The woman who was viciously beaten while working at a youth home northeast of Edmonton has had hours of surgery and faces a long road to recovery. Heather Vanderzee, 63, was working alone at the Elk Island Child and Youth Ranch facility on Feb. 4 when she was attacked. In an exclusive interview with CTV Edmonton, Vanderzee says she can't remember the attack, or being taken to hospital, or the names of the boys who attacked her.
A criminal defence lawyer who has raised concerns in the past about safety at a Calgary jail says people shouldn't be happy that a convicted murderer in a high-profile case was beaten there. Douglas Garland was sentenced Friday to spend the rest of his life behind bars for killing Alvin and Kathy Liknes and five-year-old Nathan O'Brien in 2014. Hours after the sentencing, Calgary police said a 57-year-old inmate at the Calgary Remand Centre suffered serious injuries and was taken to hospital after being assaulted by several other inmates.
Thousands of demonstrators turned out Monday across the U.S. to challenge Donald Trump in a Presidents Day protest dubbed Not My President's Day. The protests on the federal holiday didn't draw nearly as many people as the million-plus who thronged the streets following the Republican president's inauguration a month earlier, but the message was similar. Thousands of flag-waving protesters lined up outside Central Park in Manhattan.
Five people were believed killed when a light plane crashed in flames into a shopping mall on Tuesday in the Australian city of Melbourne, officials said. The five were on a twin-engine Beechcraft Super King Air that crashed about 45 minutes before the Direct Factory Outlet mall in suburban Essendon was to open, Police Minister Lisa Neville said. The U.S. Embassy in Canberra would not comment on a report that the passengers were U.S. citizens, but said it was working with local authorities.
AIRDRIE, Alta. — Residents of a community just north of Calgary attended a candlelight vigil Monday evening to show their support for the family of a six-year-old boy who died in hospital after he and his brother fell through the ice on a canal earlier that day.
On a stop in Sherbrooke, Que., during his January cross-country tour, Trudeau insisted on speaking only in French, even in response to questions asked in English from the province's anglophone minority. A Montreal-based anglophone ad vocacy group, which sent a critical letter to the prime minister about the town hall, received a formal apology from Trudeau on Feb. 14 and published his letter on its website Monday. "As for the Sherbrooke town hall, I would like to express my sincere regrets," read the letter, written in English and signed by Trudeau.
NEW YORK — Six teenagers have fallen through ice into an off-limits pond in New York's Central Park but have been rescued.
The Transportation Safety Board warned air travellers of the importance of wearing seatbelts as it released a report Monday that found a failure to buckle up left 21 people injured when a Toronto-bound flight hit severe turbulence in December 2015. The incident took place on an Air Canada flight travelling from Shanghai to Toronto when the Boeing 777 hit severe turbulence over Alaska. "Most of the passengers who were physically injured were aware that they were required to wear their seatbelts, but chose not to," the TSB said.
Teen suicide attempts in the U.S. declined after same-sex marriage became legal and the biggest impact was among gay, lesbian and bisexual kids, a study found. The research found declines in states that passed laws allowing gays to marry before the Supreme Court made it legal nationwide. The results don't prove there's a connection, but researchers said policymakers should be aware of the measures' potential benefits for youth mental health.
The City of Victoria is taking action against illegally moored boats in the Gorge waterway after limited success in persuading occupants to move voluntarily. City clerk Chris Coates told On the Island host Gregor Craigie that notices are being served to about 15 boats anchored in the tidal inlet that connects Victoria Harbour to Portage Inlet. The notices advise boat owners of city plans to seek an injunction to enforce zoning regulations that prohibit long-term moorage.
Work is expected to start in the fall on a new entrance for Vendome metro station and the STM is holding public consultations about the project starting Tuesday. The $76.5 million project would add a new, accessible entrance building to the station as well as a pedestrian corridor linking the station to the commuter train platforms and the McGill University Health Centre. Public consultations are planned for Feb. 21 and March 8.
Canadian Griffon helicopters flew near Erbil in Northern Iraq on Monday. Special forces troops are shifting focus to anti-ISIL operations outside the strategic city of Mosul.
A gang member who was recently freed from jail killed his cousin and stole his car Monday then shot and killed a California police officer and wounded his partner before being wounded himself, authorities said. Whittier Officer Keith Lane Boyer died and Officer Patrick Hazell was wounded when they answered a report of a traffic accident in the eastern Los Angeles County suburb. "When they get him out of the car, they go to pat him down for weapons, they can see he's got tattoos all over his face and all over his neck," county sheriff's Lt. John Corina said.
