Years after homeless man's death, new sobering centre planned in Vancouver
Years after homeless man's death, new sobering centre planned in Vancouver

Health officials in Vancouver are planning a new "sobering centre" seven years after it was recommended by an inquiry into the death of a severely intoxicated homeless man, but some advocates and family members say it still falls short. Vancouver Coastal Health has begun planning a facility

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  • Twin brothers identified as victims of an after hours accident at Calgary bobsled track

    Twin brothers have been identified as the two young men who died during an after-hours visit to a Calgary luge-bobsled track early Saturday. Jordan and Evan Caldwell, who were 17, were killed and six other male teens were injured while using a personal sled/toboggan to go down the bobsled track at Canada Olympic Park and hit a large gate used to separate the luge and bobsled tracks. Life is precious, life is fragile, and we must redeem the time we're given," said Jason, Shauna and Katie Caldwell.

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  • Toronto bride wed by trailblazing NYC Fire Dept. chaplain amid fatal crane collapse

    Nesh Pillay, 25, a Toronto native, was at a Manhattan hair salon on Friday with her mother and sister getting ready for her wedding when they felt the earth shake as a construction crane collapsed outside, killing one person and injuring three others. "So I kind of went into the bathroom and put my wedding dress on and left, knowing at this point I was very late," Pillay said. Pillay was standing outside in her wedding gown in the slushy cold weather in the middle of the crane collapse scene, when Rev. Ann Kansfield of the New York City Fire Department swooped in, covered the bride in a protective firefighter jacket and escorted her to city hall where groom Aaron Vanderhoff was waiting.

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  • Tammy and Kevin Goforth convicted in death of 4-year-old girl, harm of girl's sister

    The couple was also found guilty of causing bodily harm to the girl's two-year-old sister who was also in their care. Kevin Goforth, wearing a grey shirt and a black tie with a pattern, sat in the packed courtroom with his hands folded in front of his waist, looking towards his family. Tammy Goforth sat beside him, wearing a buttoned-down purple shirt. After hearing her guilty verdict, Tammy Goforth broke down and began crying, while her partner tried to console her.

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  • North Korea fires rocket seen as covert missile test

    North Korea on Sunday defied international warnings and launched a long-range rocket that the United Nations and others call a cover for a banned test of technology for a missile that could strike the U.S. mainland. The rocket was fired from North Korea's west coast and tracked separately by the United States, Japan and South Korea. It follows North Korea's widely disputed claim last month to have tested a hydrogen bomb.

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  • Pemberton RCMP looking for truck that hit pedestrian, then drove off with them

    Pemberton RCMP say they are looking for a white, late model Chevrolet truck that allegedly hit a pedestrian on Highway 99 and then drove off with the victim.

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  • Oregon police officer shot while serving warrant on suspect

    A police officer in Seaside, Oregon, was fatally shot as he was serving an arrest warrant Friday night, authorities said. Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis on Saturday identified the officer as Seaside police Sgt. Jason Goodding, 39, who joined the police department in 2003. Authorities say the shooting happened Friday night in downtown Seaside as Goodding and another officer were attempting to arrest a man wanted on a warrant for felony assault.

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  • Verdun bans drive-through restaurants

    There are only four restaurants with drive-through service in Verdun, and the borough plans to keep it that way. Verdun is the latest borough to ban the construction of new fast-food spots that offer service for customers in their cars. "In Montreal, 39 per cent of greenhouse gases are because of motorized vehicles, so if we can do anything to reduce that, we're reducing our carbon footprint," said Sterling Downey, a city councillor for Verdun.

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  • Montreal hires doctor who violated code of ethics

    An orthopaedist who violated his professional code of ethics has been given an untendered contract potentially worth several thousand dollars by the City of Montreal. In 2011 Dr Chérif Tadros was suspended for three months by the disciplinary arm of the Quebec College of Physicians. Tadros was found to have received money from a pharmaceutical company between 2001 and 2006 for selling prosthetics in the hospital where he worked.

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  • German competition watchdog wants 'big data' hoards considered in merger probes: paper

    The vast troves of consumer data held by big Internet companies should be scrutinized in merger probes because they have a big impact on competition, the president of the German antitrust watchdog told a newspaper. Collections of "big data" - covering billions of internet searches, messages and other online interactions - hand Internet companies huge power they can exercise in marketing and commerce and which potentially makes it difficult for smaller businesses to compete in those areas. Facebook's $19 billion acquisition of Whatsapp in 2014 almost escaped scrutiny from cartel authorities as the messaging service hardly had any revenues at the time, Mundt said, adding that it was apparently still of great strategic importance to Facebook.

