France's top administrative court on Friday overturned a ban on burkinis in a Mediterranean beach resort, effectively meaning that towns can no longer issue bans on the swimsuits that have divided the country and brought world attention to its fraught relationship with Muslims. The ruling by the Council of State specifically concerns a ban on the Muslim garment in the Riviera town of Villeneuve-Loubet, but the binding decision is expected to impact all the 30 or so French resort municipalities that have issued similar decrees. The bans grew increasingly controversial as images circulated online of some Muslim women being ordered to remove body-concealing garments on French Riviera beaches.
Up until a few days ago, business was "absolutely terrible" at John McMillan's little fish and chips shop in Lethbridge, Alta. "I had a few drinks the night before and I was feeling like some grease," Colin Ross told the Calgary Eyeopener on Friday.
A mother was enjoying a family boat trip across Lake Powell when she heard a scream and splash. Chelsey Russell, a 35-year-old mother of two from Lakewood, Colorado, jumped in to rescue her son. Officials with Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, which encompasses the 186-mile-long lake along the Utah-Arizona border, said the boy was in stable condition and flown to a hospital about 200 miles away in Flagstaff, Arizona, as a precaution.
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Former Canadian Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who served in office from 2006 to 2015, announced on Friday he was leaving Parliament, and he appears set for a career in the private sector. Harper, 57, quit as Conservative leader after losing an election last October to the Liberals of Justin Trudeau. Although Harper did not say what he would be doing next, he and two close aides established a consulting business in late 2015. In May, a source told Reuters that several companies had asked Harper to sit on their boards. ...
Almost five minutes of screaming broke the usually quiet Scarborough neighbourhood Thursday afternoon before a deathly silence settled over the Lawndale Road home where three people were pronounced dead from crossbow injuries once paramedics arrived. A source with knowledge of the investigation said it's believed all three victims — two men and a woman — are related, but police haven't yet revealed their identities. Brett Ryan, 35, has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder and was scheduled to appear in court this morning.
A woman who wrote on Facebook that "Mommy loves you, my angel" after her 3-year-old daughter was found dead in a ravine in a neighbouring suburb was convicted Friday of killing her by a jury that deliberated for four days. Adrienne Williams, 37, was found guilty of third-degree murder, evidence tampering and abuse of a corpse in the death of Adrionna Williams. Prosecutors contend the Wilkinsburg woman asphyxiated Adrionna before leaving the girl's body in a wooded area of Swissvale in June 2015.
Fri, Aug 26: Sarah Bolt of Whitby, Ont. says she got a surprise when her bank froze her account without warning. As Sean O'Shea reports, the decision tied up her child support.
A woman who fell 35 feet to her death from a zip line platform had disconnected herself from the safety system, the attraction's operator said Thursday. Delaware State Police investigators are investigating how Tina Werner tumbled off the platform at the Go Ape Tree Top Adventure attraction in Lums Pond State Park on Wednesday. Participants at Go Ape courses are equipped with climbing harnesses and two sets of ropes with carabiners that they unclip and clip to safety wires in sequence as they move through the trees.
A Vancouver couple is suing BC Women's Hospital, saying they were robbed during the birth of their child. The lawsuit states that Erin Gilmore and her partner showed up at women's hospital — ready for their baby to be born. The claim states a nurse told her partner, Nelson Borges, to put all their belongings in a locker.
Bob Stamp is fed up with early morning banging and clanging by his house, and it finally led to a confrontation. The Mount Pearl man says waste management company GFL makes a racket emptying a garbage bin near his house as early as four in the morning — three hours earlier than the city's noise bylaw allows — a few days a week. It's been happening for three years, he said, and he's not getting any help from Mount Pearl's municipal enforcement officers.
A police officer who knocked on the door of a suspected drunk driver six years ago violated the man's charter rights, so he must be found "not guilty," Saskatchewan's highest court says. The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal recently ruled on the case of John Scott Rogers, who was acquitted of impaired driving at provincial court but was later ordered to stand trial again. A provincial court judge initially said knocking on someone's door while looking for evidence can be considered an unconstitutional search, violating charter-protected privacy rights, so the evidence had to be thrown out.
