A caretaker at an assisted living centre who police say was filmed performing a sexually provocative dance on a 100-year-old resident was doing it as a prank and trying to make the man feel good, her attorney said. Brittany Fultz, 26, pleaded not guilty to gross sexual imposition Tuesday. Investigators said the man has dementia, but Fultz's attorney said the resident could have told her to stop but didn't.
A Crown prosecutor says an Edmonton man accused of murdering two co-workers and wounding others during a "stabbing spree" at a grocery warehouse in 2014 planned to kill anyone he could find. Jayme Pasieka, 32, faces 10 charges including first-degree murder and attempted murder. Prosecutor Kim Goddard told the jury that the Crown intends to prove that Pasieka, dressed all in black with a knife in each hand, randomly slashed and stabbed workers as he walked through a huge Loblaws complex on Feb. 28, 2014.
An Iranian woman threatened with expulsion from Canada was arrested Tuesday because authorities feared she was a flight risk. Roghayeh Azizi Mirmahaleh, 60, is set to be deported to Iran on Feb. 28 after she was denied refugee status because of her ties with an organization deemed by Canada several years to be terrorist. The organization no longer appears on Canada's blacklist.
A Fredericton homeowner frustrated when a plow operator dumped a load of snow at the end of his driveway succumbed to shovel rage, city officials say — chasing the loader up his suburban street, shovel swinging. "The homeowner was not happy," said Mike Walker, the city's manager of roadway operations, who told a city committee this week about the Feb. 13 incident. The plow passed by, clearing the roadway but leaving a heavy windrow as the man shovelled his driveway, Walker said in an interview Wednesday.
A man who took part in two random and violent sex attacks — one of which left a victim clinging to life on the bank of a river — wept in court Wednesday as he apologized. "I feel really bad, really frickin' bad for what I did," the man told his sentencing hearing. The defence is seeking a sentence of seven years, minus 3 1/2 years for the time he has spent in custody.
Romanian children adopted from overcrowded orphanages in the 1990s were more likely to suffer psychological problems as adults compared to other children taken in by British families, according to a decades-long study. "These kids came to the U.K. in desperate conditions, very malnourished and very stunted in growth," said Edmund Sonuga-Barke of the Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London, the study's lead author. The researchers tracked more than 160 Romanian infants to 3-year-olds adopted by British families in the 1990s.
In Orange County, California, dozens of immigrant parents have signed legal documents authorizing friends and relatives to pick up their children from school and access their bank accounts to pay their bills in the event they are arrested by immigration agents. In Philadelphia, immigrants are carrying around wallet-size "Know Your Rights" guides in Spanish and English that explain what to do if they're rounded up.
Enderby City Council is proposing a new bylaw which would greatly restrict the sale of both medicinal and recreational marijuana and make it nearly impossible for new pot businesses to set up shop. Under the proposed rules, retail marijuana sales would not be allowed with 100 metres of residential areas, schools, daycares, playgrounds, community centres, parks, civic buildings or churches, limits that apply to virtually all areas of the small community of 3,000. "With the unknown future of marijuana in Canada, we thought that we should put together a framework for people," said Greg McCune, the city's mayor.
Conservative MPs are stoking a wave of anti-Muslim sentiment by raising unfounded fears about a motion calling on the House of Commons to condemn Islamophobia, a Canadian Muslim leader said Tuesday. Samer Majzoub, president of the Canadian Muslim Forum, told a news conference that the Conservatives are trying to "delegitimize" and "degrade" the Liberal motion by presenting an alternative motion of their own that condemns all forms of racism, intolerance and discrimination against Muslims, Jews, Christians, Sikhs, Hindus and other religious groups — without mentioning the word Islamophobia. Majzoub said Muslim Canadians are increasingly suffering prejudice and acts of hatred — including a deadly shooting spree at a Quebec mosque last month that left six worshippers dead — and that the problem can't be tackled until it's recognized for what it is: Islamophobia.
Steve Bayers, his son Ben and his friend Adam Inch were building a snow fort in Lawrencetown on Saturday when the roof suddenly caved in, pinning the man's arms and legs underneath him. Bayers said the two boys were just feet away from him, screaming in the pitch black, but he couldn't move under the weight of the snow to help them. He told the two 13-year-old boys not to panic and to keep breathing. Bayers said it seemed impossible to get out until his five-year-old golden retriever, Zoose, began digging him out of the snow.
