OTTAWA — Patrick Brown has been disqualified from the federal Conservative leadership race, after ballots have already begun to be mailed out, and his campaign is fighting back against what it calls anonymous allegations. "This is reprehensible, undemocratic behaviour that breaks faith with hundreds of thousands of Canadians that embraced Patrick Brown's vision of a modern, inclusive Conservative party," his campaign said in a written statement early Wednesday morning. "This is an indictment of
HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. — It was 10:17 a.m. on the Fourth of July, central daylight time, when Shelly Sella's cellphone rang. She remembers the time precisely. What she heard — it was her daughter, Lauren — she will never forget. "Screaming: 'There's a shooter, there's a shooter, you gotta come get us, you gotta come get us,'" Sella recalled. "There's no mother on planet Earth, I don't care how old your child is, that wants to get that call." Lauren and her friend Amanda Levy, who was visiting from
The stormy pattern continues across the Prairies. Earlier this week the region was under tornado watches and warnings. On Wednesday, the storms will be scattered in nature.
OTTAWA — Patrick Brown has been disqualified from the race to replace Erin O'Toole as leader of the federal Conservatives, the leadership election organizing committee announced late Tuesday. Ian Brodie, the chair of the committee, announced the stunning move in a written statement that said the party had in recent weeks become aware of "serious allegations of wrongdoing" by the Brown campaign. The allegations are related to the financing rules in the Canada Elections Act, Brodie said, but provi
HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. — Residents cheered and applauded prosecutors and police Tuesday as the alleged perpetrator of a deadly Fourth of July shooting rampage in a Chicago suburb was charged with seven counts of first-degree murder. The accused gunman, 21-year-old Robert E. Crimo III, faces the prospect of life in prison with no chance of parole, as well as "dozens" more likely charges, said Lake County state's attorney Eric Rinehart. Another round of whoops and cheers went up as Rinehart told a ne
A round of photogenic severe thunderstorms hit Alberta and Saskatchewan on Tuesday, bringing large hail and tornado warnings to southern parts of the provinces.
WHITEHORSE — Wildfires are breaking out across Yukon as lightning pummels the territory and a heat wave wears on, a fire information officer says. Mike Fancie of Yukon Wildland Fire Management says about 20 fires a day have been sparked beginning on the long weekend, bringing the total this year to 155 wildfires that have burned 45,000 hectares. Fancie described the proportion of fires caused by lightning as "stupendously high" at 97 per cent, compared with about 70 per cent in a typical year wi
VANCOUVER — An emergency resolution before the Assembly of First Nations annual meeting to reaffirm the suspension of National Chief RoseAnne Archibald has failed in Vancouver. The resolution says Archibald disclosed confidential information about the complaints against her by the organization's staff, compromising the integrity of the assembly’s complaint process. The vote needed the support of 60 per cent of eligible delegates for approval, but the resolution was defeated, with the tally to co
Severe storms prompted tornado watches across parts of southern Alberta and southwestern Saskatchewan Tuesday afternoon. Prepare to take shelter when severe weather strikes and monitor the forecast closely through the rest of today.
Ottawa police say they "met the challenges" of the busy Canada Day long weekend, which featured the first in-person celebrations since the pandemic began alongside protests. City officials promised a robust police presence and zero tolerance for those breaking bylaws or causing disturbances as they planned for the return of anti-government and anti-COVID-19-mandate protesters. A march and gathering at the National War Memorial Thursday evening drew a large crowd of over 1,000 people, but protest
MONTREAL — A crime victims advocacy group expressed concern on Tuesday after a Quebec man was granted a conditional discharge in a sexual assault case, in part because the judge felt a conviction could damage the man's career. Marie-Christine Villeneuve of Crime Victims Assistance Centres says she worries the light sentence may be discouraging to victims and make them reluctant to report sexual assaults. "If you're a victim seeing this kind of decision, it's possible that you could be more fearf
MONTREAL — Summer camp season in Quebec has been cut short for hundreds of children who have been sent home due to COVID-19 outbreaks, only a few days after the start to some of the province's overnight camps. Outbreaks, mostly among counsellors, have shut down at least three overnight camps across the province, Éric Beauchemin, with an association representing Quebec summer camps, said Tuesday. "People were getting infected one after the other and before losing 25 of them, parents were asked to
SAANICH, B.C. — An officer who was injured in a deadly shootout outside a bank in Saanich, B.C., last week remains in intensive care after three surgeries. Saanich Chief Const. Dean Duthie told a news conference that the officer, who has eight years of service with the department, has been showing signs of “improvement day by day." Three Saanich officers and three from the Victoria Police Department, all members of the emergency response team, were injured in the gunfight with two heavily armed
OTTAWA — Canada's Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly says she won't shake the hand of her Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov at a G20 meeting in Bali, Indonesia, this week. She told The Canadian Press she plans to instead take aim at the Russian foreign minister's falsehoods about the invasion of Ukraine. "I will confront him with facts and expose Russia's narrative for what it is: lies and disinformation," she said in a written reply to questions. In March, Joly joined many others in walking
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Chris Williams, born in Missouri but raised in Waterloo, Ont., is a driving force in the rise of Netflix Animation projects, with his film The Sea Beast landing on the streaming platform Friday, July 8.
The City of Toronto is urging its contractors to bring back security personnel who were forced out of a job, after new requirements stipulated they must be clean-shaved to accommodate a masking mandate.
OTTAWA — The Crown is seeking to revoke bail for Tamara Lich, a leader of the “Freedom Convoy,” after she appeared alongside a fellow organizer in an alleged breach of her conditions. Lich was charged in February with mischief, obstructing police, counselling others to commit mischief and intimidation for her role in the massive protest against COVID-19 restrictions that gridlocked downtown Ottawa for more than three weeks. She was released the next month with a long list of conditions, includin
OTTAWA — Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne says the convergence of Canada's automotive and mining sectors is working to lure more companies to Canada to make electric cars and the batteries that power them. Over eight weeks last spring, automakers and battery companies announced more than $13 billion in new investments in the electric vehicle manufacturing sphere in Canada, including batteries and their components, buses and electric cars. Those announcements included retooling or
OTTAWA — The Canadian soldier charged with speaking against federal vaccine mandates while wearing his uniform and who recently led a march to Ottawa is now facing a court martial. Warrant Officer James Topp's lawyer says the army reservist was recently notified that he will be allowed to have his case heard in a military court instead of by his chain of command. Phillip Millar says the decision represents a second about-face after the military initially offered his client a court martial, only
OTTAWA — Canada has become the first country to ratify Sweden and Finland's request to join NATO, bringing the two countries closer to full membership. The Prime Minister's Office says Justin Trudeau met with Finland's president, Sauli Niinistö, and Sweden's prime minister, Magdalena Andersson, at the NATO Summit last week. In a statement, Trudeau says Canada champions the alliance's open door policy for any European country in a position to "advance the commitments and obligations of membership
Scientists are raising the alarm about the potential environmental and health impacts from future space launches.
OTTAWA — Canada is about to toss more than half of its doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine because it couldn't find any takers for it either in or outside of Canada. A statement from Health Canada says 13.6 million doses of the vaccine expired in the spring and will be thrown out. A year ago Canada said it would donate almost 18 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to lower-income countries. As of June 22, almost nine million doses were delivered to 21 different nations. But Hea
It’s been a long COVID-19 hiatus for The Amazing Race Canada but the show is finally back with Season 8 (premiering July 5 at 9:00 p.m. ET on CTV, CTV.ca and the CTV app), with host Jon Montgomery teasing that this year’s teams are “super competitive.”