White House chief of staff Reince Priebus asked top FBI officials to dispute media reports that Donald Trump's campaign advisers were frequently in touch with Russian intelligence agents during the election, according to three White House officials who confirmed the unusual contact with law enforcement involved in a pending investigation. The officials said that Priebus' Feb. 15 request to FBI Director James Comey and Deputy Director Andrew McCabe came as the White House sought to discredit a New York Times report about calls between Russian intelligence officials and people involved with Trump's presidential run.
A man from Airdrie, Alta., has admitted to strangling his common-law wife and burning her body in an abandoned building because he wanted to go drink beer at Boston Pizza with a friend. Duane Redelback pleaded guilty to manslaughter on Thursday in the 2006 death of Ruth Degayo, whose burned body was found in an abandoned building in Exshaw, about 20 kilometres east of Canmore. Nearly a decade after the homicide, Redelback told two undercover officers that he and Degayo had a fight on the night of Jan. 7, 2006, because she wanted to go to the mall and he wanted to have beers with a friend, according to an agreed statement of facts.
A Liberal backbencher who introduced an anti-Islamophobia motion that unanimously passed the Ontario legislature Thursday says, despite all-party support, she has received racist backlash. The motion from Nathalie Des Rosiers called on the legislature to "stand against all forms of hatred, hostility, prejudice, racism and intolerance," rebuke a "growing tide of anti-Muslim rhetoric and sentiments" and condemn all forms of Islamophobia. It passed as the federal government weighs a similar motion that has sparked controversy in the House of Commons and beyond.
The police officer who told RNC Const. Joe Smyth he saved his own life after Smyth killed Don Dunphy says he now regrets the statement. Sgt. Monty Henstridge, who was taking a statement from Smyth the day after the 2015 shooting, told the Dunphy inquiry that he thought the statement was true — but now believes it was not smart.
Justice Theresa Forgeron said the mother arranged to forge the father's signature on an application to change the boy's name. "(The mother) was strategic and manipulative throughout," said Forgeron in a written decision from the Supreme Court Family Division in Sydney, N.S. The ruling said that when the child was born in 2009, he was registered with the surname of his biological father.
Police fired stun grenades, rubber bullets and water cannon Friday as the latest wave of anti-immigrant protests broke out in South Africa's capital, while President Jacob Zuma condemned the violence but said his country's migrant burden is bigger than Europe's. A petition the protesters handed to the foreign ministry, seen by The Associated Press, suggested that the government teach foreigners to speak properly. Resentment against foreigners has sometimes turned deadly in South Africa amid accusations that they take jobs from locals in a country where unemployment is above 25 per cent .
Sometime in the hours after poisoning the half brother of North Korea's leader, one of his two attackers began to vomit, Malaysian police said Friday. It was apparently an early indication of the immensely powerful toxin that was used in the killing: the chemical warfare agent VX. North Korea, a prime suspect in the case, never signed that treaty, and has spent decades developing a complex chemical weapons program that has long worried the international community.
A polarizing American preacher with controversial views on Muslims and the LGBTQ community will headline a Christian festival in Vancouver despite protests from the city's mayor. A spokesman for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Foundation says Rev. Franklin Graham, son of celebrity preacher Billy Graham, will speak at the Festival of Hope in early March. Tim Stevenson says he and Mayor Gregor Robertson met with festival organizers earlier this week, where they raised concerns around public safety.
A man accused of opening fire in a crowded suburban Kansas City bar, killing one man and injuring two others in an attack that some witnesses said was racially motivated, was charged Thursday with murder and attempted murder. Authorities repeatedly declined at a news conference to say whether the shooting was a hate crime although local police said they were working with the FBI to investigate the case. A bartender at Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe, Kansas, said that Adam Purinton used "racial slurs" before he started shooting on Wednesday night as patrons were watching the University of Kansas-TCU basketball game on television.
Officials in Washington state, where recreational marijuana is legal, vow to fight any federal crackdown on the nascent industry after White House spokesman Sean Spicer said they should expect to see stepped-up enforcement of anti-pot laws. Bob Ferguson, attorney general in Washington state, which joined Colorado in 2012 as the first states to legalize recreational use of the drug, said he requested a meeting last week with Attorney General Jeff Sessions about his approach to legal, regulated marijuana. "We will resist any efforts to thwart the will of the voters in Washington," Ferguson said Thursday.
TORONTO — A Canadian admiral mysteriously suspended last month responded Thursday by denying any wrongdoing, with his newly hired lawyer suggesting he's the victim of a "bureaucratic crossfire."
