• 2012 inductees announced for Canada's Walk of Fame

    Bryan Adams receives his Walk of Fame star in Toronto. (Courtesy Canada's Walk of Fame)Canada's Walk of Fame announced its 2012 inductees, as picked by 30,000 Canadians from over 135 countries.

    This year's inductees, who will receive their tribute at a ceremony at Toronto's Ed Mirvish Theatre on September 22 are:

    - Randy Bachman, legendary guitarist, songwriter and original Guess Who band member. 

    - Phil Hartman, gifted comedian and Saturday Night Live cast member.  

    - Russ Jackson, one of the greatest quarterbacks in Canadian Football League history. 

    - Sarah McLachlan, JUNO and Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter.

    - Sonia Rodriguez, National Ballet of Canada Principal Dancer.

    - Team Canada 1972, winner of the Summit Series in hockey against the Soviet Union and one of the most important sporting events in Canada's history.

    Canadian hockey heroes among latest Walk of Fame inducteesFor the first time ever an entire team will be inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame. The 1972 members of Team Canada are among the 2012 inductees which include Phil Hartman and Randy

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  • Luka Rocco Magnotta has pleaded not guilty to the multiple charges against him, including first-degree murder, in the death and dismemberment of 33 year old Chinese student Jun Lin.

    Magnotta appeared via teleconference at the Montreal courthouse, Tuesday afternoon, just one day after being extradited from Germany.

    According to the Canadian Press, he stood impassive, in a brown shirt, flanked by a guard at a police station in a different part of the city.

    Magnotta's interrogationInterview with Montreal police Cmdr. Ian Lafrenière on the detention of accused killer Luca Magnotta

    Magnotta's attorney, Pierre Panaccio, is expected to request a psychiatric evaluation for Magnotta on Thursday. According to prosecutors, a psych evaluation process could take up to thirty days.

    The 29 year old Scarborough, Ontario native is the prime suspect in the grisly killing of Lin some time in May.  Police believe Magnotta dismembered Lin's body, sending the hands and feet to political parties in Ottawa and

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  • Canadians get a secret thrill when others mention their country. A laudatory reference by an American president, a high ranking in some global list about how wonderful Canada is as a place to live.

    But there was probably a collective pursing of lips Monday when Canada found itself lumped in with North Korea, Syria, Sudan and Zimbabwe as a violator of human rights.

    The slap came from Navi Pillay, United Nations high commissioner for human rights, in a long speech in Geneva. It's the latest in a spate of adverse references from UN agencies.

    One paragraph in Pillay's address criticized recent Quebec legislation restricting gatherings of more than 50 people without a permit, aimed at curbing months of Montreal street protests over plans to raise post-secondary tuition fees.

    "Moves to restrict freedom of assembly in many parts of the world are alarming," she said, according to a Canadian Press report. "In the context of student protests, I am disappointed by the new legislation passed in

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  • It's looking more and more like two young Quebec women found dead in their room at a Thai resorts were the victims of accidental poisoning.

    The question remains what exactly killed Noemi and Audrey Belanger of Pohénégamook, northeast of Quebec City?

    Their bodies were discovered Thursday night in their locked room on Phi Phi Island, near Phuket, off the Thai coast.

    Britain's Mail Online reported a doctor who did the initial examination of their bodies suspects the source of the poisoning may have been a meal that could have included poisonous mushrooms or an extremely toxic part of the blowfish.

    Police said there was no evidence of a struggle in their rooms or on their bodies. There were signs of vomiting and the women had lesions on their bodies, as well as bleeding gums and blue fingernails and toenails, which suggest poisoning.

    "We are waiting for the post-mortem examination of the victims' inner organs to see if there are any traces of toxic substances," Pol Col Thaksin told the

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  • Rodney King smiles during a discussion for his book "The Riot Within: My Journey from Rebellion to Redemption" at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on the campus of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles in this April 21, 2012 file photo. King, whose police brutality case in 1991 led to deadly riots in Los Angeles, was found dead in a swimming pool on June 17, 2012 in Rialto, California, police told CNN. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok/FilesIt was a tragic end to a troubled but important life.

    Rodney King, the man who became an unwitting catalyst for civil rights during the LA race riots in 1992, was found dead at the bottom of his swimming pool Sunday in Rialto, California. He was 47.

    Though toxicology reports will take six to eight weeks, preliminary reports state King had been drinking and possibly smoking dope before his death.

    Back in 1991, long before the advent of reality TV, the then-25-year-old construction worker was thrust into the international spotlight via a video that showed four LA police officers brutally beating him.

    The video also captured another group of officers standing by and watching as their colleagues repeatedly struck a defenseless King with their batons.

    The bystander that happened to catch a portion of the beating on camera released the footage to media. As it beamed into homes around the world, the footage created public outrage in the U.S. and shone a light on racially motivated police

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  • One dead, one injured in Toronto’s Little Italy after midday shooting

    One person is dead following a brazen shooting in Toronto's Little Italy as fans gathered to watch Italy play Ireland in a Euro Cup soccer match.

