The stakes in the French election are high, with the polls predicting that the likely winner will be a political outsider
Dozens of marriage certificates, some referencing weddings taking place on the same day involving girls with the same last name, were entered as evidence Wednesday at the trial of two fundamentalist church leaders charged with polygamy in British Columbia. Winston Blackmore is the head of a religious group in Bountiful, a community in southeastern B.C. where residents are known for practising a faith that condones plural marriage. Blackmore is accused of marrying 24 women and is standing trial alongside former leader James Oler, who an indictment says has four wives.
Arkansas was poised Thursday to carry out its first execution since 2005 after three other lethal injections planned by the end of the month were scrapped in the face of court challenges. A ruling from the state Supreme Court allowing officials to use a lethal injection drug that a supplier says was obtained by misleading the company cleared the way for Arkansas to proceed to execute Ledell Lee on Thursday night. Arkansas dropped plans to execute a second inmate, Stacey Johnson, on the same day after the state Supreme Court said it wouldn't reconsider his stay, which was issued so Johnson could seek more DNA tests in hopes of proving his innocence.
All three were randomly shot dead by a black gunman, Kori Ali Muhammad, who wanted to kill as many white people as possible and was proud of what he had done, laughing as he explained his actions in interviews with police, authorities said Wednesday. Randalls, 34, had just started work as a customer-service representative and was doing a ride-along, something he was excited about, friend Eddie Valencia said. Muhammad also shot Mark Gassett, 37, of Fresno, who had just picked up groceries at a Catholic Charities building.
One member of the Alberta all-party child intervention panel who was part of a previous roundtable on the matter says the decision to lean toward public accountability over family privacy should be dialed back. Following Wednesday night's meeting of the Ministerial Panel on Child Intervention, Liberal Leader David Swann, who was also a participant in the 2014 roundtable on improving the child intervention system, said the focus then seemed to be on dispelling the myth that the government was trying to hide in-care deaths. "The focus was entirely on making it more transparent," Swann said after the meeting.
Health Minister Sarah Hoffman says she does not agree with the Edmonton Catholic School board's motion to make vaccinations mandatory in Alberta schools. Hoffman says some children physically can’t have vaccinations for a variety of medical reasons. “We want to use education and an opportunity to inform parents," says Hoffman.
By Byron Kaye SYDNEY (Reuters) - Global e-commerce juggernaut Amazon.com Inc on Thursday said it will open its online shopfront service in Australia, ending rumors about its plans and increasing the pressure on the domestic retail sector to catch up with the digital economy. The announcement fires the starting gun on a new era of competition between bricks-and-mortar and online retail in the world's 12th-largest economy, where 80 percent of the population live in cities and more than 90 percent have home internet. Shares of electronics and appliances retailer Harvey Norman Holdings Ltd and department store chain Myer Holdings Ltd slumped 3 percent, while electronics merchant JB Hi-Fi Ltd lost more than 1 percent in a flat overall market.
By Jake Spring and Norihiko Shirouzu SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Of dozens of startup electric car makers in China, only two or three will be around in five years' time, the chief of Nio told Reuters on Thursday, after the automaker unveiled its first production car aimed at taking on Tesla Inc's Model X. China's government has been promoting electric vehicles in its battle with urban smog, with startups flooding the market after it opened up the sector to investment from technology firms and non-automotive backers. "A car business is the world's toughest business to start," Chairman William Li said in Chinese on the sidelines of the Shanghai auto show.
A B.C. woman has agreed to pay the B.C. Securities Commission (BCSC) a $3-million penalty after she admitted that she fraudulently raised at least $30 million from investors. The BCSC said Virginia Tan took money raised from investors and put it into short-term, high-interest loans, making interest and principal payments with money raised from other investors. "Tan did not earn income from any other business," the BCSC said in a release Wednesday.
By Swati Pandey SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia plans to raise the bar for handing out citizenships by lengthening the waiting period, adding a new "Australian values" test and raising the standard for English language as part of a shake up of its immigration program. The move comes in a week when Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced axing a temporary work visa popular with foreigners and replacing it with a tougher program in a bid to put "Australia First". Australia has seen the rise of nationalist, anti-immigration politics with far-right wing parties such as One Nation garnering strong public support, while the popularity of Turnbull's ruling center-right government has been languishing.
One of Vancouver's oldest inner-city neighbourhoods finally has a library. "There's going to be a lot of books checked out here," said Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson at the grand opening on Wednesday. The building also includes a much-need affordable housing complex, the mayor said.
Ideas and initiatives for transforming Alberta's energy industry were showcased in Calgary on Wednesday afternoon. The Innovating Alberta's Energy Future Showcase featured work by fellows with the Energy Futures Lab. "[The lab] is a forum for collaboration and innovation, so there are innovators and energy leaders from different sectors and different types of organizations who use the lab as a place to try new ideas, to develop prototypes, to find collaborative projects that they can do together," Park said.
Fire crews on P.E.I. had to respond to at least eight brush fires over the Easter weekend. "Every spring we seem to get this kind of situation before we get a green-up," said Mike Montigny, the province's field service manager. "They are to allow you to work within the fire weather index system we have, and the wind limits that we have in place," said Montigny.
Hossein Barar is re-opening his grocery store, Dolma Foods, after a fire destroyed the building 15 months ago. Dolma Foods was a sushi counter and small grocery store with as much local food as Barar could rustle up.
Despite the sunny weather and ocean views, some recent "nightmare" Caribbean vacations have left more than a few Canadians feeling stranded after they went without running water or electricity for days at a time. Jo Fitzsimons is a travel blogger based in the United Kingdom. Chris Elliott is a consumer travel expert and journalist in the U.S.
The women's shelter is moving to round-the-clock operation. "It will make a change in the lives of people in Rigolet and Nunatsiavut," Wolfrey said. Right now, women and their children can stay at Kirkina House for part of the week, but by Sunday afternoon they have to find somewhere else to go.
The Nunavut Impact Review Board recommended that Agnico Eagle's plans to pilot hovercrafts at its mine sites be "modified or abandoned" in a decision published April 18. The gold mining company applied to run a year-long test with two hovercrafts at its Meadowbank site northwest of Baker Lake and the nearby Amaruq extension. The Kivalliq Inuit Association was opposed to the idea on the grounds that the project would add to the cumulative impacts in the area.
First Nations schools across southern Saskatchewan are collaborating on new ways to engage students outside of the classroom and on the land. Earlier this month students and teachers within the Treaty 4 Education Alliance met in Fort Qu'Appelle, Sask., to share the land-based education programs they're implementing. The event was organized by Learning the Land, a program created by the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Treaty 4 Education Alliance.
Ottawa's transit boss staunchly defended working conditions inside the city's light rail tunnel Wednesday, one day after the CBC published a story quoting workers who complained the job site is crowded, hazardous and unsanitary. John Manconi, the city's general manager of transportation services, told reporters that Rideau Transit Group (RTG), the consortium building the first phase of the light rail system, has a "very good" safety record, and claimed the issues the workers raised had either been addressed or were embellished. The man said workers have taken to relieving themselves in the tunnel rather than use the unsanitary facilities.