• 'It's a really sad case': parents found dead by children after apparent drug overdose

    A couple found dead by their four children in a southwest Calgary home apparently died of a drug overdose — in what a veteran police officer describes as one of the most tragic incidents he has ever witnessed. The couple had four children, ranging in age from four to 14. The man and woman, both in their 30s, died of an apparent drug overdose, said Staff Sgt. Mark Hatchette.

    CBC
  • Firing of ex-Fredericton police officer Cherie Campbell upheld

    The firing of a constable on the Fredericton Police Force after a shoplifting attempt in Maine has been upheld in a ruling from the Court of Queen's Bench. Cherie Campbell was ordered fired in a Jan. 6, 2016, ruling by arbitrator Cedric Haines following a disciplinary hearing. Campbell asked for a judicial review of that decision.

    CBC
  • Quebec doctor under investigation found dead in Montreal hospital

    A Montreal hospital has confirmed the death of a pediatrician who was under investigation for falsely claiming parents had abused their children. "It is with great sadness we are confirming the tragic death of Dr. Alain Sirard," Sainte-Justine Hospital said in a statement Tuesday. Montreal police said the body of a hospital employee was found early in the morning and that they were considering the death a suicide.

    The Canadian Press
  • Climbing property assessments trigger warning letters to 90,000 B.C. homeowners

    Despite a cooling real estate market, many Vancouver-area property owners will see a "significant increase" in the assessed values of their homes, with increases of 30 to 50 per cent for many single family homes, says B.C. Assessment. The valuations, which are used to determine 2017 property taxes, were taken July 1 — before the province announced its foreign buyers tax and sales began to slow. In a preview of 2017 property assessments, BC Assessment said the 30 to 50 per cent increase over the previous July 1 will be typical for single-family homes in Vancouver, the North Shore, Squamish, Burnaby, the Tri-Cities, Richmond, and Surrey.

    CBC
  • 13-month-old baby dies after ingesting morphine pill found in relative’s bedroom

    Tue, Dec 6: Durham Regional Police say the baby boy died after accidentally eating a pill of morphine left on a table. Marianne Dimain reports.

    Global News
  • Former Oklahoma state trooper sentenced to 8 years in prison

    A former Oklahoma state trooper accused of sexually assaulting women during traffic stops was sentenced Tuesday to more than eight years in prison after pleading guilty to lesser charges. Eric Roberts pleaded guilty to several charges, including procuring indecent exposure with an adult, embezzlement and bribery. If he was found guilty on the dismissed charges — which had included sexual battery and rape by instrumentation — Roberts could have faced a near-life prison term, his attorney said.

    The Canadian Press
  • Brian Mulroney predicts 'significant record of achievement' for president-elect Trump

    Former prime minister Brian Mulroney foresees sunny ways ahead for Canada–U.S. relations once president-elect Donald Trump takes office next month. 

    CBC
  • Closure of Trans-Canada forces travellers to hunker down for the night

    Hotels in the town of about 3,000 people, located approximately 270 kilometres west of Winnipeg along the Trans-Canada Highway, are booked solid as roads closed due to poor visibility and snow cover Tuesday morning. "Right now we've been contacted by our Virden detachment that there are quite a few stranded travellers in Virden, mainly coming from the west, from Saskatchewan, not knowing that the highway is closed here in Manitoba," said Rob Cyrenne, a spokesperson for RCMP. Just after 6 p.m. local time, RCMP opened the Trans-Canada between Portage la Prairie and Headingley but stretches of the highway further west remain closed.

    CBC
  • Lasers on a toenail clipping reveal Franklin Expedition diet, cause of death

    New research has shed more light on one of Canada's enduring mysteries — the fate of the Franklin expedition. Scientists used lasers and high-energy beams from the Canadian Light Source in Saskatoon to illuminate the last few months of the doomed 19th-century British voyage to the Northwest Passage. The study, published in the Journal of Archaeological Science, firms up earlier conclusions that the Franklin's 129 crew members didn't die of lead poisoning from canned food.

    The Canadian Press
  • Murder in high school love triangle earns life sentence for B.C. woman

    Monica Sikorski was 17 when she arranged for a 16-year-old classmate to hide in a stand of trees with a rifle and shoot 22-year-old Tyler Myers once she had lured him into a schoolyard in the fall of 2008. An agreed statement of facts outlines how Sikorski, now 25, was romantically involved with the two men at the time. B.C. Supreme Court Justice Sheri Donegan called the crime "inexplicable," saying Sikorski had privileges and opportunities many youths can only dream of and the crime's apparent lack of motive remains baffling.

    The Canadian Press
  • Charges against dead toddler's stepsister dropped

    Charges against Jasmine Bushie, 22, the stepsister of a toddler who died in 2014, have been dropped. Bushie had been accused of manslaughter and failing to provide the necessaries of life in connection with Kierra Elektra Star Williams's death. The 22-year-old's stepfather, Daniel Williams, continues to face charges of manslaughter and failing to provide the necessaries of life, and her mother, Vanessa Bushie, continues to face charges of second-degree murder and failing to provide the necessaries of life.

    CBC
  • Chief apologizes, steps away from missing women portfolio over photo

    Shane Gottfriedson, B.C.'s regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations, said Tuesday he was stepping down as the assembly's point person on the missing and murdered indigenous women portfolio. The picture doesn't reflect his view of women, nor does it reduce his commitment to missing and murdered indigenous women and girls, he added. Hearings are expected to begin early next year to examine the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women.

