After one year together, the "Mother!" duo end their relationship
After one year together, the "Mother!" duo end their relationship
Samantha MacDougall thought her fight to get her late partner's Canada Pension Plan benefits would take years. The government ended the fight for her. Newly approved changes to the Canada Pension Plan will mean widows and widowers, regardless of age, will receive full survivor benefits, changing five decades of federal policy.
A woman who was earning just $900 a month working in a hotel laundry while her then-husband concealed a fortune has been awarded nearly $1.3 million in spousal support. Quesnel, B.C., businessman Dalbir Singh Sangha is "an admitted forger and perjurer" who fraudulently hid millions of dollars in assets from his ex-wife, Amarjit Kaur Sangha, according to B.C. Supreme Court Justice Warren Milman. "The fact of the matter is that Ms. Sangha has been deprived of her remedy for many years by virtue of Mr. Sangha's deceit.
The Kentucky lawmaker's resume included enough material for an award-winning memoir: He was a peacekeeper at the Rodney King riots in Los Angeles, a White House chaplain to three presidents and a 9-11 first responder who gave last rites to hundreds of people at Ground Zero. The story tore down his claims and portrayed him as a con man whose deceptions propped up his ministry of a church of outcasts in Louisville and hid a sinister secret: a sexual assault allegation from a 17-year-old girl. The death of the 57-year-old jolted Republican leaders, who were already struggling with a sexual harassment scandal that toppled the state's first GOP House speaker in nearly 100 years plus three other Republican committee chairmen.
Marieke Knight is a firm believer in conserving water. She doesn't water her lawn. She doesn't leave her taps dripping. That's why when the Saskatoon resident's water bill was nearly $4,000 last month, she was in complete shock.
A Winnipeg doctor is warning about the risk of a disease commonly found in Central and South American countries after several members of a family in Winnipeg were diagnosed with it. "It's known as 'the kissing bug' because it bites you usually in the middle of the night. You don't feel it and it bites around the face area and people don't often realize that they've been bitten by this bug," said Dr. Pierre Plourde.
A dramatic hostage situation at a bank north of Toronto ended abruptly on Wednesday when police killed a lone gunman. No one else was injured but those inside the Royal Bank of Canada branch in Maple, Ont., were "definitely traumatized," said York region police Const. "We did have to use lethal force in order to gain control of that subject," Pattenden said.
With little daylight at their disposal and a deep freeze setting in late Thursday, investigators quickly scoured the wreckage of a deadly helicopter crash in eastern Ontario. None of the four Hydro One employees on board the Aerospatiale AS350-B2 chopper survived the crash, which happened shortly before noon, police said. While provincial police confirmed the four deaths, and said that next of kin had been notified, the names of the victims were not released.
Former White House strategist Steve Bannon is catching blame from fellow Republicans for coughing up a safe Senate seat in deep-red Alabama and foisting damaging political advice on President Donald Trump. Bannon wholeheartedly backed Roy Moore, the insurgent conservative who faltered in Tuesday's special election amid allegations that he had preyed on underage girls decades ago.
The Winnipeg institution known for nips and late-night breakfast food is under new ownership. Salisbury House of Canada Ltd.'s majority owners, Earl and Cheryl Barish, have sold their shares to Noel Bernier and his principal partners, Dave Filmon and Metis Economic Development Fund, a media release said Thursday. Bernier is a restaurateur who also owns local spots Hermanos, Barley Brothers and Prairie 360.
A young Inuk woman from Labrador has become the latest person to battle Ontario's organ donation agency over its policy of rejecting liver transplants for alcoholics who haven't abstained from drinking for six months. Friends of Delilah Saunders, a 26-year-old advocate for Indigenous rights, have launched a campaign for her inclusion on a transplant waiting list. "Her liver is kaput and her chances of survival are pretty low without a new liver," Rebecca Moore said Thursday after visiting her friend the night before at the Ottawa Hospital.
Two men from Toronto are facing drug charges after getting lost near the Canada-U.S. border. The RCMP and the Canada Border Services Agency say in a joint statement that the men were travelling in a rental vehicle in the Niagara Region on Nov. 22, near the Peace Bridge, when they took a wrong turn to the U.S. border. Officials say that to avoid crossing into the U.S., the men turned around and tried to return back to Canada through a NEXUS lane, but they were not members of the trusted-traveller program.
OTTAWA — "The Liberals are buying rusted-out fighter jets from Australia even though the defence minister actually said that they would never buy used planes. This is not a bucket of bolts, Mr. Speaker. Why are they going back on their word?" — Conservative MP Tony Clement, Dec. 12.
