FREDERICTON — New Brunswick's Court of Appeal has ruled that the August 2020 snap election call that won Premier Blaine Higgs a majority government was legal. In a decision released Thursday, the court dismissed advocacy group Democracy Watch’s argument that the premier’s early election call was illegal because of the province’s fixed-date election law. Writing for the three-judge panel, Justice Ernest Drapeau says there is no admissible evidence that the premier's decision to call a general ele
Winter means not only cold weather but also longer and darker days. The lack of light can pose problems, especially for drivers. Naomi Barber from Specsavers discusses the importance of regular eye care and checking in with your optometrist.
CALGARY — The Canada Energy Regulator has issued financial penalties against Trans Mountain Corp. related to the 2020 death of a worker. The regulator says the Crown corporation failed to take all reasonable care to ensure the safety and security of workers on the day of the incident. The incident occurred on Oct. 27, 2020, when a person working near Edmonton, Alta. on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project was fatally injured. The person was disassembling a trench box at the time. The re
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Former Theranos executive Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani was sentenced Wednesday to nearly 13 years in prison for his role in the company’s blood-testing hoax — a punishment slightly longer than that given to the CEO, who was his lover and accomplice in one of Silicon Valley’s biggest scandals. Balwani, 57, was convicted in July of fraud and conspiracy connected to the company’s bogus medical technology that duped investors and endangered patients. His sentencing came less than t
The Quebec coroner's office has opened an investigation into the death of an 84-year-old woman at the Jewish General Hospital's emergency room in Montreal last month. The coroner confirms the woman was taken to the ER Nov. 26 where she died, as first reported by Global News. The coroner's office refused to comment or give details, as the investigation is ongoing, but said a detailed report shedding light on the causes and circumstances of the death will be made public once the investigation is c
NEW YORK (AP) — Ke Huy Quan is trying hard not to cry. He’s been crying a lot lately. Quan tends to get emotional any time he contemplates his sudden reversal of fate. Every since “Everything Everywhere All at Once” opened in theaters earlier this year, 51-year-old Quan — who a lifetime ago was the iconic child star of “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” as Short Round, and Data in “Goonies” — has been, he says, “overwhelmed by emotions every day.” “I didn’t think this day would come. It was
A deep chill is lurking on the horizon that could boost your odds of waking up to snow on the ground come Christmas morning.
HALIFAX — An emailed letter to staff of a Halifax-area hospital says that the pressure on the emergency room has risen to the point where there's no space to assess patients and one in 10 people aren't seen before they give up and leave. Two managers at the Dartmouth General Hospital say in the statement obtained by The Canadian Press that influenza and respiratory syncytial virus are combining with other factors to block the flow of patients through the ER. The email was sent Thursday to a long
LONDON (AP) — Artist Veronica Ryan has won the prestigious Turner Prize for work that transforms materials including fruits, seeds and volcanic ash into elusive and evocative sculptures. The Montserrat-born British artist was awarded the 25,000-pound ($30,000) prize at a ceremony in Liverpool, England on Wednesday evening. She won for work including public sculptures in London’s Hackney area in the shape of tropical fruits – custard apple, breadfruit and soursop — that honor the contribution to
MOSCOW (AP) — One man was killed after a massive fire on Friday ravaged a shopping mall on Moscow’s northwestern outskirts. Authorities said the blaze at the OBI store, part of the MEGA shopping mall in Khimki outside the Russian capital was sparked by welding that apparently violated safety regulations. The huge blaze erupted before the mall opened it’s doors to customers, engulfing the entire building of 17,000 square meters (183,000 square feet). Officials initially said arson may have been i
Windsor-Essex's top doctor is concerned about the rising rates of influenza in the region — especially among young people — as respiratory illness dominates hospitals locally and across Ontario. Acting medical officer of health, Dr. Shanker Nesathurai, says this flu season has been "atypical," with cases presenting in May, June and July — a season when the virus is typically not active. "We've had cases of influenza every month since March of 2022. Normally, in a normal influenza season, there's
The RCMP has charged a CBC News journalist in P.E.I. with disobeying a court order, after an investigation into an alleged breach of a publication ban. The investigation related to the publication of a "news article," the P.E.I. RCMP said in a news release Wednesday, but did not specify where it was published, or in what form. The RCMP identified Jesara Sinclair as the person facing the charge, which has not been proven in court. Sinclair is a CBC journalist. According to the news release, the a
Families, Children and Social Development Minister Karina Gould said Thursday that new legislation aimed at enshrining the Trudeau government’s child-care program into federal law would prevent Conservatives from dismantling the system. She said it would require them to “publicly tell Canadians they do not believe in affordable child-care.”
Three teens have been charged after stabbings at an Oakville high school, Halton police say, while an arrest warrant has gone out for an adult also wanted in connection to the incident. Officers were initially called to Garth Webb Secondary School at about 4 p.m. Wednesday after a fight erupted between a "group of youths" in the building's foyer, police said in a news release Thursday. They found three 15-year-olds with injuries. Two had stab wounds to their bodies, while a third had a bloody no
Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on Wednesday said he has less than $12 million of the $1.5 billion he owes the families of Sandy Hook school shooting victims, but they immediately questioned the accuracy of his statements. In the first hearing of Jones' bankruptcy in a Houston court, his attorney Vickie Driver said Jones wanted to settle with the Sandy Hook families. Jones said in a court filing that it would be "functionally impossible" for him to pay the defamation verdicts in full.
Saying she's 'overwhelmed with emotions,' Cherelle Griner, the wife of Brittney Griner, thanks the people who helped secure the basketball star's release from Russia as part of a prisoner exchange.
JASPER, ALTA. — A man who flew a drone near a wildfire in Jasper National Park has received a $10,000 fine. Judge Jeffrey Champion doled out the penalty to Rajwinder Singh under the Canada National Parks Act in provincial court Thursday and gave him until June 8, 2023, to pay the fine. The details of the fine were confirmed by a provincial court spokesperson. Flying a drone in a national park is illegal and carries a maximum fine of $25,000. It's also illegal to fly an aircraft, including a dron
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that he will not block Mississippi from carrying out with next week’s scheduled execution of an inmate who is suing the state over its use of three drugs for lethal injections. Thomas Edwin Loden Jr., 58, faces a Dec. 14 execution date, which was recently set by the Mississippi Supreme Court. U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate handed down a ruling late Wednesday, saying Loden’s execution can happen even while the lawsuit is pending. Loden has been o
EDMONTON — Two Mounties who shot a man in his pickup truck at an Alberta rest stop were found not guilty on Friday of manslaughter and aggravated assault. Const. Jessica Brown and Cpl. Randy Stenger were charged after the fatal shooting of 31-year-old Clayton Crawford on July 3, 2018, near Whitecourt, Alta., approximately 180 kilometres northwest of Edmonton. A jury heard that the two officers shot Crawford 10 times. Whitecourt RCMP were notified of the sighting of a purple 1992 Dodge Dakota pic
Nova Scotia reported 673 new cases of influenza for the reporting period between Nov. 27 and Dec. 3. This is up from the 524 cases of influenza in the previous reporting period from Nov. 20 to Nov. 26. In the latest report, the province said 94 people were hospitalized, including 10 people who were admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU). The province also reported three deaths. To date for the 2022-23 flu season, there have been 1,653 laboratory-confirmed cases of influenza. There have also b