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  • Turkey under pressure as Syrians mass at border

    Turkey came under mounting pressure to open its border Saturday as tens of thousands of Syrians fleeing a government onslaught sought entry and the European Union called on Ankara to grant them refuge. As many as 35,000 Syrians have massed along the closed border, according to Suleyman Tapsiz, governor of the Turkish border province of Kilis. The Norwegian Refugee Council said thousands of Syrians have arrived at seven of the main informal camps close to the Turkish border.

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  • Sylvia Consuelo, young mother of three, sexually assaulted and killed on January 30th

    Sat, Feb 6: Police say Consuelo suffering from drug addiction and had turned to a life in the sex trade. Peter Kim reports.

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  • Pope's sex abuse panel tells abuse survivor to take a leave

    Pope Francis' sex abuse advisory committee voted Saturday to sideline one of its members, a high-profile abuse survivor who had clashed with the commission over its mission. Peter Saunders, a British advocate for victims, had been highly critical of the Vatican's slow progress in taking measures to protect children and punish bishops who covered up for pedophile priests. During a commission meeting Saturday, "it was decided that Mr. Peter Saunders would take a leave of absence from his membership to consider how he might best support the commission's work," the Vatican said.

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  • Fitness trackers putting kids at risk, says child psychologist

    Anne Wareham, a child psychologist with the Janeway's Lifestyle Program, said if these devices, such as the FitBit, aren't used properly, those kids can be at risk. It depends really on whether you are in control — or whether the FitBit is in control," said Wareham. "The whole idea of wellness is lost.

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  • Tories to work with provincial counterparts to rebuild in Atlantic Canada

    Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose says her party will be working closely with its provincial counterparts to rebuild support in Liberal-dominated Atlantic Canada. Speaking at the annual general meeting of the Nova Scotia Tories in Halifax on Saturday, Ambrose said a lot of work must be done to earn back the trust of voters after the Liberals swept the region in October's election. Ambrose said it's an opportunity to form a unique partnership with the Tory leaders in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador.

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  • Sleepless in East Vancouver: Teaching students the importance of rest

    Students at Vancouver Technical Secondary School wanted to learn how sleep deprivation affects their minds and bodies. "I'm probably going to pass out," said Grade 11 student Cyrus Jordan in an interview Saturday morning. The event was billed as a "Wake-a-thon". Throughout the night and morning, students performed physical and mental exercises to test their reactions to sleep deprivation.

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  • Twitter users decry reported plan to prioritize tweets

    By Amy Tennery NEW YORK (Reuters) - The hashtag #RIPTwitter became the top trending U.S. item on Twitter on Saturday, after a report from BuzzFeed said the company is planning to change how it displays users’ tweets. The BuzzFeed report, which went live on Friday night and did not disclose the source of its information, said the social media platform will reorder tweets to prioritize those it believes more users will want to see. Currently, Twitter arranges tweets in chronological order.

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  • Wind warning issued for south and central Saskatchewan

    Environment Canada is warning about a fast moving weather system that's making its way across Saskatchewan today, which could cause damage to buildings. 

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  • Over 100 missing, 18 dead as strong quake rattles Taiwan

    Rescuers on Sunday found signs of live within the remains of a high-rise residential building that collapsed in a powerful, shallow earthquake in southern Taiwan that killed at least 18 people and injured hundreds. The emergency centre in Tainan, the worst-hit city, estimated that 132 people were still missing more than 24 hours after the magnitude-6.4 quake struck at dawn Saturday. Tainan Mayor Lai Ching-te said in TV interviews from the site of the building collapse that life detecting equipment had found signs of life from at least 29 trapped people.

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  • RCMP communications centre fields hundreds of 911 calls every day

    "We know that around suppertime, everybody's heading home, so then we're hoping people are driving slow, taking their time, and when they forget that, that's when we get calls of cars off the road," said Cpl. Chantal Farrah. Farrah manages the centre where all calls outside of the Moncton area are received and where almost every RCMP investigation begins. The communications centre in Fredericton receives hundreds of calls each day that are handled by trained operators.

