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Gas plants verdict to be delivered today; ex-premier's top aides to learn fate
Cop to kids: Eat Timbits, not Tide pods
Gas plants verdict expected Friday
Who is Bruce McArthur? ‘Super creepy man … you got bad vibes’
Facebook selfie showing murder weapon helps convict killer
Pregnancy test addiction: why women who know they’re expecting retake tests
Nigeria gunmen kidnap two US and two Canadian citizens
Tim Hortons protests to expand beyond Ontario, 50 rallies planned across Canada
2018-01-19 12:34:08 TORONTO -- Protesters angered by some Ontario Tim Hortons franchisees who slashed workers' benefits and breaks after the province raised its minimum wage plan to spread their rallies to other areas of the country. About 50 demonstrations are planned in cities across the country on Friday, although at least 38 will be based in Ontario, including 18 planned in Toronto. As of Dec   Read More ...
The details, so far, about the chained-up kids in California
2018-01-19 12:10:17 Abuse dated back years, to when family lived in Texas, says district attorney Related Stories A California couple has pleaded not guilty to allegations they tortured a dozen of their children, kept them chained to beds for months and starved them so much that their growth was stunted and their muscles atrophied. David Allen Turpin and his wife, Louise Anna Turpin, were arrested Sunday after authorities found the malnourished children in their home in Riverside County   Read More ...
What if a nuclear missile was really headed our way?
2018-01-19 12:10:08 We would have 20 minutes to find shelter while Americans try an interception For 38 panicked minutes on Jan. 13, Hawaiians prepared for the end. Sirens blared, regular broadcast programming was interrupted and alarming notifications arrived on cellphones: a ballistic missile was headed their way. On Jan. 16, the Japanese national broadcaster issued a similar warning, saying North Korea had launched a missile and residents of Japan should seek shelter   Read More ...
Huawei's latest attempt to enter U.S. worries lawmakers — but Canada doesn't share its concern
2018-01-19 12:10:02 How 2 allies have responded to concerns the Chinese phone maker is a national security threat For the past decade, Chinese tech company Huawei has found no shortage of success in Canada. Its equipment is used in telecommunications infrastructure run by the country's major carriers, and some have sold Huawei's phones. The company has struck up partnerships with Canadian universities, and say it is investing more than half a billion dollars in researching next generation cellular networks here   Read More ...
Health minister's Twitter account highlights cost of government tweeting
2018-01-19 12:09:56 Canada's health minister launched her official Twitter account last summer, and after five months posted about 250 tweets. CBC News has learned that the account requires the equivalent of 1.5 staff members to run, with at least $6,500 in overtime costs so far.   Read More ...
Tim Hortons franchise owners tell workers to blame Wynne for benefit cuts and to 'not vote Liberal'
2018-01-19 12:09:50 Memo tells workers to contact the premier if they don't like changes made due to minimum wage hike Related Stories A staff memo written by a couple of Tim Hortons franchise owners in Whitby, Ont., blames cuts to employee benefits on the Ontario government and its minimum wage hike. The notice also suggests employees contact Premier Kathleen Wynne if they have concerns about the changes — and let her know she doesn't have their support   Read More ...
What really happens to old clothes dropped in those in-store recycling bins
2018-01-19 12:09:46 Chances are they won’t be resurrected into new clothes as some ads suggest Related Stories If you've been to a mall recently you might have spotted something new. Clothing donation bins are popping up in more and more retail chains. Some of the biggest names in fashion have launched take-back programs. They want you to donate your unwanted clothes, shoes, curtains, even underwear   Read More ...
Gas plants verdict to be delivered today; ex-premier's top aides to learn fate
2018-01-19 12:04:25 TORONTO - A judge is set to deliver his verdict today related to Ontario's gas-plants scandal. Former top political aides David Livingston and Laura Miller are charged over the destruction of documents. The senior staff to former premier Dalton McGuinty are accused of attempted mischief and illegal use of a computer. Prosecutors alleged the duo illegally destroyed records to save the Liberal party embarrassment over a decision to cancel two gas plants in 2011   Read More ...
Drone rescue off Australian beach heralded as world-first
2018-01-19 12:04:14 CANBERRA, Australia - A flying drone has dropped a flotation device to two teens caught in a riptide in heavy seas off the Australian coast in what officials describe as a world-first rescue. Monty Greenslade and Gabe Vidler got into trouble on Thursday at Lennox Head, 750 kilometres north of Sydney. They were about a kilometre from lifeguards who were about to start training with the new drones, equipped with a camera, rescue gear and six rotors   Read More ...
