• It isn't enough that some are risking the health of other Canadians by refusing to vaccinate their kids against measles; now we're exporting the problem.

    The Canadian Press reports a U.S. health officer has confirmed an American living across the border from Abbotsford, B.C., contracted the disease while on a B.C. visit.

    The Fraser Health Authority declared an outbreak of measles earlier this month following a cluster of cases centred around an Abbotsford Christian school. As of last week, there were 228 confirmed cases, including a student who attends a post-secondary institution in the Vancouver suburb of Burnaby.

    Health officials blamed the outbreak on low rates of immunization among children from religious communities and schools.

    The Washington state resident who contracted the disease is isolated at home, Greg Stern of the Whatcom County Health Department told CP. It was not revealed whether the patient was an adult or child.

    Health authorities in Hamilton, Ont., are also trying

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  • Jesse Pinkman and Walter White cook meth in a scene of 'Breaking Bad.'

    Walter White and Jesse Pinkman would be rolling their eyes at this guy. The cops certainly are.

    Police in Abbotsford, B.C., arrested a man on the weekend for allegedly cooking up a batch of methamphetamine on the barbeque on his apartment balcony.

    Shrimp on the barbie, brats on the barbie. Meth on the barbie?

    Police showed up Saturday night after complaints of a bad smell coming from an apartment and a man yelling at neighbours in what sounded like Russian, CTV News reported.

    "We had smelled the fumes earlier in the day and it was pretty strong [and] closed the windows,” Leslie Pambrun, whose family lives in the suite below, told CTV News.

    “Then I got a heads up from another person that lives here that the cops were coming in and about midnight there was the dog, the cops, and they busted down the door . . . it was pretty crazy."

    When the cops showed up, the 32-year-old man hid in his apartment. Police used a search warrant to enter and arrested him, the Abbotsford News reported.


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  • Think you’d make a better mayor than Rob Ford? So do three fictional characters who promise to drink, do drugs and make a public spectacle of themselves, just not to the extreme set out by Toronto’s current mayor.

    At least three campaign posters have popped up in Toronto recently, promoting fake candidates that make less-than-lofty promises.

    "The current mayor threatens to kill people and gets publicly drunk. If elected, I promise I will just get publicly drunk," vows a billboard promoting Ray Farnazi for mayor.

    Needless to say, there is no such mayoral candidate as Ray Farnazi.

    The campaign is part of an "anyone but Ford" protest by a group called No Ford Nation that is making waves on social media on Monday.

    [ Related: The political genius of Rob Ford’s ‘billion-dollar’ savings claim ]

    Photos of two other campaign posters were also snapped and shared online, with similarly fictional candidates making attainable promises.

    "Elect Jeff McElroy. He promises to just smoke pot as mayor.

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  • Business struggling? Fewer customers using your services? Looking for a solution to a society that is trending away from the niche your company offers?

    The answer is obvious: Bump prices by 37 per cent.

    This and other lessons on how to run a business brought to you by Canada Post, which enacted on Monday a massive increase in the cost of stamps.

    The price of a booklet of "permanent" stamps jumps from 63 cents per stamp to 85 cents this week, as part of a massive restructuring implemented by the mail service to combat a changing marketplace.

    "For $0.85, a customer can have a letter delivered across Canada, the world’s second-largest country, in four business days," states a Canada Post alert. "A letter can be delivered within a province in three business days and within a city in two business days. This requires a costly, complex and customer-focused operation."

    [ More canada News: Dimitri Soudas fired as Conservative Party executive director ]

    A mas dressed as a mailed envelope during a protest against planned cuts to Canada Post.And if you don't buy your stamps in bulk?

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  • A lot of eyes will be on Quebec as the province heads into the last full week of campaigning for the April 7 general election.

    Provincial elections in Canada generally pass unnoticed by people outside the jurisdiction where it's held. There'd be a story when the writ is dropped and another when the results are in.

    Quebec is the exception. Campaigns there are national news and a lot of Canadians collectively hold their breath as votes are tallied.

    That's because no other provincial election potentially can lead to the breakup of the country. It's been that way since the separatist Parti Quebecois first took power in 1976, resulting four years later in a referendum on sovereignty association.

    The party during another stint in government came within a hair's breadth of winning a second sovereignty referendum in 1995.