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  • Eating disorders in university becoming more common, researcher says

    The university years bring new friends, new ideas and, sometimes, an eating disorder. Sally Willis-Stewart, director of the Nutrition Education Centre at UBC Okanagan, says campuses are breeding grounds for eating disorders because the young students are struggling to fit in and post-secondary life is a big transition. "They're pretty common, and one of the challenging things is we don't know the exact numbers … it's a very 'closet' disorder," Willis-Stewart told Daybreak South host Chris Walker.

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  • Cree walkers leave Moose Factory, Ontario, on healing path

    One of the walkers, Chisasibi resident Christine Chewanish, said the purpose of Meenwach'heewouwan Maskinnou is ton confront the historical traumas her community has faced. "I had some personal experiences of abuses in my life, where I wanted it to do something about it, so I decided to do a snowshoe walk to bring awareness about the hurting that not only affects my family, but my home community, and Nation," she said. Chewanish said she has the support of her community behind her. And she won't be walking alone.

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  • Two illegal salmon fishers fined, banned from inland waters

    An Appleton man was sentenced and fined $3,000 in Gander on January 19th for netting Atlantic salmon in inland waters. The man was also fined $1,000 for illegal possession of salmon, and an additional $500 for breaching probation.

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  • NDG cultural centre opens it doors after 4 years of delays

    Located at the corner of Monkland and Benny avenues, the cultural centre was initially slated to open in 2012. "There were a few problems," said Peter McQueen, the city councillor for Notre-Dame-de-Grâce. McQueen said the new library will be particularly welcome in a borough that has a shortage of library books.

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  • Most Canadians disagree with Trudeau's plan to withdraw CF-18s, poll suggests

    A new poll suggests that majority of Canadians disagree with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's pledge to withdraw Canada's CF-18 fighter jets by the end of March from the U.S.-led bombing mission against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Meanwhile, 11 per cent of respondents wanted to stop Canada's involvement in the fight against ISIS altogether. The majority of Canadians disagreed with the prime minister, with 37 per cent saying the Liberal government should continue the current level of bombing and training provided by Canada, while 26 per cent wanted the levels increased.

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  • Exit Realty on the Rock liquidating assets but not bankrupt, owner says

    Stirling said the association is working with legal counsel and PWC to determine how pending commissions will be handled as agents are considered "a creditor" in the receivership process. Stirling said about 40 former Exit Realty on the Rock agents have been relicensed with another broker as of 6 p.m. Friday, and about 25 had yet to apply for relicensing.

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  • Seniors' home where 3 died in fire not subject to provincial inspections

    The apartment building where three people died in a fire was not legislated under the Ontario Fire Code as a senior's home, despite being advertised as a "senior's lifestyle suite" and only being available to people aged 59 and over. "This is an apartment that houses individuals who are older than [59] so there is no provincial legal requirement for any municipal fire departments to conduct routine inspections at these types of occupancies. The fire marshal is investigating the cause of the fire and the condition of the five-storey building where it took place.

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  • Fentanyl crisis: 6 people charged after lengthy VPD investigation

    Six people have been charged with multiple drug offences after a lengthy investigation, called Project Trooper, by the Vancouver Police Department. The seven-month investigation included the seizure of $575,000 in cash, multiple firearms, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and nearly 24,000 fentanyl pills. $3.8 million in property was also seized, including eight vehicles, an apartment in Vancouver, a townhouse in New Westminster and a house in Coquitlam.

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  • Staying positive as N.L. construction sector treads 'turbulent waters'

    "There's challenges, but we see it as being positive and moving forward," NLCA chair Ed LeGrow told CBC News. The conference was a sold out event, and LeGrow said the association overall is growing, with close to 700 members. Despite the positivity at the conference in Corner Brook, one delayed project in the city is cause for concern.

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  • Quebec's order of veterinarians bans pet cosmetic surgery

    Veterinarians in Quebec will no longer be able to crop the tails or ears of pets for cosmetic purposes beginning in 2017. The province's order of veterinarians moved to prohibit certain cosmetic procedures in late January — a first for Quebec. The order also banned ear cropping for dogs and cats, stating that it goes against the principles of ensuring an animal's wellbeing.