The death toll has risen to 15 from a bus crash in the Philippines, officials said Tuesday, and could climb further as many of the nearly 50 others who were hurt in the accident are in serious condition. Most of the dead and injured were college students on the way to a camping trip on Monday when the brakes on their chartered bus apparently failed on a steep downhill road. The students, mostly taking computer courses, were less than 30 minutes from their destination when the crash occurred, he said.
Canadian special forces have shifted their operations in northern Iraq to put pressure on ISIL in places outside the strategic city of Mosul — including along the border with Syria. The objective: To figure out the good guys from the bad so Iraqi military forces and coalition aircraft can attack. High atop a rocky hilltop Monday, two Canadian soldiers sat in a makeshift bunker located more than a kilometre behind the frontline between Kurdish forces and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
North Korea's ambassador to Malaysia denounced the country's investigation into the death of the exiled half brother of North Korea's ruler, calling it politically motivated and demanding a joint probe amid increasingly bitter exchanges between the once-friendly nations. Malaysia responded with its own accusations, with a foreign ministry statement saying the ambassador's comments were "culled from delusions, lies and half-truths." Earlier Monday, Malaysia said it was recalling its ambassador to Pyongyang. The diplomatic spat comes in the wake of the death last week of Kim Jong Nam, who died after apparently being poisoned in the Kuala Lumpur airport.
So many people want to be Donald Trump this Carnival season in Austria that some costume shops have run out of wigs mimicking the U.S. president's memorable hairstyle. Shop owner Manuela Plank, recognizing a business opportunity, went to work making her own toupees a la Trump. Plank thought she was ready to meet demand with the 10 Trump wigs she had stocked for Austria's pre-Lenten season of balls and other masked events.
Russia's ambassador to the United Nations who died suddenly after falling ill at his office at Russia's U.N. mission is being remembered by his diplomatic colleagues as a powerful and passionate voice for his nation. Vitaly Churkin was taken to a hospital, where he died Monday, according to Russia's deputy U.N. ambassador, Vladimir Safronkov. Churkin had been Russia's envoy at the United Nations since 2006.
Fierce fighting is raging in the historic Iraqi city of Mosul, which has been under the control of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant for more than two years. — Mosul is a city in northern Iraq, located about 400 km north of Baghdad. — Historically, Mosul was a centre of trade on the Silk Road and a centre for manufacturing, including weaving.
Prince Edward Island is pushing back against New Brunswick's claims to being the place where Confederation began. The claim comes, in part, from the efforts of Arthur Hamilton-Gordon, the lieutenant-governor of New Brunswick in the 1860s, who came up with the idea of a meeting to explore a union. While Island MP Wayne Easter is willing to share some credit for the party planning, he isn't backing down on which province can claim to be the true birthplace of Confederation.
The amount of commercially-catchable shrimp in the Zone 6 area has reached the lowest level in recorded history, according to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. The Zone 6 stock will gain the "critical" designation, according to Katherine Skanes, a biologist with DFO in Newfoundland and Labrador. The female spawning stock declined by 27 per cent for the region, which covers much of the northeast coast of Newfoundland and southern Labrador.
The national think-tank, which provides annual test scores for schools across Ontario, released its findings this month. Most schools in Windsor-Essex showed improvement, but Massey scored highest locally with 8.2 out of 10 to finish 50th out of 740 schools in the province. When the institute released its report on elementary schools in December, Bellewood Public School scored top marks for the area with a 9.3 — good enough for 35th place out of 2,900 schools across the province.
It looks like cyclists will get their wish: a path that runs north-south from downtown through Old Montreal and on to the Lachine Canal. The bike path is still in the planning stages, and slated to be completed in four or five years' time. Richard Bergeron, head of urban planning on the city's executive committee, said it will run along the new Robert-Bourrassa Boulevard, in a lane that will be designated for buses coming from the South Shore until 2020-21, when the proposed light rail train goes into service.
Halifax resident Angus Lethbridge said he went a week without getting mail after the latest snowstorms to hit the Maritimes. "We actually saw the mailman crawling up on his hands and knees to get to the mailbox," Lethbridge said. Tim Blizzard, director of operations for Canada Post in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, said mail carriers do their best to resume delivery as soon as conditions improve.