Local health authority reassures public after head surgeon suspended
2018-01-19 11:38:17 Local health authorities are reassuring the public that a two-month suspension of the head surgeon at the Lakeshore General Hospital in Pointe-Claire will not jeopardize patient care. “Please note that the disciplinary council of Quebec’s College of Physicians’ decision—issued on Dec. 14, 2017 — to temporarily suspend Dr. Dalrymple as of Jan. 22, 2018, will, at no time, compromise the health and safety of patients,” the West Island Integrated University Health and Social Services Centreknown as the in French) said in an email to the Montreal Gazette   Read More ...
Inspiring home of the week: Triangular cabin in the Canadian wilderness
2018-01-19 11:34:45 Canadian architect Jean Verville has rebuilt an A-frame cottage in the middle of a Canadian forest. The house is located in woodland near the village of Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard in the Laurentian Mountains in southern Québec, and was designed for a family who wanted to get away from urban life. Verville completely demolished the interior of the existing house, a triangular 1960’s cottage, and remodelled the space within to fit the needs of a family who love activity   Read More ...
Two dead, two others in life-threatening condition after Etobicoke shooting
2018-01-19 11:32:27 Two men are dead and two others have life-threatening injuries after a suspect or suspects opened fire on a vehicle in Etobicoke early Friday morning. The shooting occurred on West Deane Park Drive near The East Mall and Rathburn Road at around 12:40 a.m. Reports from the scene indicate that the vehicle jumped a curb and ended up on the front lawn of a residence following the shooting   Read More ...
U.S. anti-smoking plan may kill cigarettes but save Big Tobacco
2018-01-19 10:32:41 WASHINGTON - Regulatory moves that could one day make smoking an obsolete habit get underway next week when U.S. regulators hold a public meeting on a closely watched cigarette alternative. The proposal from the Food and Drug Administration is two-fold: cut nicotine levels in cigarettes so that they are far less addictive. For those who can't or won't quit, allow lower-risk products that deliver nicotine without the deadly effects of traditional cigarettes   Read More ...
California couple's abuse of kids became torture: prosecutor
2018-01-19 09:32:57 RIVERSIDE, Calif. - They were starved and shackled to their beds, sometimes for months. They were beaten and choked. They were given scant medical care, often denied use of a toilet and allowed to shower but once a year. They lived mostly at night, out of sight of neighbours, and knew virtually nothing of the outside world. And yet, some of the children of David and Louise Turpin hatched an escape plan   Read More ...
U.S. Congress likely racing toward a government shutdown
2018-01-19 09:10:03 Democrats demand protections for "Dreamer" immigrants brought to the country illegally as children Related Stories A bitterly divided Congress hurtled toward a government shutdown this weekend in a partisan staredown over demands by Democrats for a solution on politically fraught legislation to protect about 700,000 younger immigrants from being deported. Democrats in the Senate have served notice they will filibuster a four-week, government-wide funding bill that passed the House Thursday evening, seeking to shape a subsequent measure but exposing themselves to charges they are responsible for a looming shutdown   Read More ...
Why some fracking wells are prone to triggering earthquakes
2018-01-19 09:09:58 Volume of fluid injected is a big factor, but only in areas with connection to existing fault Why does fracking cause earthquakes in some places and not others? Alberta scientists say they've figured out some factors that make certain wells prone to triggering earthquakes. That could help make it possible to forecast the risk of fracking-induced earthquakes in the future. Fracking or hydraulic fracturing is a way of extracting natural gas that involves injecting fluid into a well under high pressure to fracture the gas-bearing rock and release the gas inside   Read More ...
'Insanity' to allow nuclear waste disposal near Ottawa River, Indigenous groups say
2018-01-19 09:09:55 Indigenous groups say a plan to dispose of nuclear waste near the Ottawa River in eastern Ontario is "insanity" and want the federal government to intervene. Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, a private company, wants a 10-year licence to keep running the Chalk River nuclear labs in eastern Ontario. In 2014, the federal government gave Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) control over nuclear operations at Chalk River   Read More ...
Anglos vow to fight CAQ plan to abolish Quebec's school boards
2018-01-19 09:06:15 Representatives of the English-speaking community are vowing to fight a Coalition Avenir Québec plan to abolish the province's school boards all the way to the Supreme Court.   Read More ...
