• Suspect Justin Bourque is pictured in a photo tweeted by the RCMP on Wed. June 4, 2014Suspect Justin Bourque is pictured in a photo tweeted by the RCMP on Wed. June 4, 2014

    Compounding the horrific events that struck Moncton, N.B., on Wednesday evening and continue to shake the community through Thursday is the niggling fear that, just maybe, we should have seen it coming.

    Three Mounties were killed and two others were injured when a heavily-armed suspect went on a rampage in the city of 70,000 people. Photos of the suspect show a young man dressed in camouflage, carrying two large firearms, a crossbow and at least one knife.

    New Brunswick RCMP has identified the suspect as 24-year-old Justin Bourque. But even as the suspect remained out of the grasp of authorities, a clearer picture has emerged about who he was and that an attack may have been predictable.

    [ Full Coverage: Gunman in Moncton, N.B. kills three RCMP officers ]

    At least two people who know Bourque have come out and said they saw warning signs. A close friend told Business Insider that the last time they hung out, Bourque was acting strangely and told him to have a good life. A woman who had

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  • Another serious allegation was leveled against Toronto Mayor Rob Ford on Wednesday, and this one didn't involve drugs, alcohol or a single vulgar comment.

    A Globe and Mail report suggested the mayor and his brother may have used their positions at Toronto City Hall for personal gain, specifically the gain of the family company, Deco Labels and Tags.

    But after months of endless scandals, most of which have featured far more visceral details than these hints of backroom dealings can possibly provide, is there anyone still listening? Or could allegations of an abuse of power do more to hurt Ford's re-election chances than any drunken stupor possibly could?

    According to the Globe, a former Deco executive has come forward and confirmed that Ford and his brother, Coun. Doug Ford, held negotiations with a major printing company that would secure the company a significant amount of work with the city of Toronto, while at the same time working to secure the Ford family company a more

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  • If Canada were Syria, an equivalent to the entire population of Sudbury, Ont., would have been killed amid a tense and violent civil war.

    If that doesn't shock you, then you've never been to Sudbury. It's not a small town.

    The northern Ontario city is home to 160,000 hard-working folks, a number that happens to match the number of people killed in Syria over the past three years, as the country suffers through a humanitarian crisis second only to Rwanda.

    How big? Consider this: If Canada were Syria, the 9.3 million Canadians living in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Markham, Ont., and the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland would have been forced to flee their homes and seek temporary shelter in other provinces, or other countries.

    If Canada were Syria, that is.

    This crisis has displaced the equivalent of three major Canadian cities and four eastern provinces. I think it takes a special kind of heartlessness to think we are doing enough by
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  • Investigators from B.C.'s Conservation Officers Service still don't know how a rotting, mutilated black bear carcass ended up in a North Vancouver park within metres of a children's camp.

    Nor is it clear whether the animal was a victim of the lucrative international traffic in bear parts.

    Sadly, seeing bears in this state is not an uncommon occurrence in a region where the big city merges almost seamlessly with the West Coast's mountainous wilderness.

    "It's not unusual to receive a complaint like this," Sgt. Todd Hunter of the service's Metro Vancouver zone tells Yahoo Canada News.

    The bear's remains were found last week in Capilano River Regional Park. The animal's skull was removed from the head and the claws were torn out of its paws, Hunter said. The bear's abdomen had also been cut open, though the carcass was too badly decomposed to determine if organs had been removed.

    "It's definitely human-influenced, with the removal of the parts and the incision to the abdominal cavity," he

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  • Newfoundland and Labrador has as love/hate relationship with its moose population, though it is mostly hate when that relationship centres on streets and highways.

    There are hundreds of collisions each year involving moose in the province, and an uncounted number of near-misses. Which is probably why it makes sense for those of us behind the wheel to go out of our way to avoid the hulking brutes.

    Newfoundland and Labrador's Department of Transportation and Works warns the public to keep an eye open for moose near the highway, and slow down when one is nearby.

    Drivers are also told to give moose the right of way, and wait for it to cross the highway before starting their driving again.

    Though common sense told most of us that years ago.

    A provincial conservation expert said this week that residents should give moose the right of way when traffic and animal inevitably cross paths.

    John Blake, director of the province's Department of Environment and Conservation, says as construction

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  • Vancouver drivers may already know this, but the beautiful British Columbia city has downright terrible traffic congestion.

    The frequent topic of curses and conversation was reinforced in a public study released on Tuesday, which found that Vancouver had the most congested roadways in Canada, and was one of the most congested cities in the world.

