Stripey the baby skunk loves nothing more than playing with her owners. Judging by this clip, Stripey has enough energy to play all day long. Credit: YouTube/Skunks & Co
Two former aides to Republican Gov. Chris Christie were sentenced to prison on Wednesday for creating a colossal traffic jam at the George Washington Bridge for political revenge, a scandal that sank Christie's White House campaign and was attributed by the judge to a venomous climate inside state government. Bill Baroni, Christie's appointee to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, was sentenced to two years in prison, and Bridget Kelly, Christie's former deputy chief of staff, was sentenced to 18 months at separate hearings in the 2013 lane-closing case. U.S. District Judge Susan Wigenton said it was clear there was never a legitimate traffic study, as they claimed during the trial, and said the defendants sought to mislead the jury with their testimony.
A Mexican man who spent more than six weeks in immigration detention despite his participation in a program designed to prevent the deportation of those brought to the U.S. illegally as children was released from custody Wednesday pending deportation proceedings. A smiling Daniel Ramirez Medina hugged his brother in the lobby of a detention centre as he was freed, then hugged him again for the news cameras outside. Judge John Odell in Tacoma approved freeing the 24-year-old Ramirez on $15,000 bond until his next immigration court hearing.
Conservative leadership hopefuls made some last-ditch pitches for support Monday in advance of a key campaign deadline — and stanching the flow of illegal migrants across the Canada-U.S. border played a prominent role. Candidates only have until Tuesday to sign up new party members in order to buttress support for their leadership bids, so several — Kevin O'Leary, Maxime Bernier and Steven Blaney were doing their best to grab some Tory-friendly headlines. In an early email blast, businessman and reality-TV star Kevin O'Leary suggested using the Constitution's veto power, known as the notwithstanding clause, to block refugee claims from people who enter Canada illegally.
After nearly seven years at the head of transit development and planning in the GTA, Metrolinx President and CEO Bruce McCuaig is leaving the transit authority next month to join the federal government's new infrastructure bank. McCuaig has been at the helm as the agency undertook a legal battle to end its contract with Bombardier for the delivery of vehicles for the Eglinton Crosstown. McCuaig said Metrolinx could face penalties of up to $500,000 per day if the vehicles aren't delivered on time.
P.E.I. has launched a public consultation process to develop its cultural strategy. The strategy will "recommend cultural policy direction and guide the development of action plans, programs and supports for the next 10 years," said a news release Wednesday. The province said it will hold consultations in April and May asking Islanders about how the arts, creative industries and Island culture should be supported.
The city of Charlottetown has put the Snowmageddon of 2015 behind it and tabled a balanced budget for 2017. Melissa Hilton is crediting careful budget management with reducing that budget. "The departments were very aware of the situation we were going into," Hilton told reporters in the budget lockup.
A parcel of land in a birder's paradise in British Columbia's Okanagan Valley has been secured by the Nature Conservancy of Canada. The 36.4 hectare property is located in an expanse of wetland near the Okanagan River and is an important acquisition because so much of the valley bottom has been lost to development and agriculture, said Barb Pryce, the southern Interior program director with the conservancy. "Finding a parcel that's 90 acres in size is quite a rarity in the south Okanagan and that's why it's so important," she said.
After a midnight deadline on Friday passes, either the union or the refinery can declare a strike or a lockout notice within 48 hours. In an open letter, Federated Co-operatives Limited vowed to keep the refinery open, even if there is a strike or lockout. "They will say that FCL is putting profits before people, and that the CRC cannot be operated safely in the event of a labour disruption," wrote Co-op CEO Scott Banda.
Let's say you're North Korea and you have this nuclear device you really want to test. Military "sniffer" spy planes — probably already in the area because your preparations have been caught by spy satellites — will soon be scouring the air for samples of elements that can be used to analyze your blast. North Korea has proven over the past 10 years that it can be exceptionally difficult to determine from a properly set up nuclear test some of the most basic details an adversary would want to know.
It is "bizarre" how often Nova Scotia schools are closed because of weather, and the number of days lost this year amounts to a crisis, an education expert said Tuesday. Paul Bennett, director of Schoolhouse Consulting in Halifax, said there has been an average of 12 lost days this school year in the province due to inclement weather, including closures at many boards Tuesday.
Britain's Prince Charles has arrived in Bucharest at the start of a nine-day tour to Romania, Italy and Austria that the British government hopes will reassure European Union nations that Britain remains a close ally despite its intention to quit the bloc. Charles arrived in Romania on Wednesday, the same day British Prime Minister Theresa May launched the Brexit process.