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  • Football in B.C. more successful and popular than ever despite concussion concerns

    Slightly less prominent Wednesday was the retirement announcement by former B.C. high school and CFL star Shea Emry, due to the estimated 10 concussions he suffered  in his career and continued headaches and blurred vision he's dealing with at age 29. "[High school football] is better right now than it's ever been, and that comes amidst all of these issues with head injuries," said Tsumura, calling Notre Dame's signing of Claypool the most significant recruitment in B.C. high school football history.

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  • Merkel urges better protection of EU external borders

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Saturday for better protection at the European Union's external borders in order to maintain the passport-free Schengen zone. "We need to protect our external borders because we want to keep Schengen," Merkel said in her weekly podcast. Failing to protect the EU's external borders would jeopardize free movement of people which is the basis for the bloc's wealth, Merkel added.

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  • Warrant issued for teen wanted in OC Transpo pepper spraying

    Police have issued an arrest warrant for an 18-year-old man accused of using pepper spray on a OC Transpo bus passenger last month — then allegedly sending a youth to the city's police station to be arrested in his place. Other passengers were affected by the spray but no one was taken to hospital, Ottawa police said at the time.

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  • Edgar Mitchell, astronaut who walked on Moon, dead at 85

    NASA paid glowing tribute to Mitchell, who died in Florida after a brief illness late Thursday, the eve of the 45th anniversary of his lunar landing. The late astronaut was a member of the 1971 Apollo 14 mission along with Alan Shepard Jr. and Stuart Roosa. Mitchell was the last Apollo 14 survivor: Roosa died in 1994 and Shepard in 1998.

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  • Avalanche Training takes place in Whistler

    Sat, Feb 6: It was just a week ago that five snowmobilers were killed when a massive avalanche came down near McBride. It turns out many had the proper equipment, but it still wasn't enough. As Catherine Urquhart reports, an exercise today showed how knowledge and training can be the key to staying alive.

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  • Push and pull, as fishermen debate proposed tourist fishery

    The notion that tourists should be able to drop a fishing line in the ocean all summer long has ignited a fierce debate on CBC Radio's The Broadcast. Mussel Bed Boat Tours in Lewisporte is lobbying the federal government on behalf of 40 tour boat operators. "We proposed that we would start the season the first of June and end it at the end of September or the first of October, and that we would retain two fish per tourist per trip," said Mussel Bed's owner Graham Wood.

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  • Rio carnival goers tell Zika mosquito to buzz off

    A massive, fleshy crowd of semi-naked people might seem like the Zika-transmitting mosquito's paradise, but Rio Carnival goers Saturday said nothing -- not even an international health emergency -- can stop the party. The peak weekend of Rio de Janeiro's Carnival season got underway with an estimated one million people cramming into the city center for the Cordao da Bola Preta street party.

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  • Romania asks UNESCO to protect planned open-cast goldmine site

    Romania has asked the UN cultural agency UNESCO to give world heritage list status to a village where a Canadian firm is battling to locate a controversial open-cast goldmine. The village of Rosia Montana and a radius of two kilometres (just over a mile) were last month declared a site of historical interest by Romania's culture ministry thereby granting it protection from mining activity. "Rosia Montana carries the imprint of a close interaction between man and environment, which has generated a cultural landscape that is among the richest and most spectacular," Alexandrescu said.

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  • Calgary bobsled deaths: Sliding down track after-hours 'tradition,' people say online

    Sliding down the bobsled track after-hours on 'dumb things' was a 'tradition' for staff at Canada Olympic Park, according to several people on social media who say they used to work there. The online posters are reacting to news that teenage twin brothers are dead and six of their friends are injured after they tried to use their own toboggan on the bobsled track at Canada Olympic Park. "When I worked there many moons ago it was tradition that people went down the track on dumb things," wrote Kendra Coates on Facebook.

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  • Britons vote Thatcher most influential woman of past 200 years

    Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is the most influential woman of the past 200 years, according to a survey of Britons published on Tuesday which showed men place a higher value on political influence than women do. Thatcher, who was Britain's first - and, so far, only - prime minister, led her Conservative party to three election victories, governing from 1979 to 1990, the longest continuous term in office for a British premier in over 150 years. Thatcher's policies on trade unions, privatization and the Falklands war left Britain bitterly divided over her legacy, and the survey by British pensions and insurance firm Scottish Widows highlighted the depth of her influence in the country.

