Mpho Tutu-Van Furth, the daughter of Desmond Tutu, speaks to CBC Toronto's Dwight Drummond. Desmond Tutu was honoured with the Luminary Award in Toronto Saturday night
A young woman stranded for hours after scaling a construction crane in the middle of the night is a thrill seeker, a friend said Thursday. Marisa Lazo, 23, appeared in court Thursday to face six counts of mischief by interfering with property. "When I saw it, I knew that it was maybe not the best decision, obviously, maybe some logic was not playing into place," Burton said outside court.
Arkansas executed its fourth inmate in eight days Thursday night, wrapping up an accelerated schedule with a lethal injection that left the prisoner lurching and convulsing 20 times before he died. Kenneth Williams, 38, was pronounced dead at 11:05 p.m., 13 minutes after the execution began at the Cummins Unit prison at Varner. An Associated Press reporter who witnessed the lethal injection said Williams' body jerked 15 times in quick succession, then the rate slowed for a final five movements.
A woman who spent hours suspended high above a construction site after scaling a crane in downtown Toronto was rescued by being strapped to a rappelling firefighter and lowered to the ground as dozens watched in suspense from below. Cheers erupted from onlookers as the pair's feet hit the ground at about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, bringing the dramatic, hours-long rescue operation to a safe conclusion. The woman, who police identified as 23-year-old Marisa Lazo, was then handcuffed and handed over to paramedics.
O'Leary's stunning news — he's throwing his support behind Quebec rival Maxime Bernier — appeared to catch even some members of his campaign team off-guard as they gathered to prepare for Wednesday's final leadership debate. Behind the scenes, however, O'Leary has been mulling the idea for about a week, say sources, ever more convinced that as leader, he might never be able to rally enough support in Quebec to deliver a majority Conservative mandate in 2019. The tipping point, he said, came when he saw Conservative membership numbers overall that were even higher than he expected, which meant he didn't have as large a share of the support as he thought he did.
Syria's military said Israel struck a military installation southwest of Damascus International Airport before dawn Thursday, setting off a series of explosions and raising tensions further between the two neighbours . Apparently seeking to interrupt weapons transfers to the Hezbollah group in Lebanon, Israel has struck inside Syria with increasing frequency in recent weeks, making the war-torn country a proxy theatre for Israel's wider war with Iran. The increasing tempo of attacks risks inflaming a highly combustible situation drawing in Israel, Syria and the Iranian-backed Hezbollah, a staunch ally of President Bashar Assad's government with thousands of fighters in Syria.
First, Donald Trump threatened to rip up NAFTA. "A negotiating ploy," said Gary Hufbauer of the Peterson Institute, a top U.S. expert on the North American Free Trade Agreement. It's basic negotiation theory. It involves the concept that negotiating clout stems from the power to walk away. That power belongs to parties who don't fear the WATNA — the acronym for Worst Alternative To A Negotiated Agreement.
The UN said Thursday it had enlisted Yusra Mardini, the teenage Olympic swimmer who braved a Mediterranean crossing in a leaky dinghy fleeing war-torn Syria, to help raise awareness about the plight of refugees. The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said it had appointed Mardini as its newest Goodwill Ambassador, a role long famously held by US movie star Angelina Jolie. Mardini "has become a powerful voice for the forcibly displaced across the world and a powerful example of their resilience and determination to rebuild lives and positively contribute to host communities," UNHCR said in a statement.
Expo 67 may have opened a half century ago today, but it's 2017 that seems kind of old by comparison. The art and architectural legacy of Montreal's 1967 international and universal exposition — few, but impressive — litter Canada's landscape like the ruins of a fantastical future to which we somehow, somewhere lost the thread. Found as far away as Newfoundland, Expo 67's remnants continue to exude some of the weird, wondrous magic of that Summer of Love in Montreal, when anything and everything seemed possible.
The region tops a new index of wine areas most targeted by Nature's wrath. "We see that Mendoza in Argentina, which has earthquakes, hail, floods, the whole gamut of natural hazards... is number one," said James Daniell of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, who helped compile the new data. It was compiled by a team of geophysicists, geoscientists, meteorologists and economists using data on wine industry losses due to natural hazards going back to 1900.
Elizabeth Rodgers stopped by the Stoney Creek washout site on Wednesday to see how work is coming along. Rodgers lives in Hillsborough, on the far side of the detour that adds about 20 minutes on her drive to her daughter's house everyday. Jeff Hull, communications officer with the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure, says people using the route are submitting claims directly to his department.
Like much of our connected world, the Philippines has a problem with fake news. The bogus stories that pollute the internet in the Philippines are startling in their venom, frequency and sometimes clumsy attempts to look like the real thing. For example, a number of the stories say Senator Antonio Trillanes, a critic of President Rodrigo Duterte, was arrested for drugs and accepted massive bribes.
