A state memorial service will be held in Calgary today for former Alberta premier Jim Prentice, who was killed in a plane crash earlier this month in British Columbia. A wide range of federal and provincial politicians, as well as business colleagues of Prentice, are expected to...Read More »
Police say a 19-year-old Texas A&M University student who rear-ended a squad car told an officer she was taking a topless selfie. Miranda Kay Rader posted $200 bond after she was charged with drunken driving and possessing alcohol as a minor.
Superstar Michael Bublé is building a giant mansion across the street from his old elementary school and it's going to have a wall that is double the size typically allowed in the city.
A Nova Scotia couple has been sentenced to life in prison for the killing and horrific dismemberment of a young Halifax mother who pleaded with them to spare her life. Jason James Johnson and Kelly Amanda MacDonald, who are both in their 30s, pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree murder and interfering with human remains in the death of Catie Miller, 29. Johnson had previously been in a relationship with Miller, according to prosecutor Robert Kennedy.
The age of the waters was first identified by scientists in 2013, reports the National Post, when researchers ran tests in a mine near Timmins, Ont. and discovered that the water had been isolated from the earth’s surface for up to 2.7 billion years. This discovery suggests that the waters may contain organisms that, although not technically alien to Earth, could be similar to what scientists hope to one day find on Mars. The research team, made up of scientists from University of Alberta and McGill University, found that the waters contained far less of the element sulphur than was expected.
It seems like waiting two weeks at a time just for one doctor to get back [to me]," Sharon Ellerington said from her bed at the Brandon Regional Health Centre. Ellerington, 43, was admitted to hospital on Sept. 26 after experiencing severe abdominal pain.
Ninety-eight federal inmates will return home sooner than expected after President Barack Obama commuted their sentences on Thursday, part of a clemency push that has sped up dramatically in Obama's final months. All told, Obama has cut short sentences for 872 inmates, including 688 this year. The figure is higher than the number commuted by the previous 11 presidents combined, and the White House said more commutations were coming before Obama leaves office in January.
After days of police work revealed no leads in the case of the missing backup dancer, it was a 911 caller who helped locate the New Jersey woman who performed with the likes of Beyonce and Rihanna. The caller told police that a woman was wandering in and out of traffic in New York City on Tuesday afternoon, NJ.com reported (http://bit.ly/2eKmPEz). The woman, 32-year-old Shirlene Quigley, was picked up by authorities and admitted to a hospital in New York under a false name she had given.
The world has lost nearly 60 per cent of the global wildlife population since 1970 due to human activity and is on track to lose more than two-thirds by 2020, says the World Wildlife Fund in a shocking report. Canada is faring better than many countries but it has an enormous share of the world's biodiversity and it's falling short of protecting it, says the report by the conservation group. James Snider, vice-president of science at WWF Canada, says the global trends are very drastic. "In Canada the reductions may be not quite as severe and I think that is evidence of the unique role that Canada can play on a global stage, given the vast natural resources and wildlife that we do have," Snider told Yahoo Canada News. "But that is not to say there are not individual concerns here in Canada." This country has about 20 per cent of the world's freshwater supply and one quarter of the world's remaining wetlands. Globally, freshwater wildlife populations have declined 81 per cent over the past four decades. In Canada, seven of eight species of freshwater turtle are at risk, along with freshwater mussels in southern Ontario, Snider points out, along with several species of fish. Yet there is not a consistent monitoring program for freshwater species, he said. This country protects about 1.05 million square kilometres of land and freshwater habitat - covering about 10.6 per cent of the total, according to Environment Canada. It's a big number but falls far short of the 17 per cent target laid out in the international Convention on Biological Diversity, says WWF Canada. Canada is home to 10 per cent of the world's remaining forests, a "global responsibility," Snider said. It also has the longest coastline of any nation on Earth. Around the world, there has been a 36 per cent decline in ocean species since 1970, due mainly to overfishing, habitat loss and climate change. ALSO READ: Researchers say the near total destruction of a massive starfish is changing the ocean off the B.C. coast This country is not immune. Cod stocks off of Newfoundland collapsed three decades ago and today the WWF warns that forage stocks such as capelin, herring and mackerel are in trouble and are not being properly monitored. "Canada has not done a very good job in terms of protecting our oceans," Snider said. About 0.9 per cent of Canadian ocean territory is protected - far short of the 10 per cent target in the international Convention on Biological Diversity. Species such as beluga and North Atlantic right whales ply Canadian waters, Snider points out. "These populations, really kind of majestic species, would benefit from increased levels of marine protection," he said. This country is home to about 70,000 species, 739 of which are deemed at risk by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. The report says habitat loss is the biggest threat, citing the decline in caribou. Once found in 80 per cent of the country, some herds have declined more than 95 per cent. In the Arctic, Canada is already experiencing some of the most dramatic effects of climate change. Even if the nations of the world manage to hold the global temperature increase to between 1.5C and 2C, that will mean between 3.5C and 5C warming in the Arctic. David Miller, president of WWF Canada, said the report is a reminder that people are pushing the planet into dangerous new territory. "We know that here in Canada, our wildlife and their habitats are under increasing pressure from climate change and other human activities," he said in a statement. "We have a unique responsibility to help protect the world's biodiversity."
Thu, Oct 27: A house once owned by Toronto Maple Leafs legend Tim Horton is on the market in Scarborough. Melanie Zettler reports.
