Glance at the highlight reel of Justin Trudeau’s first year as Prime Minister and much differentiates him from his predecessor: Trudeau’s “sunny ways,” social media selfies with Canadians, and, perhaps the most memorable, the Syrian refugee resettlement program.>> Read More »
A Toronto woman says she feels she was taken for a ride after being billed for an Uber trip ordered on her account that she didn't take — 7,000 kilometres away in Krakow, Poland. Laura Hesp was at home in her apartment in Toronto on Monday when she says she received a text saying an Uber driver would be there in five minutes to pick her up. Hesp says she thought it was it was a glitch and posted about the ride to the Weird Toronto Facebook group.
A Syrian refugee family who came to Corner Brook last December has moved on to be closer to family in Ontario. The al Homsi family was the first of two Syrian families who came to western Newfoundland, under the sponsorship of the Refugee Support Group – Corner Brook Region. Group member Ivan Emke said that saying goodbye was hard, but it's important to remember that people in Corner Brook succeeded in giving a Syrian family a chance to start over.
Like many people, 23-year-old Emily DiVito was multitasking while watching last week's presidential debate, with a little studying and a little Twitter-surfing. What's more, the moment gave DiVito, a former avid supporter of Clinton's primary rival Bernie Sanders, a feeling of solidarity with Clinton — a "moment of connectivity," as she put it. The candidate who so badly needed to close the gender gap instead saw his "nasty woman" remark — accompanied by a wagging index finger — become a feminist battle cry, a galvanizing moment for Clinton and an exclamation point to a campaign dominated by gender.
Over two hours, federal agents snapped pictures as the pair visited seven banks, stopping at each one to make cash deposits of just under $10,000 — all from piles of drug money stashed in their bags. The trick is keeping deposits small, because banks are required to report cash deposits of $10,000 or more to the government. Before they went to prison late last month, the Salgados were paid to launder up to $1 million a month collected from drug wholesalers doing business with the notorious Sinaloa cartel, prosecutors said.
Tiny Homes are taking off in popularity with people across the country joining the miniature movement but homebuilders in Manitoba say municipal bylaws haven't caught up with the craze. Darrell Manuliak, who owns Mini Homes of Manitoba with his wife Anita Munn, said they have sold five of the tiny dwellings in their first year of business in the province. The largest home they've build is only 320-square-feet but the little buildings can be connected to water and electrical outlets the same as a camper. Unlike seasonal vehicles, the tiny homes are made to withstand Canadian winters.
BARRINGTON, R.I. — Women clad in yoga pants are preparing to parade through a coastal Rhode Island town, right past the house of a man who derided the attire as tacky and ridiculous .
There is a gripping photograph of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau taken when newly elected Liberal MP Jody Wilson-Raybould was sworn in as justice minister. The two politicians stare into each other's eyes, smiling, both their faces lending themselves easily to projections about the promise of naming the first indigenous person — and the third woman — to head a department that has, throughout Canadian history, played a crucial role in designing legislation that has been so often harmful to First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples. "I know that for both the prime minister and myself, the reaction to the appointment was not so much about me, but rather a response to how far we have come as country," Wilson-Raybould wrote in a statement issued in place of making herself available for an interview for this profile.
On Saturday, a 26-year-old was charged with arson causing damage to property, two counts of arson with disregard for human life and possession of an incendiary device. Early in the morning on July 16, four occupants were inside a home on the 500 block of Young Street when several suspects allegedly targeted their home, throwing "multiple incendiary devices through different windows, causing a serious fire," said police. In September, a 20-year-old was also charged in connection with the incident and faces charges of arson causing damage to property and arson with disregard for human life.
Peel police have identified the man shot and killed in Mississauga Saturday as 23-year-old Deshawn Brandon Nicholson.
A tour bus returning home to Los Angeles from a casino trip plowed into the back of a semi-truck on a California highway early Sunday, killing 13 people and injuring 31 others, authorities said. A maintenance crew had slowed down traffic on Interstate 10 before the vehicles crashed just north of the desert resort town of Palm Springs, California Highway Patrol Border Division Chief Jim Abele said. It was not known if alcohol, drugs or fatigue played a role in the crash about 100 miles east of Los Angeles, but the bus was inspected in April and had no mechanical issues, Abele said.
"I was pretty shocked and upset," said Tracey Rossi, a single mother now forced to move. "It's stressful, really stressful," said Jacqui Charlebois, another one of the evicted residents, who has a daughter attending college nearby. Vancouver is super hard to find a decent suite that a family can afford.