Canada's promise to resettle hundreds of Yazidis by the end of the year is being welcomed in Iraq, where Yazidi women and girls have endured horrific abuse and persecution at the hands of ISIL. UN officials recently interviewed the 23-year-old about going to Canada and she's hoping she and her young son will be among the 1,200 Yazidis and other ISIL survivors accepted by the Liberal government. "We wish to go and live in Canada because here our situation is not good in general," she said through a translator on Wednesday.
Toronto police say they are investigating not only an anti-Muslim rally that took place on the doorstep of a downtown mosque nearly a week ago, but allegations of hate speech inside the mosque as well. More than a dozen people converged on Masjid Toronto last Friday, calling for a ban on Islam as Muslims prayed inside. After a formal complaint was filed Tuesday, the rally is under investigation by the hate crime unit, corporate communications director Mark Pugash confirmed to CBC Toronto.
For the first time, astronomers have discovered seven Earth-size planets orbiting a single nearby star — and these new worlds could hold life. This cluster of planets is less than 40 light-years away in the constellation Aquarius, according to NASA and the Belgian-led research team who announced the discovery Wednesday. The planets circle tightly around a dim dwarf star called Trappist-1, barely the size of Jupiter.
It will be up to Nova Scotia teachers to decide whether they participate in extracurricular activities as they adjust to a contract imposed on them through legislation, Education Minister Karen Casey said Wednesday. Casey said the province's 9,300 public school teachers are in a transition period now that their work-to-rule job action was halted by a contract imposed Tuesday by the Liberal government, which ended a 16-month contract dispute. Casey said she thinks many teachers want to get back to helping with extracurricular activities, but it will be up to them to decide whether to volunteer their time for activities that are not part of the contract.
The North's response came a day after Malaysian police said they were seeking two more North Koreans, including the second secretary of North Korea's embassy in Kuala Lumpur, in connection with the Feb. 13 killing of Kim Jong Nam at a Malaysian airport. Malaysia police have not directly pinpointed North Korea as being behind the death of Kim Jong Nam, but have already arrested a North Korean man working at a Malaysian company along with three other Southeast Asian people.
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Newfoundland and Labrador's Liberal government is slicing 287 management jobs from its civil service as part of a wider effort to contain a deficit currently projected to be close to $1.6 billion. Premier Dwight Ball, who promised to avoid layoffs during the 2015 election campaign, said it's a difficult decision but the province's dire finances demand a "flatter, leaner" government. Ball said he didn't realize how serious Newfoundland and Labrador's fiscal situation was during the campaign.
The owner of one of 14 dogs that died from heat stroke and dehydration at a boarding kennel says her family is relieved that a charge has been laid. Dawn Loessin says pet owners had braced themselves after being told that the chance of a charge "was slim to none" because animal protection laws are vague in Canada and Saskatchewan. Police said the charge followed an investigation done with the Saskatoon SPCA into the deaths last September at the Playful Paws Pet Centre.
Zika hasn't gone away, but as the mosquito-borne virus has faded from the headlines, travellers seem less concerned about it than they were last year. Another reason Zika headlines have faded is because mosquitoes are less prevalent in late fall and winter, but "we're entering into the phase where the season might be picking up," said Bryan Lewis, a research associate professor at Virginia Tech's Biocomplexity Institute.
Vancouver Park Board chair Michael Wiebe says the Vancouver Aquarium's announced return of its beluga whale program was a surprise to trustees. Wiebe says he is disappointed the aquarium made the announcement before a March 8 special park board meeting to explore staff recommendations on the board's options for dealing with the aquarium's retention of cetaceans. "Park board did change a bylaw … to no longer bring in wild cetaceans.
A new case study is reminding doctors of the dangers of opioid shopping — where addicted patients jump from doctor to doctor in search of drugs. The case was revealed during the College of Physicians and Surgeons' routine review of prescribing patterns on the PharmaNet database.
Transgender students on Wednesday lost federal protections that allowed them to use school bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identities, as the Trump administration stepped into a long-simmering national debate. The administration came down on the side of states' rights, lifting Obama-era federal guidelines that had been characterized by Republicans as an example of overreach. Without the Obama directive, it will be up to states and school districts to interpret federal anti-discrimination law and determine whether students should have access to restrooms in accordance with their expressed gender identity and not just their biological sex.
A Winnipeg councillor says the motion he plans to table on Tuesday will be a first step in preventing another tragedy on board a Winnipeg bus like the city saw last week. On Feb. 14, Irvine Jubal Fraser was stabbed to death on the job after finishing his route at the University of Manitoba. "All Winnipeggers have been terribly affected by this tragic event with respect to the loss of Mr. Fraser's life," said Coun.