Xianqi Cheng came to Quebec just over two years ago with big plans. Now his future is up in the air, like that of more than 500 other foreign students who came to Quebec under the same program. Quebec's Ministry of Immigration has rejected Cheng's application for a Quebec selection certificate — an immigration document that is a first step toward residency in the province — based on a surprise oral interview in French.
Associations representing Ontario's hospitals, nurses and hospital employees all hope that today's provincial budget will include the "major booster shot" promised by Finance Minister Charles Sousa. The Ontario Hospital Association, Ontario Nurses' Association, Ontario Council of Health Unions and others have all asked for an increase to hospital spending in the neighbourhood of five per cent, or more than $800 million province-wide. The amount might sound like a lot of money, but a researcher with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) who deals with health care data said that amount is needed simply to prevent the system from getting worse.
"Coming into Fort McMurray I was nervous, I didn't know what it was going to be like," said Jesso, who is originally from Montague, P.E.I. She and her daughter Jamie Dawn and son Brandon moved to Alberta four years ago, while husband Eddie has been working out west for a decade. The family returned to Fort McMurray a month after they were evacuated. "It was emotional because they had these great big signs saying, 'We're here, we're strong,'" said Jesso.
The decision to relocate the Crown Lands branch of the newly created Department of Fisheries and Land Resources from St. John's to Corner Brook is a political move designed to benefit Premier Dwight Ball and other west coast MHAs, says a retired employee. It's just not right," said Dominic Howard, who worked a long career as a land surveyor with the province until his retirement in December. Howard said it doesn't make sense economically, operationally or emotionally.
A used car dealership in Lower Sackville, N.S., and its salesman are facing more legal troubles after a bank and finance company launched civil actions against them and another used car dealer in the area. Great Buys salesman Darren Blumenthal is facing civil action by RBC. Alan Jewell and Justin Cormier, who work for Carsville, are also named as defendants in the case, first reported by AllNovaScotia.com.
An endangered vaquita porpoise was found dead in the Gulf of Mexico, the country's environmental protection authority said Wednesday, bringing to four the number of dead vaquitas found in 2017. There are only 30 remaining vaquitas (Phocoena sinus), scientists warned in February. The remains of the vaquita were found Tuesday, 24 kilometers (15 miles) north of the town of San Felipe, in the state of Baja California on the Barra del Primer Estero beach, the statement read.
It was almost three decades ago that Linda Cruickshank first took a seat behind the wheel of a Metro Transit bus. Cruickshank says she'll miss working with and helping the public. "It's the people visiting the city and hearing how much they love it," Cruickshank says.
Red River College's presence in Winnipeg's Exchange District is about to grow once again, thanks to the construction of a $95-million Innovation Centre. The former Metro Motors garage will be torn down for the new construction while the Scott Fruit Company warehouse, a city-designated historic site, will be renovated. Paul Vogt, president and CEO of Red River College, said the facility will bring together science, research and development, entrepreneurship, and student learning.
King's-Edgehill School in Windsor, N.S., is withdrawing a $1-million financial commitment for construction of a new hockey rink and heritage museum in the town amid dissension over competing plans for the project. First announced in early 2014, the $12-million Long Pond Hockey Heritage Centre would include an NHL-sized ice surface, museum and indoor walking track located just steps from where the game was supposedly first played. Eight million dollars in funding for the project was to come from the three levels of government. Another $1 million was to come from King's-Edgehill School, while fundraising would provide the remaining $3 million.
A southwestern Manitoba farmer is leading a $160-million lawsuit against the federal government and the company that acquired the Canadian Wheat Board, claiming money is owed to thousands of farmers for grain that was sold to the wheat board in its final years. The claim was initially filed in federal court four years ago, according to Anders Bruun, one of the lawyers working on the case.
In her job as a substitute teacher, Kayleigh Spencer of Mistissini, Quebec, spends her time trying to get young people to see their potential. "They [young people] have special talents, they have something they are amazing at," said Spencer in an interview with CBC's Maamuitaau after being crowned Miss Mistissini. After winning Mistissini's local pageant in December, Spencer was crowned the inaugural Miss Eenou/Eeyou Nation in February.
In his final week as chief justice of the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench Neil Wittmann is being celebrated by colleagues as a fierce advocate, a "brilliant legal mind" and a man whose love of animals is so great he signed-off on a plan to house the Calgary Zoo's lions in the basement cells of the courthouse if needed during the 2013 flood. Wittman, who has been dogged in lobbying Ottawa for more appointments to this province's superior court, will have his last day as leader of Alberta's Court of Queen's Bench on Friday. "He cared about everyone's right to justice," said Justice William Tilleman.