    So expect plenty of coverage as the minority PQ government tries to salvage its once promising re-election effort. In the mean time, the Liberals under new leader Phillippe

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  • Most of Canada suffered through the bummer part of Daylight Saving Time earlier this month – that day when we lose an hour of sleep and everything is terrible and we’re grouchy for no reason at all.

    That's the cost of Daylight Saving Time, that annual tradition we signed on for in 1918 to save resources during the Great War. That was nearly 100 years ago and the concept of playing with our clocks has been somewhat controversial every since.

    But one British Columbia town seems to have gotten it right, however, though there is now talk of change.

    Creston, a town of 5,000 just north of the U.S. border, has never observed Daylight Saving Time (DST), setting in apart from the rest of the province, nearby Alberta and the large majority of the western world.

    According to Creston government documents, the idea of observing DST has been continually raised over the years with little movement. Now, the government is considering taking the question to a referendum during a local election later

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  • A birther holds up enlarged copies of Obama's supposedly forged birth certificate.You probably don't give your birth certificate much thought.

    It's an important document, to be sure. Just ask Barack Obama, some of whose opponents still don't accept his Hawaiian birth certificate as proof he's American enough to be U.S. president.

    Most of us keep our birth certificates tucked in a drawer or filing cabinet, maybe a safe deposit box at the bank, until we need it for something like getting a passport.

    But if you have a problem with your birth certificate it can strike at the core of your identity.

    Jack MacKay knows all about that. Or should we say Jack Mac Kay, which is what his birth certificate says.

    A simple typographical error has turned MacKay's official life upside down.

    [ Related: White House releases Obama birth certificate ]

    MacKay, who was born in Manitoba but now lives in Surrey, B.C., told CTV News the trouble started when he requested a replacement birth certificate from Manitoba Vital Statistics a couple of years ago.

    When the new certificate arrived, a

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  • Few things are more jealously guarded in the business world than trade secrets.

    Where would Kentucky Fried Chicken be without its 11 secret herbs and spices? And when someone tried to peddle the secret formula for Coca-Cola to Pepsi in 2006, the iconic soft drink's arch rival promptly went to the cops, resulting in three arrests.

    "Competition can sometimes be fierce, but also must be fair and legal," PepsiCo spokesman Dave DeCecco told Fox News at the time. "We're pleased the authorities and the FBI have identified the people responsible for this."

    So when a human rights case involving a Tim Hortons franchisee threatened to reveal the doughnut king's trove of baked-goods recipes, the company's legal team sprang into action.

    An exasperated B.C. Supreme Court judge urged the two sides to work things out themselves, but not before Christopher McHardy, representing Tim Hortons Inc., warned that key elements of the company's business could be compromised, the Globe and Mail reported.


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  • Despite an ongoing scandal involving the cancellation of two Ontario gas plants and an alleged coverup that's shaking, to say the least, the province's Liberal government, it looks like voters are no closer to holding them accountable at the polls.

    While the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario hammers its drums and calls for the end of Premier Kathleen Wynne's government, the third-placed Ontario NDP still doesn’t seem to be in a rush to force an election.

    This is in spite of recently-released court documents which suggest a former chief of staff is being investigated for an alleged breach of trust.

    New information released this week suggests David Livingston, the chief of staff for former premier Dalton McGuinty, in being investigated for allegedly attempting to cover up the ongoing gas plant scandal by allowing an outside tech expert access to 24 government computers in order to clear the hard drives ahead of a leadership transition.

    The revelation inspired fresh attacks from

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  • Police officer Michael Klarenbeek shot at Brampton, Ont. courthouse in stable condition

    Ontario's Special Invesitgations Unit has confirmed a man suspected of shooting a police officer at a Toronto-area courthouse has been shot dead, CP24 reports.

    Peel Region Police officer Const. Michael Klarenbeek was taken to Sunnybrook Hospital shortly after 11 a.m. ET after police responded to reports that a shooting had taken place at the Davis Courthouse in Brampton, Ont. The 53-year-old officer, who was providing security in the courtroom, is now reported to be in stable condition.

    Early reports from the scene were confirmed by people at the courthouse via social media.

    Several witnesses have tweeted from the Brampton, Ont., courthouse that they heard a shooting and that the building was locked down. One lawyer in the building says she was ordered to stay in her office for security reasons.

    Const. Fiona Thivierge says the shooting occurred within the courthouse, but adds that the Special Investigations Unit has been called in and police are not allowed to provide any more

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