    Toronto police say shots were fired at around 3:30 in the afternoon at the Sicilian Cafe near College St. and Ossington Ave. A second person was rushed to hospital with abdominal injuries sustained in the shooting.

    According to the Globe and Mail, a total of five shots were fired. Police have closed off part of the street to investigate.

    Police have released a description of the suspect who is believed to have fled the scene on foot wearing a white construction helmet, an orange safety vest and a white filter mask. The male suspect is described as being six-feet tall, having a medium build and blond hair.

    Nearby Montrose Junior Public School and Delta Alternative Senior were placed in hold-and-secure following the gunfire, but that was lifted after about 45 minutes.

    Italy won the match 2-0 to qualify for the quarterfinals of Euro Cup 2012.

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  • U.S. border agents assist the Canadian Border Agency with Travis Baumgartner at the Aldergrove/Lynden border crossing in Aldergrove British Columbia, June 16, 2012. U.S. border agents in Washington state on Saturday arrested the Canadian fugitive suspected of shooting to death three fellow security guards and wounding a fourth in a bloody armoured car heist at the University of Alberta in Edmonton on June 15. REUTERS/Carmine Marinelli/QMI/Handout (CRIME LAW) NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. CANADA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CANADAWhile Edmonton police piece together the sequence of events that left three armoured-car employees dead and one seriously wounded, a look into the past reveals big heists aimed at armoured cars or their facilities are often inside jobs.

    Travis Baumgartner, the 21-year-old suspect in last Friday's deadly ATM robbery on the University of Alberta campus, remains in an RCMP cell in Langley, southeast of Vancouver on Monday. Baumgartner was snared Saturday night by U.S. border guards as he tried to enter the United States. Baumgartner faces three counts of first-degree murder and one of attempted murder.

    G4S Cash Solutions Canada guards Michelle Shegelski, 26, Eddie Rejano, 39, and Brian Ilesic, 35, were shot dead at the university's HUB Mall early Friday morning as they were replenishing an ATM. Another guard, Matthew Schuman, is in critical condition in hospital but improving, the Edmonton Journal reported.

    When Baumgartner was arrested, U.S. border officials said he was found with

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  • Mental health and obesity: some doctors are calling it a "double epidemic."

    And while not all obese individuals suffer from mental illness, ignoring the connection between the two is what's keeping Canadians from winning the war on obesity, experts say.

    Sharon Kirkey of Postmedia News reported on the connection:

    "Depression, anxiety, sleep disorders, attention deficit disorders, post traumatic stress, addictions — all can cause changes in appetite, energy and metabolism that can prime people to gain weight. What's more, antidepressants, mood stabilizers and newer generation anti-psychotics — drugs Canadians are being prescribed in record numbers — can themselves cause rapid and dramatic weight gain," Kirkey wrote.

    She claims that the "eat less, move more" mantra is hardly helpful to those suffering from mental health issues in this country.

    "We absolutely have not looked at this issue at all," says Dr. Valerie Taylor, chief psychiatrist at Toronto's Women's College Hospital.

    "This is

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  • Luka Magnotta on flight back to Canada with police escort

    A police car carrying Luka Rocco Magnotta, the "Canadian Pyscho" accused of the murder and dismemberment of a Chinese national studying in Montreal, in Berlin on June 5.Accused killer Luka Magnotta is on a flight back to Canada from Berlin, Germany, escorted by Montreal police according to news reports.

    A spokesman for Berlin's prosecutor's office believes Magnotta will be extradited today to Canada.

    But Martin Steltner says he could not yet confirm it.

    Authorities would also not confirm a CBC report that said Magnotta was already aboard a Royal Canadian Air Force plane en route to Canada.

    Magnotta was arrested in a Berlin Internet cafe on June 6 and was being held under guard while Canadian authorities applied to have him extradited.

    Magnotta is suspected of dismembering Chinese university student Jun Lin and mailing his body parts across the country, as well as videotaping the incident.

    [ Related: Teacher fired for showing alleged Magnotta video to students ]

    - With files from The Canadian Press.

    More to come.

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  • Thom Yorke performs with Radiohead at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California April 14, 2012.It was the last thing any Toronto Radiohead fan expected as they headed toward Downsview Park.

    Mid-afternoon, the stage where the British band was set to perform Saturday night collapsed, killing Radiohead's drum technician and injuring several others.

    The show was immediately canceled and many took to Twitter, Facebook and news forums to express their shock and condolences to the family of Scott Johnson.

    On Sunday, the band released a statement saying they were "shattered" over the death of 33-year-old drum tech, while many are asking how something like this could have happened at such a high profile event.

    Radiohead mourns drum techA British drum technician for the band Radiohead was killed in Saturday's deadly stage collapse in Toronto's Downsview Park

    A similar question was asked last July after a stage collapsed at the Ottawa Bluesfest during a Cheap Trick set, injuring eight.

    According to an industry expert, the answer is clear.

    Janet Sellery, a Stratford-based safety consultant

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