A pit bull attack in northwest Calgary has left a small dog dead and teenage girl traumatized. A 16-year-old girl was walking her small dog, a bichon frise mixed with a shih tzu, at the time. The pit bull grabbed the dog, shook and killed it.
The Society of Rural Physicians of Canada and the College of Family Physicians of Canada have launched a strategy aimed at improving rural health in Canada. It focuses on support for Canadian medical schools as they develop students willing to practice in rural communities. Golden, B.C., doctor and co-chair of the task force, Dr. Trina Larsen Soles, says the plan is vital because recruiting and retaining family physicians in rural areas through financial incentives alone is not enough.
Police, school boards and other key Ottawa institutions are eroding trust within the city's black community because they aren't properly acknowledging the existence of anti-black racism, according to a new report. Thursday's report, called Addressing Anti-Black Racism in Ottawa, was born out of a heavily-attended forum held in August 2016 that was organized by the City for All Women Initiative and the Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership. More than 300 people attended that forum, which was held one month after the death of Somali-Canadian Abdirahman Abdi during an attempted arrest by Ottawa police.
At least two attacks Friday near a Syrian town just captured by Turkish forces and Syrian opposition fighters from the Islamic State group killed more than 60, mostly civilians and including two Turkish soldiers, as the group retreats from one of its last remaining strongholds in northern Syria, Turkey's news agency and Syrian activists said. In a hallmark IS attack, a suicide car bomb went off outside a security office operated by the Syrian opposition in a village eight kilometres (five miles) north of al-Bab, killing 60 people.
The number of Canadians registered to purchase medical marijuana from licensed producers has exploded since the federal commercial-access program was introduced almost four years ago, reaching nearly 130,000 by the end of last year, the most recent Heath Canada figures show. As of Dec. 31, 129,876 Canadians had signed up with the country's cannabis producers, a 32 per cent jump from the 98,460 registered at the end of September and a whopping 1,544 per cent increase from the 7,900 granted access to medicinal cannabis in mid-2014. Dr. John Goodhew, a family practitioner in downtown Toronto who supports the use of therapeutic cannabis for specific conditions, said he's seen a definite uptick in patients seeking prescriptions.
A former stripper who befriended homicide victim Michael Wassill told an Ottawa courtroom Thursday that his alleged killer became increasingly threatening in the days leading up to his death. The woman resumed testifying Thursday, more than one week after saying her relationship with Carson Morin gradually began to sour as he lived off the money she made stripping and arranging marijuana deals.
A University of Calgary study suggests that patient care is suffering from an overuse of computers in hospitals and doctor offices. "You have the attitude already that this is becoming the job and the job is data management," Leslie said Thursday. Leslie said too much computer work for staff could lead to patients feeling neglected and to less communication between doctors, nurses and social workers.
Three federal public service unions are calling on the Liberal government to include a $75-million contingency fund in the coming budget to help address the Phoenix pay system fiasco. The Public Service Alliance of Canada, the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada and the Canadian Association of Professional Employees said Thursday the fund would help ensure workers are paid correctly and on time. Since the government launched its new electronic pay system, more than 82,000 workers have complained of being underpaid, overpaid or not paid at all.
Gloria Najar said it felt like an "apocalypse" when she returned home after being evacuated in a flood that sent waist-high water into homes and streets in San Jose. "It felt like an apocalypse. All that was left was her bicycle, her daughter's childhood tricycle and some family photographs that her now 37-year-old daughter, Katrina Santos, was spreading out to dry.
Between Pembina, on the North Dakota side, and the Manitoba community of Emerson, the landscape is as empty, lonely and silent as a place can get. In the summer of 1986, I didn’t make the exact walk that migrants are making into Canada from the U.S. right now. The difference was it was my home: I was able to walk along the highway, up to the border, safe in the knowledge that there was no way they’d reject me at customs, even if I was down to my last $20, whereas thanks to a quirk of Canadian immigration law, the migrants must travel overland in order to bypass customs and claim refugee status from inside the border.
A class-action lawsuit has been filed with the Quebec Superior Court against the STM for delays and service interruptions. The lawsuit seeks compensation for pass holders who've been inconvenienced by service delays. The principle plaintiff in the lawsuit is Marion Croteau, a Metro user who uses the Blue and Orange lines at least 10 times per week.
The sanctioning of the long-awaited Wabush 3 open pit mine will add a bit of spunk back into a sputtering Labrador West region, according to a pair of local politicians. The Iron Ore Company of Canada said production will begin in 2018, and the life of its Labrador City operation should stretch another dozen years because of the new pit. Labrador West MHA Graham Letto and Labrador City Deputy Mayor Junior Humphries say the announcement is great news for the region, and should bring some confidence back to residents.