• Drunk-driving victim lashes out in court at driver who caused him to lose leg

    A sentencing hearing was abruptly halted Wednesday as the victim was led out of court swearing after throwing his hat at the convicted drunk driver who ran into him and caused him to lose a leg below the knee. Robert Drew Shannon was to be sentenced in Fredericton after pleading guilty to operating a vehicle with an excessive blood alcohol level, causing an accident which caused bodily harm. Victim Mike Burden appeared in court for the first time at the hearing.

    CBC
  • '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.

    CBC
  • Teen who sparked Toronto's worst mass shooting sentenced to life in prison

    A man convicted of two counts of second-degree murder in a shootout at a 2012 community barbecue in Toronto was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison with no chance of parole for seven years. Folorunso Owusu, who was 17 years old when he fired a gun sparking pandemonium on Danzig Street, was sentenced as an adult. Two people — 23-year-old Joshua Yasay and 14-year-old Shyanne Charles — died in the shootout, which Toronto police called an "unprecedented" episode of violence that injured more than 20 others, including a 22-month-old child.

    The Canadian Press
  • North Vancouver homeowners fight 361% increase in property assessment — and lose

    The homeowners argued the modest two-bedroom, 744 sq. ft. house, in their family since the 1980s, was reasonably valued at about $1.2-million. In a recent decision, the Property Assessment Appeal Board agreed, and the property's nearly $4.5-million valuation stands. "This happens constantly throughout Metro Vancouver," said Paul Sullivan, a senior partner Burgess Cawley Sullivan, a real estate appraisal and property tax firm that did not work on this case.

    CBC
  • Elderly couple separated after 68 years of marriage, face first Christmas apart

    Roy and Dorothy Vardy have been separated since June after Dorothy — who turns 91 this month — spent five weeks in hospital. Relatives say the separation is taking a toll on the couple as they approach their first Christmas apart, but they are driving Roy Vardy about 190 kilometres back and forth from Clarenville to St. John's once a week.

    The Canadian Press
  • Critics worry after Trump security chief fuels conspiracies

    On issues of national security and intelligence, no one is likely to have more influence in Donald Trump's White House than retired Gen. Michael T. Flynn. "His job is to ensure that the White House is focused at all times on all of the threats that the United States faces abroad," said Julianne Smith, a former deputy national security adviser to Vice-President Joe Biden.

    The Canadian Press
  • OHIP wouldn't cover surgery to save teen from blindness

    Aidan, a student at Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute in Toronto, first noticed bouts of blurry vision toward the end of the last school year, particularly when trying to read his teachers' writing at the front of the class. Ophthalmology specialists told the family they were confident they could prevent Aidan from going blind from keratoconus with two surgical procedures: corneal cross-linking (to strengthen the corneal fibres weakened by the disease) and attaching corneal implants called Intacs (plastic inserts placed under the eye's surface to help reshape the cornea).

    CBC
  • 3 men face charges after teen's body found north of Morley

    Calgary police have three men in custody in relation to a homicide which took place over the weekend. 

    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
  • 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
  • Standing Rock leader tells protest camp it's time to go home

    An Indigenous leader in North Dakota has told people who have been staying in a massive camp set up months ago to oppose a contentious pipeline that it's time to pack up and go home. Standing Rock Sioux Tribe chair Dave Archambault made the request on Tuesday, just days after the U.S. federal government ruled against construction of the Dakota Access pipeline, which would cross the Missouri River just north of the reservation. The camp — called Oceti Sakowin — has become the base to a coalition of Indigenous activists, American veterans and even Hollywood celebrities who are vehemently opposed to the $3.8 billion pipeline.

    CBC
  • Police in Washington find 'angry dog' wearing pants in park

    It’s not something police officers routinely come across. A dog wearing clothes.

    Yahoo Canada News
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Brain-injured woman denied legal aid calls her ordeal 'frighteningly unfair'

    A Medicine Hat woman's legal battle is raising questions about whether people with disabilities are being fairly represented in court. A brain injury left Judy Gayton with cognitive problems and difficulty regulating her emotions. It also made her complex medical malpractice suit — which took years to get to trial — even more complicated.

    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
  • 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
  • Witness: No remorse from Smith's evil-sounding shooter

    The man who killed New Orleans Saints star Will Smith during a traffic dispute sounded "evil" and showed no remorse as he shouted taunts at the slain man's body, a witness to the shooting testified Wednesday. Rebecca Dooley and her husband were riding along with Smith and his wife when a Hummer driven by Cardell Hayes slammed into the back of Smith's SUV that Saturday night in April. Defence attorneys have said Hayes, 29, was fearful when he exited his Hummer, armed with a handgun, and he and a passenger faced Smith and Dooley's husband, Richard Hernandez.

    The Canadian Press
  • NDP Leader John Horgan not convinced by Alberta premier's Kinder Morgan sales job

    B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan said he was not convinced by Alberta Premier Rachel Notley's pitch to support the twinning of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline. The Alberta premier has done a number of media interviews in an attempt to convince British Columbians the project that was approved last week by the federal government is beneficial to the West Coast. "Rachel Notley has to support the best interests of Alberta.

    CBC
  • Lasers on a thumbnail 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
  • 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
  • Pallister urges Ottawa to slow down on legalized pot

    Premier Brian Pallister says the federal government has to be careful with the health and safety of Canadians when it comes to legalizing pot, and he wants Ottawa to slow down. Pallister describes legalization as one of the most complicated policy issues facing governments, listing a series of concerns he has about the coming changes. "This is a challenge every province is going to face," Pallister said.

    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. Dr. Mohammed 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 was Elana Fric-Shamji, according to a police source connected to the current murder investigation in Toronto.

    CBC

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