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  • China school sees monkey business in New Year

    Macaques in frilly dresses turn backflips and answer maths questions for crowds of screaming children at a Chinese monkey school, where trainers teach them to waltz and play rock drums. Shows featuring performing simians, popular in China and throughout Asia, are expecting a boost in the Lunar New Year of the monkey, which begins on Monday. "It's like a human school, but using monkeys," said Takeshi Soma, the Japanese "headmaster" of the facility, at a zoo in Dongying in the eastern province of Shandong.

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  • Years after homeless man's death, new sobering centre planned in Vancouver

    Health officials in Vancouver are planning a new "sobering centre" seven years after it was recommended by an inquiry into the death of a severely intoxicated homeless man, but some advocates and family members say it still falls short. Vancouver Coastal Health has begun planning a facility where police could take people who are drunk or high on drugs instead of a jail cell. It will be attached to a new detox centre, to replace an aging building that already contains a small sobering unit of about five to 10 beds.

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  • Souls Harbour celebrates Chinese New Year in Regina, thanks to donations

    Regina Souls Harbour patrons were treated to a special Chinese New Year meal Thursday night entirely from community donations. Several Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants donated food for the feast and a number of volunteers from the Chinese community helped serve about 250 guests. "We thought it's a very good idea to share some food at Souls Harbour," said Dr. Im Ooi, who organized the dinner.

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  • Vintage Wayne Gretzky images going up for sale

    Only photographer Bob Peterson, his wife, and a few family members know where the secret archive is kept. Many of those are from the 1978-79 WHA season when Howe played for the Houston Aeros and Gretzky was with the Oilers.

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  • Country singer with Labrador roots realizes Nashville dream

    A country singer who grew up on the border between Labrador and Quebec is stepping into the spotlight, after realizing her childhood dream of travelling to Nashville to record an album. Jessica Lavallee is from Blanc Sablon, Que., which is just minutes from the southern Labrador border and the neighbouring community of L'Anse au Clair. "It was one of those things that I really, really wanted to be a part of," said Lavallee.

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  • 3 people rescued from Tracadie River after breaking through ice

    Tracadie RCMP say they received a call Friday night at 7 p.m. that a off-road vehicle had gone through the ice near the Snowball Bridge. All four were taken to the hospital where they were treated and released.

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  • Canvas Project in Kelowna, B.C. finds universal disappointments, loves

    "The objective of it is to show that even though we're from different backgrounds, and there's a heck of a lot of diversity, it's the things that keep us together, our desires and our needs that are actually very similar," student Laurence Watt, one of the organizers, told Radio West host Rebecca Zandbergen. Stella Mozin, another organizer, says on-campus efforts to ask those questions yielded universal answers. After the Canvas Project wrapped up in downtown Kelowna, Watt called the event a "tremendous success" with up to 20 people at one point gathered around the canvasses writing their answers.

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  • Iranian-British ex-BBC journalist is in Evin prison, relatives say

    By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin DUBAI (Reuters) - The family of an Iranian-British former BBC journalist who was detained last week in Tehran were told on Saturday that he was in the capital's Evin prison, a friend told Reuters. Bahman Daroshafaei, 34, a translator and former BBC Persian service reporter, was detained on Wednesday at his home, according to the opposition website "His family went to Evin prison today.

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  • Woman dead in Parkdale apartment fire

    Sat, Feb 6: A woman is dead after a fire on the fifth floor of an apartment complex in Parkdale on Saturday.

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  • Michael B. Jordan wins big at NAACP Image Awards

    It was a total knockout for Michael B. Jordan at the NAACP Image Awards in a ceremony that took several jabs at Hollywood for the lack of racial diversity. The star of the boxing drama "Creed" was honoured Friday as both the entertainer of the year and outstanding actor in a motion picture for his role as Apollo Creed's son. "I used to sneak into the Image Awards, and now I'm standing here as the entertainer of the year, which is mind-blowing," he said.

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  • World Cup alpine skiing: Canada has disappointing showing at 2018 Olympic downhill venue

    The Canadian team didn't fare well on what will be the downhill course for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics in South Korea, with Erik Guay finishing 28th. Innerhofer, who took a silver and a bronze at the 2014 Games in Sochi, told the Associated Press he thought the course was too slow, compared with what World Cup racers have become accustomed to.

