in Victoria on Broad Street. Co-owner B. Woodward says the point of his new museum is to take people on a trip down memory lane with the toys of their childhood. "When I'm looking up here, I think the Muppet wall is one of my favourites … and the He-Man wall, that's one of my favourites too," Woodward told All Points West host Robyn Burns.
An online petition asking the STM to lift its age limit on student rates is gaining momentum. The petition has more than 13,000 signatures on it. The reduced rate for a monthly student pass is $49 for people 25 and under compared to $82 for a regular monthly pass.
The sale of a group of fishing lodges on Vancouver Island will mark the end of an era in Ucluelet's harbour. The community has been told arrangements are being made to remove the 1930s-era Canadian Princess ship, said Ucluelet Mayor Dianne St. Jacques. "It will be a real change in our landscape to not have her there," said St. Jacques.
Some women staying in Winnipeg shelters might have felt they didn't have much to celebrate on Valentine's Day, but Sara Smith and Laina Hughes set out to change that. "If I'm going to do something for Valentine's Day, it's going to be more about bringing love to other people, not necessarily just the fact that, 'Yay for me, I have a date,' or 'I'm going to an expensive dinner," Smith said. Smith and Hughes raised about $1,000 over a month-long Facebook fundraising campaign to buy movies and sweet treats for women staying at Ikwe-Widdjiitiwin and the North End Women's Centre for a different holiday: Galentine's Day.
Smarthphone technology is shaking up earthquake research with a new app that may soon connect millions of users around the world to create an early-warning network. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have released a crowdsourcing Android application called MyShake that uses data from a smartphone's built-in vibration sensor to detect the presence of a quake. The program uses a smartphone's accelerometer to detect the shaking.
When the Royal Canadian Navy's East Coast fleet goes to sea for exercises later this month, it will be accompanied by a Spanish navy supply vessel. SPS Patino sailed into Halifax harbour on Friday to fill the hole left last year when the last of the RCN's supply vessels was taken out of service. SPS is the abbreviation for Spanish naval ship.
Once the most celebrated woman artist in Europe in her time, Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun's reputation gradually faded from the history of art. Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (1755–1842) Woman Artist in Revolutionary France was originally mounted in the Grande Palais in Paris — now it is set to open at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, on Monday, Feb. 15. Following that, it will move to the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa in June.
North Dakota's largest city has been shaken by the fatal shooting of a decorated police officer, the first death of a Fargo officer in the line of duty in more than 130 years. Officer Jason Moszer, 33, died Thursday of a gunshot wound suffered while responding to a domestic disturbance hours earlier. Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney said in a statement the city was "profoundly saddened" by the death of Moszer, who won a Silver Star commendation after he and another officer were credited with risking their lives in 2011 to rescue two children from an apartment fire.
Does Charlottetown need to replace the Eastlink Centre? The group will look at what needs aren't being met by the current Eastlink Centre, which is home to the Charlottetown Islanders hockey organization, the Island Storm pro basketball team and Red Shores Charlottetown Racetrack and Casino. "'There's been talk around town for quite a number of years about a possible replacement of the Eastlink Centre," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee.
The meeting came after Poundmaker's Lodge — an addictions treatment centre in St. Albert that uses First Nations traditions, culture and spiritual beliefs in its counselling programs — alleged that some of their clients were racially profiled by staff at a St. Albert TD branch on Feb. 5. Staff at the bank called police after a customer reported two people outside the bank talking about the bank's security alarm. Three RCMP cars arrived, but departed after a minutes, after establishing there was no threat. The two people outside the bank turned out to be clients of Poundmaker's Lodge.
Starting in 1967, at least a couple generations of us grew up watching Buck Shot (Ron Barge) and his sidekick, Benny the Bear, on TV. Saturday morning just wasn't complete without tuning into the songs, the puppets, the will-I-make-it-this-time? - As part of our Calgary at a Crossroads series we asked Ron Barge to show us the places around Calgary that matter the most to him. Buck Shot went off the air back in 1997.
Police say a 13 year-old-boy remains in hospital in St. John's in critical condition, after the snowmobile he was driving collided with a vehicle near the community of Anchor Point on the Northern Peninsula Thursday afternoon, closing a portion of Route 430. The RCMP said the boy was transported from the scene to the hospital in St. Anthony, and then airlifted to St. John's, but have not specified the nature of his injuries. Traffic was diverted away from the highway after the accident, through the town of Anchor Point.
The Windsor man pushing to change Canadian laws so they include punishments for anyone harming an unborn baby continued his appeal for political support Friday. Jeff Durham met with several federal politicians from the Windsor region to gauge their interest in the campaign he started after his former girlfriend Cassandra Kaake was slain in her east-end home last December at the age of 31. Matthew Brush has been charged with murder in connection with Kaake's death, but Durham and his supporters say Canadian laws should go further to hold people responsible for harming an unborn child.