By Matt Scuffham TORONTO (Reuters) - Executives at Toronto-Dominion Bank will on Thursday face shareholders for the first time since media reports suggested branch staff were pressured to meet sales targets, causing its shares to tumble. Chief Executive Bharat Masrani is expected to be grilled by investors about how Canada's second-biggest lender is responding to the reports and whether the bank plans to scrap or re-shape sales incentives for branch staff, industry sources said. TD's shares are currently trading around 6 percent below the level they were at before a March 10 report by CBC News, Canada's public broadcaster, that cited branch staff as saying they moved customers to higher fee accounts and raised their overdraft and credit card limits without their knowledge.
"Blueberry glut" could be the name of a down-home Maritime dessert — but the lower prices anticipated after record-breaking harvest last year is giving producers in New Brunswick the blues. After 2016's bumper crop, "We've run out of freezers to put the product in," said John Schenkels, chair of NB Blueberries. The wild blueberry industry has grown by leaps over the last decade — from some 20 to 30 million pounds of blueberries per year a decade ago, to 80 million pounds of wild blueberries produced in New Brunswick last year.
The price of ivory in China has dropped sharply as the country plans to end the legal trade in ivory later this year, a leading elephant conservation group said in a new report Wednesday. Chinese demand for tusks has been driving African elephants toward extinction, experts say. China's ivory factories are to be shut down by Friday, followed by the closing of retail outlets by the end of this year.
When traveling, taking tours is a great way to explore. But Dayvee Sutton has found the most unusual hoity-toity excursion on Hilton Head Island, SC - a boat ride with wine, cheese and alligator hunting.
Fort McMurray residents whose homes were destroyed or damaged beyond repair in last May's wildfire won't have to pay their municipal property taxes. In a unanimous vote Tuesday, the Wood Buffalo municipal council approved the tax relief for homes that have not been rebuilt. In addition to the municipal portion of the property tax, Wood Buffalo will also ask the province to waive its share of the tax on affected homeowners and make up for the estimated $1.3-million revenue shortfall on its own.
Police in southwestern Manitoba are investigating more cases of animals found dead with their ears cut off. Brandon RCMP say three coyotes and a raccoon were discovered in the same area where a pony's remains were found a few days ago. A dead goat was along the same road in the Rural Municipality of Whitewater, about 15 kilometres south of Brandon.
The federal government says it is investing $7 billion over the next 10 years to help parents get back to work with more affordable child care. The funding in child care was highlighted by P.E.I. Member of Parliament Lawrence MacAulay on Wednesday in Charlottetown. The government said part of the funding will be used to improve access to culturally appropriate early learning and child care programs on and off reserves for Indigenous children.
Here are the top 10 hardcover fiction and non-fiction books in Canada for the week ending March 26 as compiled by Maclean's magazine. The previous week's position is in parentheses.
Four projects from low-tech to high-tech, but all related to health and well-being, are the finalists for this year's Yukon Innovation Prize. Sharon Katz, one of this year's finalists, is working on a theory that could lead to early detection of lung cancer caused by radon. "What I'm suggesting is that we can in fact develop such a tool, that will be based on chemical measurements of certain nuclei and a mathematical model," said Katz.
The City of Fredericton is partnering with the Salvation Army to provide an emergency shelter equipped with a generator — but the piece of equipment comes with a price. Wayne Tallon, director of the city's Emergency Measures Organization, said there was a gap identified in the city's emergency measures plan following post-tropical storm Arthur in July 2014, when it became apparent a facility was needed to house people overnight in case of long-term power outages. "The Salvation Army has been a long-term partner with us in our Emergency Measures Organization and after they had heard we were looking for such a facility they came forward and offered us their facility," he said.
"[They have] to be in reasonable shape because if it's really rotten or broken down, then the DNA may not be intact enough," Robyn Irvine, project manager for Parks Canada, told CBC Daybreak North host Carolina de Ryk.
Former "Parks and Recreation" stars Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman are reuniting for an NBC reality competition focused on craft making. The network says Poehler and Offerman will produce and host "The Handmade Project." The series pits "eight of America's best all-around makers" against one another in a series of projects over six episodes. In addition to playing Ron Swanson on "Parks and Rec," Offerman is well-known as an accomplished wood craftsman.
The consortium behind the construction of the new replacement for the aging Champlain Bridge has filed a $124 million lawsuit against the federal government and warns the new span might be delayed. Signature on the Saint-Lawrence, made up of several companies including Quebec engineering giant SNC-Lavalin, filed the documents on Tuesday in Quebec Superior Court. The lawsuit states those rules have meant finding alternate transportation for pre-cast concrete and other structural elements, which have resulted in scheduling delays and substantial costs.
Canadian figure skaters Kaetlyn Osmond and Gabrielle Daleman put on a show at the world figure skating championships in Helsinki on Wednesday. The two sit in second and third place, respectively, following the short program won by Russia's Evgenia Medvedeva. Osmond, of Marystown, N.L., posted a personal-best short program score of 75.98, trailing Medvedeva's 79.01.