To say it's been a full house at Ciera Kozak's place this week would be an understatement. On Wednesday, she took possession of eleven sugar gliders she says were abandoned by their owner at Edmonton International Airport, because they didn't have the proper paperwork to be put on a flight. Since then, the owner has contacted the airline, Kozak and Alberta SPCA, saying he wants the animals back.
Community Forest International is taking the winning plans from its sustainable cabin competition and building an affordable, off the grid tiny home in the woods of South Branch. Shamus Griffith is the group's green builder in residence and he's responsible for putting the plans into action.
With five roundabouts now in the capital city — not all of them yet operational — the push is on for drivers to educate themselves on how to navigate them. As simple as roundabouts are supposed to be, some motorists are still having trouble figuring them out, like the driver who tried to back out of the newest roundabout near the Paul Reynolds Community Centre in Wedgewood Park. Danny Breen said the city is trying to let drivers know about the rules of roundabouts, by placing ads in the paper and creating an interactive feature on its website.
In the advertisement, a parade of tattooed motorcyclists rumbles onto the driveway of a freshly sold home to hand the horrified new owner his leather vest. Welcome to the Satan's Undertakers!
Brazilian police charged American swimmer Ryan Lochte on Thursday with filing a false robbery report over an incident during the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. A police statement said Lochte would be informed in the United States so he could decide whether to introduce a defence in Brazil. The indictment will also be sent to the International Olympic Committee's ethics commission, it said.
Ron Gidwitz, Dan Webb and William Kunkler are veteran Republicans — and friends — from Chicago's political money circuit. Gidwitz is hosting fundraisers for Donald Trump. Webb wrote a big check for Hillary Clinton.
An Island man says he had an unnerving experience after an object broke the outer pane of glass on his flight from Charlottetown to Montreal.
Most people won't think of the SkyTrain as the most romantic spot in Vancouver, but for some, Cupid's arrow hits them where they least expect it.
Parks Canada is warning anyone on the trails in Banff to carry bear spray after a number of tourists were followed up the popular Johnston Canyon trail Tuesday night by a grizzly. "It's unusual to have a bear use that trail [because] it's very, very busy," Parks Canada conservation manager Bill Hunt told CBC News. Hunt says about 20 people had to scramble to get out of the animal's way, and not one was carrying bear spray.
John Russell Mercer was one of 27 men arrested last year in a sting Cape Breton Regional Police dubbed Operation John Be Gone. The operation was aimed at cracking down on men searching for prostitutes in Sydney's downtown core. Mercer complained that amounted to a public shaming. Mercer claimed he'd never used a prostitute before, and said his wife and friends found out about his arrest through word of mouth following the news conference.
A new report concludes the widespread destruction of homes in the Fort McMurray wildfire was largely preventable. "The total number of homes lost at Fort McMurray would have been far fewer if there had been more widespread adoption of FireSmart risk-reduction practices by homeowners," according to the report by the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction. FireSmart Canada is a national program that promotes measures to reduce wildfire risk.
With a record deficit approaching $11 billion, Premier Rachel Notley for the first time Friday said her government may have to "re-calibrate" its plan to deal with the worst economic downturn the province has seen in 30 years. Notley said without the Fort McMurray wildfire in May her government's budget projections would have been "in place." But fire-related costs to cover everything from abandoned vehicles to counselling support for residents forced to leave their homes, has swelled the projected deficit by an extra $500 million. Wildrose Leader Brian Jean said Notley's talk about switching courses runs contrary to the message delivered by Finance Minister Joe Ceci earlier this week, and does little to to calm jitters in the business community.
Cabin owners in Yellowknife are questioning why water levels on and around Walsh Lake have dropped so drastically this summer. Mike Dove bought a cabin on Walsh Lake, about 16 kilometres outside Yellowknife, seven years ago.
RCMP on P.E.I. have been conducting traffic safety blitzes this week, with a focus on motorcycle noise, but they were surprised that they did not find cause to lay any charges. RCMP were busy Wednesday and Thursday on patrols on the roads coming into Charlottetown during the morning commute hours. RCMP noted on Thursday morning they stopped and checked 13 motorcycles.
When the woman asked the man what he was doing, police say he pointed the replica handgun at her. RCMP subsequently arrested a 27-year-old man and charged him with assault with a weapon and using a firearm in the commission of an offence. Replica handguns are prohibited in Canada and they cannot be sold or given to an individual.