The administrative judge hearing a misconduct case against a police officer who wrongly arrested tennis star James Blake briefly closed the courtroom to the public Wednesday to discuss the disciplinary record of a witness. The attorney for the police watchdog group prosecuting the case against Officer James Frascatore asked Daniel Modell, a defence witness and former police lieutenant who was testifying that he believed Frascatore acted appropriately during the arrest, about whether he'd been disciplined during an NYPD ticket-fixing scandal. Frascatore is being brought up on departmental charges of using inappropriate force on someone who never resisted or tried to flee.
By Francesco Guarascio BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission said the EU should proceed with an overhaul of taxes on digital firms even if the rest of the rich world did not follow suit, a draft report said. The document is part of an EU push to tap more revenues from online multinationals such as Amazon and Facebook, who are accused of paying too little tax in Europe by routing most of their profits to low-rate countries such as Ireland or Luxembourg. The draft report, to be adopted on Thursday, said that on average brick-and-mortar multinationals pay in taxes in the EU more than twice what their digital competitors do.
A group of Montreal cyclistsn is hoping a popular new Facebook group called #dansmapiste propels local politicians and police to crack down on when a car or truck blocks a bike path. "Basically every day I see something on my way to work or on my way to home," Mathieu Seguin, one of the group's founders, told CBC Montreal's Daybreak. Members of #dansmapiste post photos of different vehicles — cars, trucks, even steam rollers — blocking bike paths.
Death isn't always tragic, at least not in this Romanian cemetery, where the dead beguile visitors with tales of their lives. The Merry Cemetery in the northwestern village of Sapanta is a collection of more than 1,000 elaborate wooden Orthodox crosses etched with colorful epitaphs and childlike drawings. People realized that this indeed is a place where you can laugh at death itself," said sculptor Dumitru Pop Tincu, 62, who crafted many of the crosses.
The wife and daughter of an Edmonton man are still stranded in the British Virgin Islands as Hurricane Maria approaches. The Category 5 hurricane hit Tortola, the largest of the islands on September 6, leaving wrecked cars, uprooted trees and destroyed homes in its wake. Hurricane Maria, another Category 5 storm, is expected to pass through Puerto Rico and the British Virgin Islands this morning.
Amazon.com said on Wednesday it was reviewing its website after an investigation found that it could help users buy the ingredients to make a bomb using its "Frequently bought together" and "Customers who bought this also bought" features. Britain's Channel 4 News found the online retailer's algorithm was suggesting items that could be bought together to produce explosives on Monday, days after an apparently home-made bomb was detonated on the London Underground network. The ingredients, which are legal to purchase, were included in a "Frequently bought together" section in the listings for chemicals, the broadcaster said.
According to Mexican officials, 225 people were killed, less than two weeks after an 8.1 magnitude earthquake hit southern Mexico, killing nearly 100 people. Gustavo Garcia is a cook at a Vancouver restaurant, but his parents and sisters live in Mexico City. "A lot of buildings — around 30, 40 buildings — went down.
Japan's Toshiba Corp said on Wednesday it has agreed to sell its prized semiconductor business to a group led by U.S. private equity firm Bain Capital LP, a key step in keeping the struggling Japanese conglomerate listed on the Tokyo exchange. Toshiba said in a nighttime announcement through the exchange its board decided to sign a contract for the deal worth about 2 trillion yen ($18 billion), the latest and perhaps final twist in a deal that only hours earlier had seen the company leading toward an agreement with its U.S. joint venture partner Western Digital Corp. The decision to sell the world's No. 2 producer of NAND memory chips, first reported by Reuters on Wednesday, was made at a board meeting earlier in the day. Toshiba said the agreement assumed the deal would weather legal challenges raised by Western Digital.
The list of missing and murdered women in Newfoundland and Labrador has grown by one more, and the crushing impact of that isn't lost on the St. John's Native Friendship Centre's Amelia Reimer. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Tuesday that they believe Ryanna Grywacheski, 18, an indigenous women from Regina, was killed by Jeff Kilfoy, 37, in a murder-suicide this past weekend in Marystown. Reimer and the Native Friendship Centre organize the annual In Her Name vigil in conjunction with the St. John's Status of Women's Council, and she says she was already updating the list when she heard the news.
A quarter of Nova Scotia public school students miss at least 16 days of school a year, a problem the province called a growing concern Wednesday as it announced a tougher policy related to absenteeism.