West Moberly First Nation Chief Roland Willson has lashed out at Premier Christy Clark and BC Hydro CEO Jessica McDonald in a Facebook post calling them "evil bitches". The West Moberly are one of two First Nations fighting Hydro's Site C dam project in federal court. The post is a photo of a yellow stake planted on the property of Ken and Arlene Boon, two landowners who will have to leave their family home to make way for the megaproject.
The sounds at this biker bar explain why leaders of the Republican party tiptoe gingerly around Donald Trump, avoid criticizing him, and keep wavering back and forth over whether to endorse him. At a rally of bikers for Trump, they roar against Republican elites. ''Paul Ryan, I've got something for you,'' Gabe Carrera says, drawing cheers from fellow bikers as he raises the discourteous digit.
Dean Irvine, director of learning services for Canadian Rockies Public Schools, is accused of peeping into a neighbour's bathroom at night from their yard and recording it. RCMP Sgt. Ryan Currie says evidence of the alleged late-night voyeurism was caught on tape by the complainant's backyard wildlife camera. Irvine is the former principal of the Banff Elementary School and a former director of learning services for the school district.
People who live on Larkhall Street in St. John's say they are worried there's a sexual predator in their neighbourhood. The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary said Thursday it is investigating "suspicious activity" in the area, after reports of a strange man peering through windows and taking pictures of children playing on the street. Alison Blackmore told CBC News that she's been afraid since she saw a man hiding outside her home on Larkhall Street a few weeks ago, watching her through her window.
A 2011 confidential memo written by a longtime Bill Clinton aide during Hillary Clinton's State Department tenure describes overlap between the former president's business ventures and fundraising for the family's charities. The former aide also described free travel and vacations arranged for the Clintons by corporations, reinforcing ethics concerns about the Democratic presidential nominee. The 13-page memo, by Doug Band, was included in hacked emails from the private account of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta that were released by WikiLeaks.
On Tuesday Mike Touchette dumped a truckload of gravel into the gorge in his back lane. "I don't know if it's the worst back lane, but it's sure not the best," Touchette said. The repair job cost about $200 but Touchette said it was worth it to stop the "mud bogging hole" behind his house.
California parole officials were considering Thursday whether Charles "Tex" Watson, the self-described right-hand man of murderous cult leader Charles Manson, should be released from prison 47 years after he helped plan and carry out the slayings of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six other people. The next night, he helped kill grocer Leno LaBianca and his wife Rosemary. Watson was initially sentenced to death in the stabbing and shooting rampage, but the sentence was later commuted to life when the California Supreme Court ruled in 1972 that the death penalty was unconstitutional.
An Ottawa-based online publication has kicked off a new event series highlighting the work of young Muslims they consider change-makers, in partnership with the Ottawa Muslim Association and the Ottawa Youth Centre. Thursday's inaugural session, titled 'What it's like being young, Somali and male in Ottawa' brought together three young men to share their personal experiences about growing up in the capital. Ottawa rapper and poet Kamal Abdulhakim, who goes by the name Cannon2x, was one of the featured speakers at the Muslim Link event.
One of New Brunswick's biggest home builders is now in the tiny homes business. The tiny house has an entertainment centre area with a TV and a small electric fireplace on the wall. Tiny homes, which are built on trailers, have become popular in recent years with the help of a few specialty TV shows.
Cranberry capsules didn't prevent or cure urinary infections in nursing home residents in a study challenging persistent unproven claims to the contrary. The research adds to decades of conflicting evidence on whether cranberries in any form can prevent extremely common bacterial infections, especially in women. Many studies suggesting a benefit were based on weak science, but that hasn't stopped marketers and even some health care providers from recommending cranberry juice or capsules as an inexpensive way to avoid these uncomfortable and potentially risky infections.
Thu, Oct 27: Twenty-two-year-old Erin Gilmour was on the cusp of starting her adult life. She had her own apartment in Yorkville and was just breaking into the fashion industry, but her life was unexpectedly cut short just five days before Christmas in 1983.
Rosa Ruiz returned from a gambling jaunt to San Diego before dawn Saturday and was back on another bus that evening, headed for a desert casino. Ruiz was killed along with 12 others, including the bus driver who also owned the USA Holiday bus. Fatalities involving casino buses have become so frequent that the National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates major crashes, is studying them for common patterns, said Earl Weener, an NTSB board member overseeing the crash probe of the USA Holiday bus.
A man and a woman from Toronto face charges after three teen girls were brought from the Toronto area to work in Ottawa's sex trade, Ottawa police say. Sgt. Jeff LeBlanc of the Ottawa police human trafficking unit said patrol officers got a call from someone concerned about a young woman who may have been in the Centretown area early Monday morning. As they investigated, officers went to a hotel and found "what appeared to be an operation being run out of a few hotel rooms that involved the advertisement and sale of sexual services involving underage females," Leblanc said.
A container ship that was anchored near Prince Rupert since the end of August finally docked in Vancouver on Thursday. Peter Lahay is the national coordinator for the International Transport Workers' Federation.
The 14-second video shows a long, dark, animal walking in tall grass before stopping to look around. "It was a cougar and it was big," said Michele McLaughlin, who captured the video and two pictures with her cellphone.
The executive director of the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute was in P.E.I. Thursday to deliver a talk on assisted dying, and how it affects Catholics. Moira McQueen, a lawyer and theologist, said Catholic teachings are clear, church members are not allowed to end a life. New assisted-dying regulations are being drafted by Parliament and by each individual province, in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling permitting assisted dying.