Ontario is offering businesses rebates of up to $75,000 for buying electric and other low-carbon vehicles. Businesses that have purchased or will purchase eligible vehicles — including electric and natural trucks — after Sept. 1 can qualify for a range of rebates starting next year. Companies will be able to get rebates on 50 per cent of the difference between the cost of an electric vehicle and an equivalent traditional fuel vehicle, up to $75,000.
A 26-year-old master distiller is enjoying the success of her creation, Alberta's first single malt whisky. The spirit made at Eau Claire Distillery in Turner Valley, Alta., has sold out completely, save for a few bottles reserved for tasting. Caitlin Quinn, a Scottish-raised, Winnipeg-born whisky aficionado, is behind the sought-after whisky.
A local non-profit has axed its plans to move its homeless shelter from its downtown location to a former school in southwest Calgary after facing heated opposition from area residents. Brown said they were in early talks to move the shelter to the site of the former Erlton Elementary School on 28th Street S.W. He said families would have had a better chance of integrating with the local community, which he said is important for those trying get out of homelessness. The building would have provided emergency shelter beds, short-term assisted living spaces and areas the neighbourhood could share, such as a boardroom and community garden.
Republican U.S. Representative Blake Farenthold will not seek re-election in 2018, the latest politician to pay a price for allegations of sexual misconduct. The House of Representative's ethics committee said last week it was investigating Farenthold, 55, over allegations of sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation involving a former female staff member. Farenthold has said he'll repay the amount, which based on current laws, is billed to taxpayers.
A long-awaited report commissioned by the City of Charlottetown calls for the construction of a new multi-use sports facility with two ice rinks to replace the existing Eastlink Centre. The report, compiled by a task force of seven people over more than a year, suggests the Eastlink Centre doesn't have the functionality to draw in bigger shows and should be converted into a community use facility. "One of the knocks on the building when you talk to theatrical people and promoters … is that the building doesn't have enough ground to ceiling space to do things like string lights," said task force chair Mike Hennessey.
For the first time ever, a coal mine in Canada will have a cap on carbon emissions. On Dec. 13, the federal government approved the Murray River Mining Project near Tumbler Ridge, in northeast B.C. The project — by HD Mining International — will operate underground to mine metallurgical coal, known as coking coal, used to produce steel.
Thursday marks the fifth anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown, Conn., in which 20 children and six adults, many of whom were first-grade students and staffers at the school, lost their lives. There have been 1,576 instances of gun violence since that horrific event. In them, at least 1,788 people were killed, and 6,333 people were wounded, according to the Gun Violence Archive, which tracks firearm violence in the U.S. and began doing so after Newtown.
A Facebook post written by a young woman from Clarenville about how to support those who might be struggling with their mental health, and how to survive if you're the one having trouble, is all the more poignant with the news that its author wasn't able to make it through. The suicide of Victoria Best — a music instructor, volunteer and mental health advocate — has left her hometown reeling, and her family and friends determined to carry on her fight for better mental health care and more compassion for those who are struggling.
Ridge Meadows RCMP have issued a public warning after a suspect sexually assaulted two teenage girls who were on their way to school early Thursday morning. The first assault took place at 7:30 a.m. PT in the area of 210th Street just north of Dewdney Trunk Road in the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows area.
A Dec. 8 fire that sent five family members leaping out of a second-storey window of their townhouse in Dartmouth, N.S., was triggered by gasoline vapours that ignited when the furnace was turned on, fire investigators have determined. "There was gasoline being stored in the same room as the furnace," said Matt Covey, the fire prevention division chief with Halifax Fire, on Thursday. "The gasoline got into the air in the form of vapour and when the furnace was turned on, it caused an explosion.
Quebec's plan to introduce compulsory sexual-education courses for primary and secondary students ran into some immediate opposition Thursday, with some parents promising to fight the proposal. Raymond Ayas, a member of the Quebec Catholic Parents' Association and a father of three, said a spiritual component to the discussion is missing. The information the students receive will be based on their age and will deal with sexuality, anatomy, body image, sexual assault, love, sexual relations, stereotypes and sexually transmitted infections.
Brandon city staff released a memo Thursday urging councillors to approve the retail sale of pot from one store in the municipality, about 200 kilometres west of Winnipeg, on Monday at the next council meeting. "While the federal legalization of cannabis itself may be controversial to many Brandon residents, declining to participate with the province will leave the City of Brandon completely out of the legislative process and Brandon will be left subject to the black market unregulated product and online sales only," Heather Ewasiuk, a clerk with the city, writes in the memo. The province's Liquor, Gaming and Cannabis Authority will regulate the distribution, purchase, storage and sale of cannabis, but private businesses will sell cannabis.