    The Canadian Press
  • Utah to spend $138,000 to restore famous outlaw's cabin

    Utah state officials are going to spend $138,000 to restore a decaying wood cabin in Piute County that has become a tourist spot because it's believed to be the boyhood home of outlaw Butch Cassidy. The Utah Legislature has authorized $138,000 to disassemble the decrepit cabin outside Circleville and put it back together piece by restored piece, KSL-TV reported (http://bit.ly/2fF0BId ). "It's slowly degrading," said Piute County Commissioner Darin Bushman.

    The Canadian Press
  • Police: 3 kids killed, mother critically injured in shooting

    Critically wounded, an Albuquerque mother struggled in vain to pull her three children to safety after a gunman shot them during a confrontation inside the family's home in what police described Tuesday as a violent and senseless act. Police Chief Gorden Eden confirmed during a news conference Tuesday that the children, who ranged in age from 5 to 9, were killed and that the mother remained in critical but stable condition following Monday night's encounter. Eden said preliminary evidence suggests the family was attacked by George Daniel Wechsler, 45, who was believed to have had a brief relationship with the 36-year-old mother.

    The Canadian Press
  • Is there a 'Trump effect' with Syrian refugees in Canada?

    Metro Morning host Matt Galloway sat down with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and five Syrian refugees last week to discuss the newcomers' first year in Canada. As of Tuesday night, there are nearly 3,000 comments on CBC Toronto's online article. In the wake of last month's election in the United States, racist acts and threats have been reported across that country as well as in Canada.

    CBC
  • Trooper responding to call of erratic driver killed by him

    A recently married rookie state trooper responding to an emergency call about an erratic driver was killed in a violent wreck on a highway when the erratic driver, travelling in the opposite direction, crossed a grassy median and slammed into his marked cruiser head-on, authorities said. The 31-year-old trooper, Frankie Williams, was flown to a hospital in Camden, where he was pronounced dead, state police said. The driver of the other car, 61-year-old Elmer resident Lloyd Rudley, died at the scene.

    The Canadian Press
  • Green River Killer victim may have spent time in Canada

    Authorities hope a facial reconstruction of a girl who was slain by a Seattle-area serial killer will help identify the victim, who tests show may have spent time in several Canadian provinces. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children created the reconstruction of the girl, who was one of Gary Ridgway's victims. Ridgway, known as the Green River Killer, was convicted in 2003 of killing 49 women, but he said he likely committed more than 71 murders.

    The Canadian Press
  • Nova Scotia RCMP puppy Hamer moves on to New Brunswick

    Nova Scotia RCMP took in Hamer and his brother Helo for its police dog service puppy program. The two puppies were matched with an RCMP member interested in becoming a dog hander but Helo died after complications from three surgeries. The public has been able to follow Hamer's progress.

    CBC
  • Toronto neurosurgeon accused of killing his wife was once charged with assaulting her

    The Toronto neurosurgeon charged with first-degree murder in his wife's death was also charged with threatening to kill her in 2005. Shamji was charged with one count of assault and two counts of uttering death threats in May 2005, Ottawa provincial court records show. The complainant in the case was Elana Fric-Shamji, according to a police source connected to the woman's murder investigation in Toronto.

    CBC
  • 'It's like a miracle happened': Moncton family moves out of unsafe apartment

    A Moncton family has found a new home with the community's help after struggling for months to get out of an unsafe apartment with flickering lights, bulging walls and no running water in the bathroom. Sabrina Eatmon and Joseph Garland moved into their Steadman Street apartment with their four children a year-and-a-half ago and said the conditions deteriorated steadily, with their landlord refusing to make any significant repairs. Thirteen parishioners from the First United Baptist Church in Moncton helped the family to move on Monday, after a visit from the fire marshal and bylaw officers, said Garland.

    CBC
  • Rock-loving orangutan causes $220K damage at St. Louis zoo

    A rock-loving orangutan named Rubih went ape on the observation windows of her St. Louis zoo enclosure, forcing nearly $200,000 in repairs and the temporary closure of the exhibit. Zookeepers say the 12-year-old female orangutan repeatedly tapped and banged rocks against four 7-foot-tall windows over several months, causing considerable damage. The windows were replaced in mid-November and the exhibit is expected to open later this month, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2gdARBl ) reports.

    The Canadian Press
  • Warrant issued for mother of Ontario girl who was subject of Amber Alert

    WELLAND, Ont. — Police in Ontario have issued a Canada-wide warrant for a woman they allege abducted her nine-year-old daughter, prompting an Amber Alert over the weekend.

    The Canadian Press
  • Latest Quebec politician is nicknamed Rambo and likes to swear

    Quebec's latest politician goes by the nickname Rambo, loves to liberally sprinkle his comments with swear words, and is not ruling out civil war in the province. Meet Bernard Gauthier. The colourful trade unionist teed off on Quebec's major political parties Tuesday as he announced plans for his populist Citoyens au pouvoir du Quebec to field candidates in all 125 ridings in the 2018 general election.

    The Canadian Press
  • No charges against cops, paramedics in B.C. child welfare case

    No charges will be approved for police officers and paramedics in Delta, B.C., who didn't file a report with the Children's Ministry about a girl whose death prompted change for children in care. British Columbia's criminal justice branch said Tuesday there is no substantial likelihood that the officers or paramedics would be convicted for not reporting the incident involving 17-year-old Paige Gauchier in January 2011. The branch said Gauchier was intoxicated and had a bleeding nose when she walked into a gas station in Delta at 2 a.m. and said she'd been assaulted by six girls.

    The Canadian Press
  • Blizzards end in SE Saskatchewan, digging out continues

    Blizzard-like conditions that knocked southeastern Saskatchewan for a loop on Monday are winding down. In the pre-dawn hours on Tuesday, blizzard warnings had ended but travel was not recommended on many highways around Estevan and Moosomin.

    CBC

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