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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Anastasia Lyrchikova and Anton Zverev MOSCOW/SEVASTOPOL, Crimea(Reuters) - Russia's $1.3 billion plan to build two new power plants in Crimea aimed to show that Moscow could complete high-tech projects on the annexed peninsula despite Western technology sanctions. The plants were designed to house gas turbines made by a unit of Siemens.
South Korea's LG Electronics Inc said on Thursday its first-quarter operating profit rose to its highest in nearly eight years on strong sales of home appliances and televisions, with revenue likely to increase in the current quarter. The world's No. 2 television maker behind Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said its January-March profit was 922 billion won ($816 million), up 82 percent from a year ago and in line with its estimate earlier in April.
Four elementary schools in two separate school boards will remain open — despite being slated for closure. The Strait Regional and Chigencto-Central school boards each held special meetings last night. A unanimous decision by the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board saved Maple Ridge and Shubenacadie Elementary.
The new chair of the Winnipeg Police Board says he has a lot to learn before he expects to have any impact on police policy in the city. Jeff Browaty, who resigned in February after he lost the confidence of the police board's Indigenous advisory body, the Indigenous Council on Policing and Crime Prevention.
Round two of the Stanley Cup playoffs may be underway, but hockey's top prize is once again taking a spring vacation through Nunavut, as it kicked off its second tour of the territory in two years Wednesday in Iqaluit. On Thursday, the group will make stops in the communities of Cape Dorset, Kugaaruk, and Taloyoak.
Lisa LeBlanc, from Rosaireville, N.B., has not only taken the Acadian music scene by storm in the last five years, she's become a huge star in Quebec and well-known in Europe as well. "The album just kind of worked," said LeBlanc, back in the province for a few days of relaxation before the ECMAs. LeBlanc has made the sound of Acadie a hot commodity and opened the door for more Acadian artists to break through in Quebec and Europe.
A St. John's-based company that received nearly $1 million in government assistance to help expand its data centre operations in Labrador is now locked in a legal dispute with its business partner, a Hong Kong-based bitcoin mining firm. Bitmain Technologies sued Great North Data last month, alleging problems pretty much from the start of the agreement between the two companies. Great North Data denies those allegations, and points the finger at the Chinese firm for not holding up its end of the bargain.
A high-end Nova Scotia jewelry designer and a custom furniture maker who attended a luxury goods expo in Abu Dhabi last November say they are out tens of thousands of dollars because barely anyone showed up to shop. Carrie Lamb owns Frida Fine Jewellery, an upscale shop in downtown Halifax.
Rickie Murley's grandmother was one of the women who sent 62,000 pairs of socks to troops fighting oversees between 1914 and 1916. "If my grandmother did it, then I can do it as well," said Murley. During a presentation ceremony in Corner Brook on Wednesday, several soldiers received socks from the 66 pairs knitted since the fall.