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  • Winnipeg man charged with string of offences after high-speed chase in Neepawa

    RCMP say a 27-year-old Winnipeg man has been charged with a string of offences following a high-speed chase in western Manitoba, in which a stolen SUV slammed into a police cruiser and dragged an officer who was trying to make the arrest. RCMP caught up with the white vehicle about 37 kilometres east of Neepawa, Man., on Highway 16.

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  • Nigerians have image problem abroad, hampers emigration to West: president

    Nigerians have an image problem abroad which makes it difficult to emigrate to the West, but they can stay at home where their services are needed, President Muhammadu Buhari was quoted as saying by a British newspaper on Saturday. A former army ruler from the 1980s who returned to power as a civilian after winning an election in March last year, Buhari has the image of an ascetic disciplinarian keen to tackle his country's persistent problems with crime and corruption. "Some Nigerians' claim is that life is too difficult back home," he was quoted as telling the Daily Telegraph newspaper.

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  • Free skating, swims and more across B.C. on Family Day weekend

    Family Day, which provides a much-needed midwinter break, falls on Monday, Feb. 8. - The Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre is hosting Chinese New Year celebrations from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event features live performances, games, a play area and a food concession. - Britannia Ice Rink is offering free skating on Family Day as well as a dance performance and hot chocolate.

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  • Nigeria, the new marathon hub?

    The infamously congested, concrete jungle of Lagos is far from a runners' paradise, but with the launch of a new annual marathon on Saturday organisers hope to show that the city's bad reputation is undeserved. Over 20,000 participants turned out before dawn on a typically muggy morning in Lagos to compete in the biggest marathon the city has seen in thirty years. The streets of sub-Saharan Africa's biggest metropolis, usually clogged with cars, battered mini busses and whizzing okadas -- motorbike taxis -- were cleared for the event and patrolled by lines of armed police and soldiers.

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  • Tampa police: 1 dead, 7 injured in shooting at club

    A shooting at a strip club early Saturday morning in Tampa, Florida, left one person dead, seven injured and police searching for answers. Hours later, Crime Stoppers of Tampa Bay said it was offering a reward of up to $3,000 for information leading to the identification and arrest of the person — or people — who fired the shots. Marvin Douglass Lancaster III, 21, of Brandon was killed in the shooting, according to Lt. John Preyer of the Tampa police.

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  • Austria's finance minister asks EU to cover costs of additional migrants

    Austria's Finance Minister Hans-Joerg Schelling has asked the European Commission to provide 600 million euros ($670 million) to cover the costs of taking in additional refugees, a ministry spokesman said on Saturday. Austria budgeted for 35,000 asylum seekers annually at a cost of 11,000 euros per person but took in some 90,000 people in 2015, the spokesman quoted the minister as saying in a letter to the head of the EU executive, Jean-Claude Juncker. "Concerning the migration crisis it is high time the Commission returned to its normal function as an independent institution representing the general Community interest and start acting as such," Schelling said in the letter, part of which was published by the daily Kurier.

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  • Sea turtles with tumors fill Florida hospital

    A team of medical attendants turns it over, revealing an underbelly cluttered with tumors, some as big as golf balls. This endangered green sea turtle, about two years old and too young for the staff to know yet whether it is male or female, is infected with fibropapillomatosis, a potentially deadly disease caused by a type of herpes virus. As the population of green sea turtles rebounds in and around the Florida Keys, cases of fibropapillomatosis have exploded too, filling the corridors of the United States' oldest rescue and rehab facility, known simply as the Turtle Hospital.

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  • Salma Hayek sent to ER but her 'inappropriate' outfit gets the attention

    Salma Hayek knows how to make an appearance, even when she shows up at an emergency room. The Frida actor was rushed to hospital after suffering a minor head injury while on a film set. "My wardrobe for the scene was completely inappropriate for the hospital," she joked on Instagram in English and Spanish Friday, posing with the doctors who cared for her.

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  • Marianne St-Gelais, Charles Hamelin win World Cup gold

    Olympic medallists Charles Hamelin and Marianne St-Gelais, who are engaged, won their respective finals at the Dresden, Germany, competition. Hamelin won his final in one minute, 25.676 seconds, ahead of Russia's Semen Elistratov, who finished in 1:25.742. Hamelin also shared the podium with fellow Canadian Charle Cournoyer, who won bronze in 1:25.778.

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