    The TomTom Global Traffic Index determined that the average Vancouverite experiences 87 hours of delay time per year, based on a 30-minute commute. The average drive takes 35 per cent longer than it would if the road was empty.

    Toronto is Canada's second most congested city and sees 83 hours of delays every year.

    This is the fourth annual traffic index released by navigation company TomTom; the findings are based anonymous data gleaned from thousands of customers.

    Vancouver's traffic is not just terrible from a Canadian perspective. It is also terrible on an international level, ranking fifth in the Americas behind only Rio de Janeiro, Mexico

    Read More »from Vancouver slowly working to get rid of world-class terrible traffic congestion
  • B.C. teachers are in their second week of rotating strikes as their contract stalemate with the Liberal government shows no sign of movement, so some fed up students are sending a message of their own by staging their own walkout.

    Two Metro Vancouver high school students are using social media in an ambitious plan for students across the province to walk out of class at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning and protest outside their schools.

    "The students in British Columbia have been put in the middle of the labour dispute between the BCTF [B.C. Teachers' Federation] and the Government for our entire schooling," organizers Victoria Barker and Mackenzie Timko say on their Save Our Students Facebook page. "For some of us, that means our entire thirteen years of education. The two sides are like parents who are divorcing and have stuck their children in the middle for the last thirteen years.

    "Each side claims to be 'fighting for the students' yet each side fails to show how they are doing so."


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  • Sheds used to store hunting equipment, and occasional shelter for homeless Nunavummiuts.Sheds used to store hunting equipment, and occasional shelter for homeless Nunavummiuts.

    A northern Canadian territory known for the hardscrabble living conditions of its people isn't as bad off as believed, if the results of a homeless count can be trusted.

    Unfortunately for Nunavut, and its 34,000 residents, it's more than likely that the count can't be trusted, or more specifically doesn't tell the whole story.

    Nunatsiaq Online reports that Jeannie Ugyuk, minister of family services, told the legislative assembly on Monday that the survey discovered there were a total of 98 homeless people.

    Fewer than 100 homeless people? In Nunavut, a territory wrought with poverty, economic hardship and joblessness?

    According to Ugyuk, 57 people were found in Iqaluit homeless shelters and 15 others living in various desperate locations. Elsewhere in the territory, there were 11 people using shelters and 15 living in places not meant as housing.

    Those numbers may be correct, but it is also unlikely they capture the essence of the territory's situation.

    A Statistics Canada survey

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  • A mock "missing persons" poster with a picture of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is seen in Toronto, May 7, 2014. (Reuters)A mock "missing persons" poster with a picture of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is seen in Toronto, May 7, 2014. (Reuters)

    Rob Ford's declared Canada Day return to Toronto and the city's mayoral election campaign after weeks of treatment at a lakeside rehabilitation facility has plenty of upside.

    For one, he'll be back in Toronto just in time to be seen shaking hands and waving at city events marking the patriotic holiday. For another, it leaves him with almost exactly four months to shore up his support base before the Oct. 27 election.

    A third, and surely coincidental, benefit to his June 30 return to Toronto is that Rob Ford will miss the city's World Pride Festival by a matter of hours.

    Toronto is set to become the first North American city to host the international event when the festivities begin on June 20.

    [ Related: Don't worry, Rob Ford - World Pride organizers probably don't want you anyway ]

    The nine-day event will culminate with a Pride parade down Yonge Street on June 29. Organizers say it will be the largest Pride Parade Canada has ever seen. Just not for Rob Ford, who won't see it at all.

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  • Sex workers attend a protest demonstration in Paris Dec. 4, 2013. (Reuters)Sex workers attend a protest demonstration in Paris Dec. 4, 2013. (Reuters)

    Back in December, when the Supreme Court ruled Canada's prostitution laws unconstitutional, the Conservative government wasn't thrilled.

    They've managed to find a silver lining, however: Today, the government is tabling a report that says the preferred set of replacement prostitution laws looks exactly like the old set of prostitution laws.

    A public survey detailing what the public apparently wants to see in the country's prostitution rules is to be entered onto the record in Ottawa on Monday, but the details have already been widely reported.

    [ Related: Supreme Court strikes down anti-prostitution laws ]

    According to CTV News, the Justice Department survey found that 56 per cent of respondents feel that purchasing sexual services should be illegal. And 62 per cent of respondents felt that profiting from the prostitution of an adult - by being a pimp or body guard, for example - should be illegal.

    But 66 per cent said it should not be a criminal offence to sell sexual services.


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