Former "Access Hollywood" and "Today" show personality Billy Bush has separated from wife Sydney Davis after nearly 20 years of marriage. The separation comes nearly a year after a 2005 recording surfaced of a lewd conversation between Bush and then "Apprentice" host Donald Trump during an "Access Hollywood" shoot. The video rocked Trump's presidential campaign and led to Bush's ouster from his "Today" post.
Google Canada is investing $500,000 toward teaching Canadian elementary and high school students how to be news literate. The program, called News Wise, wants to highlight the importance of journalism in a democracy, as well as give students the tools and the know-how to find and filter information online. "There is a proliferation of information online, [so] making sure that this next generation is equipped with these kinds of tools is really important," Aaron Brindle, head of public affairs for Google Canada, told CBC.
A veteran Conservative MP has apologized for referring to the federal environment minister as "climate Barbie," a sexist insult apparently lifted from Rebel Media. Gerry Ritz, the former agriculture minister who announced last month that he is leaving federal politics after two dedades, made the remark on Twitter Tuesday. "Has anyone told our climate Barbie!" Ritz offered.
A new TV series explores the life of notorious Montreal mob boss Vito Rizzuto. Actor Tony Nappo says the revenge tale, which debuts on City on Thursday, is “almost Shakespearean.”
Over four nights starting Thursday, an Alaska scientist will try to create his own artificial aurora that could be visible as far away as Yukon. The experiment is out of the High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) Observatory at Gakona, Alaska, and is planned for 9:30 p.m. Chris Fallen, an assistant research professor at the Geophysical Institute of University of Alaska Fairbanks, will attempt to create the artificial airglow in the sky.
The P.E.I. government is looking to update its Tourism Industry Act to take into account a changing tourism landscape, including the advent of services such as Airbnb. Airbnb was founded the following year. Tourism Minister Heath MacDonald said changes will continue to ensure a safe and enjoyable stay on P.E.I.
Even after the devastating Fort McMurray wildfire and an oilsands production shutdown, the Wood Buffalo region which includes the oilsands capital is expected to outpace Edmonton, Calgary and Red Deer in economic growth into 2018.
Lucy Maud Montgomery will finally be making her debut on Heritage Minutes. Davida Aronovitch, the manager of Heritage Minutes, says Montgomery's Minute will show a personal side of the Anne of Green Gables author.
More than half of adults in Canada say their shuteye is fitful at times, according to a Statistics Canada report released Wednesday. During the 2007 to 2013 study period, Canadians 18 to 64 averaged 7.12 hours of sleep per night. "Short sleep duration and poor sleep quality are prevalent among Canadian adults.
A chef in southern France with three Michelin stars says he wants to be stripped of the distinction because of the "huge pressure" to dish up flawless fare each day. Sebastien Bras's Le Suquet restaurant in the village of Laguiole joined the elite club of French three-star restaurants, which currently number 27, in 1999. On Wednesday the 46-year-old said he wanted to be dropped from the 2018 edition of the Michelin Guide to "start a new chapter".
A regimental funeral will be held today in New Brunswick for a member of the RCMP killed in a collision last week when he stopped to help motorists change a flat tire. Deschenes was known as a dedicated Mountie who worked to educate the public about the need to slow down when driving past emergency vehicles. The 35-year-old officer — originally from northwest New Brunswick — was a former member of the force's famed Musical Ride, and had just gotten married this summer.
"Our hope is that we'll be able to identify those people and, at minimum, have a chat with them about their illegal dumping and, if need be, charge them," said Windsor's manager of environmental services, Anne-Marie Albidone. The test-cameras have been installed in parts of the city where illegal dumping tends to be rampant. The testing phase is expected to end in October and then the city will make a decision on which camera works best and how many to purchase.
For months after the Brussels extremist attacks of 2016 it seemed an exhibition on Islam's legacy in Europe might never open in the city. At first, the creators and city officials felt the time wasn't right, and then they struggled to find a location willing to host a show certain to be seen as controversial by some. It's Also Our History" exhibition at the city-owned Vanderborght Building finally managed to open last week and is telling its story of a long Islamic presence on European soil that has shaped Western culture in areas ranging from medicine, philosophy and architecture to diplomacy, language and food.
The organization describes itself as a real estate coaching company, which sells annual memberships to investors and entrepreneurs. "Understand that if North Korea fires off some missiles and things, all bets are off," said Don Campbell, who founded the group. "But Saskatoon, and Saskatchewan as a whole, has food, fuel, fertilizer and farmers.