Local off-roaders have once again teamed up to clean up McLean Creek. More than 20 volunteers spent Saturday at the popular camping and off-roading area west of the city near Bragg Creek. JJ Marshall has helped organize the cleanup and said it's about leading by example.
Emmanuel Arceneaux stood up this week and talked to the B.C. Lions about what it takes to win games — physicality, emotion and desire. Arceneaux caught eight passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns, including a brilliant 70-yard score where he fought off two would-be tacklers, as the Lions defeated the Edmonton Eskimos 32-25 for a key victory in the CFL's West Division. "We're at a point now in the season where it's kill or be killed," said Arceneaux. "No home boys, no friends.
Some people on Newfoundland's southwest coast are overjoyed that the province is replacing two bridges on old woods roads linking Buchans Junction to the Burgeo highway, reopening an old shortcut. Peter Fenwick chairs the South West Coast Joint Council. People had used the shortcut for years, travelling down either the eastern side of Red Indian Lake through Millertown or the western side through Buchans, before travelling on to the Burgeo highway.
Nearly six months after one of the largest evacuations in Canadian history, no one in Fort McMurray seems to have a clear idea of just how many residents have returned to the fire-ravaged city. About 88,000 people were evacuated from Fort McMurray and the surrounding communities in the wake of the fire, which first reached the city on May 3. Residents who lost their homes remain scattered in distant cities, and whether they intend to return or rebuild may be dependent on the health of the oilsands sector.
Sean Patterson first heard about 13-year-old Alex Brown’s missing dog, he couldn’t help but take notice. The autistic boy’s three-year-old golden retriever, named Sasha, had suddenly run off while his family was near the town of Harrow, Ont., over the Thanksgiving weekend. As the Windsor Star reports, word soon got out the dog had gone missing, and local volunteers began searching the surrounding area.
Protesters who broke through a gate and entered the Muskrat Falls work site in central Labrador Saturday night say they were proud to make their voices heard. Toby Williams was one of the protesters who walked into the site of the hydroelectric project with a group of others on Saturday. The flooding could increase the potential for mercury contamination in traditional food sources like fish and seal downstream in Lake Melville, according to a study conducted by researchers from Harvard University.
Sat, Oct 22: Crews that have been trying to contain a fuel spill on BC's central coast have suffered a major setback Saturday. A tug boat ran aground and sank near Bella Bella ten days ago. Now the booms placed around that boat have been hit by a storm. Nadia Stewart reports.
A delegation of Arctic aboriginals that includes Canadian Inuit will use its first appearance before the group that regulates global shipping to argue that it shouldn't be its last. The delegation is to make a lunch-time presentation to the organization's Marine Environment Protection Committee in London on Wednesday. Maritime traffic through Arctic waters is still low.
Sun, Oct 23: Police are investigating a shooting at the Kinsmen Senior Citizens Centre that killed a 23-year-old Toronto man. Erica Vella reports.
The missing head of a statue of baby Jesus has been returned, and the bright orange clay head that replaced it has been removed. The statue had recently been fitted with the temporary clay head — topped with a spiky orange crown — crafted by a local artist, which garnered international attention and was compared online to a character on “The Simpsons” or to the infamously botched restoration of a fresco of Jesus in Spain.
A new kindergarten class in Williams Lake is seeing some real success in the classroom, its teacher says, although the class isn't a room at all. Sylvia Swift is teaching the school district's first "nature kindergarten" which keeps kids outside all day to add a natural element to the lessons. Swift is teaching nature kindergarten for the first time and says she wanted to do it so the kids could help direct the lessons.
Power outages on the Halifax peninsula are stalling traffic and affecting popular weekend hang-outs.
Phalen said the municipality is trying to discourage "treasure finders," from the practice, which can be common on regular large garbage pick-up days. He said picking through the trash of flood victims can be unsafe. "A lot of these places have had sewage and oil contamination, so there is a health hazard there as well.
Jim Justice, a coal billionaire running for West Virginia governor, owes millions in back taxes to some of Appalachia's most impoverished counties, including one in Kentucky that is struggling to pay the debt on a new rec centre and has turned the lights off in its parks and reduced hot meals for senior citizens. Many of these counties have been devastated by the collapse of the coal industry over the past few years, and their financial struggles are not all Justice's fault. "It's just absurd that a billionaire wouldn't pay his taxes," fellow Democrat Zach Weinberg, the top elected official in Kentucky's Knott County, said as he thumbed through a folder of Justice's debts.