Just a few weeks ago, Elizabeth Wettlaufer gave away her beloved dog, Nashville, a spry Jack Russell terrier. On Tuesday, Wettlaufer was charged with eight counts of first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of seniors in her care — seven of them at a nursing home just a 15-minute walk from her apartment in Woodstock, Ont. Wettlaufer would often join their tight little group as they sat on the grass outside the apartment when the weather was nice, chatting the night away, Gilbert said.
How can that be in a facility like this?" said one retirement home resident who, like several others who spoke with CBC, didn't want to be identified. Caressant Care operates six facilities in southwestern Ontario. Hours earlier, Ontario Provinal Police announced that former Caressant employee Elizabeth Tracy Mae Wettlaufer, 49, has been charged with eight counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of eight nursing home patients, including one at the Meadow Park facility in London, a 30-minute drive southwest of Woodstock.
Hundreds of passengers were stranded at Vancouver International Airport today, scrambling for flights after their British Airways plane to London made an emergency landing late Monday night. British Airways is investigating, the airport hasn't commented, and neither has the union representing flight attendants, which says it's still trying to figure out what happened. Here are five questions about the emergency landing of Flight 286.
Protesters turned their backs and some people fired angry questions towards Justin Trudeau at a youth labour forum Tuesday in Ottawa. The prime minister voiced some frustration, but thanked the crowd for "challenging" him.
The grieving mother of a 23-year-old woman who died after falling out of a party bus says she's heartbroken that criminal charges won't be laid in the case. Vancouver police said Tuesday that a malfunctioning door was a main factor in the death of Chelsea James. The owner and driver have been fined under the Motor Vehicle Act, but there is no offence in the Criminal Code to charge them with, police said.
Johnson, 38, was charged with the first-degree murder of Jonathan Vetter, who was stabbed to death in his sleep at her home. On Tuesday, Court of Queen's Bench Judge Neil Gabrielson told the court Johnson suffered from schizophrenia and she was hallucinating when she slashed the boy's throat.
Alberta Education has shut down a private Christian school in Cold Lake following an audit that found questionable spending and conflicts of interest. Trinity Christian School Association, which received more than $5.6 million in Alberta Education funding for the current school year, has lost its registration and accreditation effective immediately, the government announced Tuesday. An audit found that public funding from Trinity Christian School Association was directed to a third party, Wisdom Home Schooling Society, even though Wisdom had "no relationship" with Alberta Education.
A 47-year-old Calgary man died Sunday after he was injured on a Shell worksite near Fox Creek. Occupational Health and Safety says the incident occurred around 5:45 p.m. when workers were pumping water to another site. "The pump started revving and when workers went to investigate, a hose on the pump let go and hit one of the workers," said Lauren Welsh, a spokeswoman for Alberta Labour.
The afternoon Colten Boushie was killed, police say Gerald Stanley was at home with his son Sheldon when the two heard an SUV drive into his Saskatchewan farmyard. Sheldon Stanley said he heard the family's quad start up. None of the information has been tested in court and Gerald Stanley, who has been charged with second-degree murder, has pleaded not guilty.
A motorist who veered off Memorial Drive east of downtown and struck a large tree has died from his injuries, police say. The Volkswagen sedan appeared to be travelling normally in an eastbound lane when, according to witnesses, the driver suddenly went off the road near the Bridgeland-Memorial C-Train station, said Det. The man, believed to be in his 70s, had to be extracted from the vehicle, which hit the tree with such force that the tree toppled on top of the car.
These are the world’s most lawless countries, according to the World Justice Project’s Rule of Law index. The index judges how the rule of law is experienced by members of the public in everyday situations in 113 countries and jurisdictions. It measures a number of indicators, including constraints on government power, levels of corruption, security, open government and criminal justice, to consider how laws are used and enforced. The WJP uses the testimonies of local residents and legal experts to compile their data - the aim being to accurately collate the experiences of the general population, including marginalised groups. Denmark was found to be the most lawful country, demonstrating the strongest adherence to the rule of law, and the UK was tenth. In the most lawless countries, the report found that criminal activity goes unchecked, laws are not applied equally, corruption is apparent, and foreign investment does not reach the people who needed it. These are the ten countries where the rule of law was applied the least effectively.
A third African country, Gambia, says it will leave the International Criminal Court as fears grow of a mass pullout from the body that pursues some of the world's worst atrocities. The move comes after South Africa, once a strong ICC supporter under former President Nelson Mandela, notified the United Nations secretary-general it would leave the court. Only Africans have been charged in the six ICC cases that are ongoing or about to begin, though preliminary ICC investigations have opened elsewhere.
Two workers have been injured in a rock slide in Yoho National Park that has closed the Trans-Canada Highway for an extended period. RCMP say the slide happened Monday west of Field, B.C., and that traffic has been stopped in both directions. Parks Canada says in a news release the slide occurred at a rock scaling site, a process that industry websites describe as the removal of loose rock from a slope.
Former Windsor Spitfire Ben Johnson has been sentenced to three years in prison for a sexual assault conviction. Johnson will be listed with the sex offender registry for 20 years. Johnson's lawyer Patrick Ducharme said an appeal of the conviction will most likely be filed on Wednesday.
A Montreal-area school board has been ordered to pay $15,000 to a student who had a corrosive substance poured over his head in a chemistry class. The boy was 15 years old in February 2015 when a friend of his sprinkled some sodium hydroxide into his hair as a joke. The judge's ruling said the chemical product reached his brain.
Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock got a little salty Tuesday when a reporter, referencing Don Cherry, took aim at the team's goaltending. Facing the assertion that the goaltending has been an issue in Toronto for a number of years, Babcock pointed out the season was just five games old and that he had been in charge of the team for a little over a season. Well now that I know where I'm getting my facts from, here we go," the coach said.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faced off with a room of angry protesters today who were venting their frustrations over everything from pipelines to the failed federal payroll system. Some of the participants turned their backs on Trudeau in protest during the "armchair discussion" event at the Canadian Labour Congress National Young Workers Summit in Ottawa.
A large number of out-of-work Muskrat Falls employees have flown out of Happy Valley-Goose Bay since Saturday when a group of protesters walked onto the main site and began inhabiting some of the project's living quarters. Neither Astaldi nor Nalcor have confirmed the exact amount, but workers have told CBC news at least 1400 people have been sent home. "It's frustrating, I guess," Dean Pittman told CBC's Labrador Morning while waiting for a flight home to the Northern Peninsula.
Fir-resin producer Gérald Charbonneau learned that the hard way when he opened his garage recently to find about 1,000 pounds of his product had been stolen. "I opened the door and then closed it again to make sure I saw it right," Charbonneau said. The resin is collected drop-by-drop from balsam fir trees.
Alberta's premier will tour Fort McMurray Wednesday, nearly six months since the massive wildfire devastated the northern Alberta city. Rachel Notley will meet with students, school counsellors, first responders and residents working to rebuild their lives after the disaster. During her visit, Notley is scheduled to have breakfast with firefighters, tour Westwood Community High School, and meet the owners of a home in the north-end neighbourhood of Timberlea that was destroyed by fire, but is being rebuilt.
By: Terri Coles A Conservative MP’s request that Prime Minister Trudeau send “an adult” to negotiate the Canada-EU trade deal in Europe is being criticized as sexist by journalists and other politicians. During Monday’s question period in Parliament, Gerry Ritz (Battlefords-Lloydminster) criticized Freeland for leaving Europe and reportedly becoming emotional after walking away from negotiations aimed at bringing a region of Belgium on board with a Canadian-European Union free trade deal. The world witnessed Freeland’s “meltdown,” Ritz told Parliament. Freeland fought back tears on Friday while talking to media about her disappointment that the deal had not been finalized. “Since the trade minister is incapable or unwilling to do her job and ratify this vital trade deal, will the prime minister grab some adult supervision, get on a plane, go back over to Brussels and get this job done?” Ritz said in Parliament. “I think suggesting that there should be a grown-up leading that trade mission is a disservice,” Nancy Peckford, spokesperson for advocacy group Equal Voice, told Yahoo Canada News. Freeland’s passion showed that she cares about the deal, known as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), and her job, Peckford said, and there should be room for more than one approach to politics in Canada. “For women to become more involved in politics I think we have to create space for a variety of different styles,” she said. “Minister Freeland is clearly extremely committed to doing her job and doing it well. You can critique the details of the agreement, you can critique the timelines — those are legitimate areas for discussion. But going beyond that and becoming very personal in terms of the minister doing this job is not really called for in this instance.” Freeland responded to Ritz by defending both her decision to walk away from negotiations and her emotional response in doing so. “As for my visible emotion, I do take this deal very personally,” Freeland said. “I’m all in for Canada when I am at the negotiating table. I was disappointed and sad but also tough and strong. I think those are the qualities Canadians expect in their minister.” Ritz’s comments were met with criticism online from others in Parliament, journalists, and political commentators. Several said his comments were sexist and underestimated Freeland’s abilities. “I know Freeland a little bit - having worked w her years ago and interviewed her re her book. Suggestion she is ‘weak’ is laughable,” tweeted Postmedia columnist Michael Den Tandt. The issue came up again in Parliament during Tuesday’s question period, where Ritz said that the Liberals should send the Prime Minister himself in order to get the trade deal done. Freeland replied that she was surprised to hear Ritz say her party should send an adult to get the job done as they were all adults. “If the Conservatives really support CETA, maybe they should be adults and get behind us,” Freeland countered Ritz.
A teenager who was beaten, sexually assaulted and forced into a Winnipeg river told her attacker Tuesday she continues to suffer the physical and emotional pain of an attack that almost claimed her life. The girl, who cannot be identified under a court order, wrote a one-page victim impact statement for the sentencing hearing of Justin Hudson, 22, who pleaded guilty last December to two counts of aggravated sexual assault.
Friends and neighbours of Elizabeth Wettlaufer are in in disbelief as they learn the Woodstock, Ont., woman has been charged with killing eight elderly people at the nursing homes where she worked as a registered nurse. People who know Wettlaufer describe her as a friendly, unassuming woman. Known as Beth around the apartment complex, Wettlaufer lived alone with her small dog, Nashville.
Some people in a small Saskatchewan community say they are disgusted and disappointed after a beaver was beaten to death with a chair. Residents say surveillance video from a bakery in Wolesley showed four men leaving a bar on Friday and going after the rodent. Resident Joselyn Linnell says the beaver had been hanging out around the village for about a year.
Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop made 40 saves and lost two teeth Tuesday night. Bishop was dazed by a Peter Holland wrist shot late with 6:40 in the second period of Tampa's 7-3 win over the Maple Leafs. The hard shot went through the legs of defenceman Andrej Sustr and hit Bishop in the mask, jarring his two front teeth — both crowns — loose.