Beaver Lake now too deep to be used safely as a skating rink: Plante
2018-01-19 09:06:09 Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante confirmed Thursday that recent excavation work on Beaver Lake in Mount Royal Park has rendered the basin too deep to be used safely as a skating rink, so the tradition of skating on it is probably a thing of the past. While the smaller, refrigerated rink beside Beaver Lake remains open to skaters, Beaver Lake itself, which has been a popular skating destination for Montrealers and tourists since the 1930s, has not reopened for skating this winter and will most probably remain closed for good   Read More ...
Sorbara won't lead re-election campaign: Wynne
2018-01-19 08:14:58 Pat Sorbara is off the election team, Premier Kathleen Wynne says. Sorbara was charged following allegations by a Sudbury byelection candidate that he had been offered a bribe in the form of a job or position to step aside, clearing the way for then-NDP MP Glenn Thibeault to run and win the riding for the Liberals. At the time, Sorbara was the premier’s chief of staff   Read More ...
Hands were window to Eric Lindros' hockey soul
2018-01-19 08:14:56 NHL players marvel at the size of them. Their skill earned him a spot in the Hall of Fame. The former Flyers great is having his No. 88 retired before Thursday's game against the Leafs PHILADELPHIA — It’s his hands that the players couldn’t stop talking about. They were soft enough to deke around a defenceman and hard enough to knock out even the most block-headed of opponents   Read More ...
LAU: It's regular Canadians who'll be paying for the green agenda
2018-01-19 08:14:51 By Matthew Lau. In a 1999 interview, the late Nobel-prize winning economist Milton Friedman remarked that there were good arguments for having government take action to reduce pollution, like smoke from power plants. That’s because the smoke imposes costs on third parties – for example, by dirtying property as well as surrounding public spaces. A power plant produces the smoke but doesn’t pay for all the costs   Read More ...
Cop to kids: Eat Timbits, not Tide pods
2018-01-19 08:14:43 Canadian authorities are warning people to stop eating laundry detergent pods, a strange and dangerous online trend that has resulted in more than 40 hospitalizations in North America. In a statement issued Thursday, Health Canada warned teens and others from intentionally biting the pods, while a P.E.I. police force tried to make the same point with humour. An officer with Kensington police posted a video on the force’s Facebook page describing the dangers of the so-called Tide pod challenge   Read More ...
EDITORIAL: New crew, same captain
2018-01-19 08:14:38 We aren’t going to pick apart Premier Kathleen Wynne’s pre-election cabinet shuffle because the problem with the Liberal Titanic is the captain, not the crew. With less than five months to go before the Ontario election which must be called no later than June 7, Wynne mainly promoted women MPPs either into more senior cabinet posts, or from the backbenches into cabinet   Read More ...
Gas plants verdict expected Friday
2018-01-19 08:14:32 TORONTO — Two former top political aides will find out on Friday whether they are criminally responsible for the destruction of documents related to Ontario’s gas plants scandal. Ontario court Judge Timothy Lipson is set to deliver his verdict in the case of David Livingston, chief of staff to former Liberal premier Dalton McGuinty, and his deputy Laura Miller who are accused of attempted mischief and illegal use of a computer   Read More ...
Ex-boyfriend accused of killing his child’s mom
2018-01-19 08:14:28 HAMILTON — Holly Hamilton’s ex-boyfriend was under court order to steer clear of the 29-year-old. Now Hamilton Police say Justin Dumphrey, 30, killed the mother of his young daughter and stuffed her in the trunk of her car. “There was a documented history and the police had been involved in their relationship before as a result of violence,” Homicide Det.-Sgt. Dave Olenuik told a news conference Thursday   Read More ...
U.S. border guards can demand phone's passcode to search it
2018-01-19 08:14:21 By Alexander Panetta, THE CANADIAN PRESS. WASHINGTON — In one of several testy exchanges during a U.S. Senate hearing this week, the country’s secretary of homeland security was pressed to explain a new policy that allows customs agents to examine the cellphones of travellers at the border. “I want to make sure I understand this. I live an hour’s drive from the Canadian border,” said Vermont Sen   Read More ...
Johnny Depp's daughter Lily-Rose poses topless for shoot inspired by mom
2018-01-19 08:14:16 WARNING: POST CONTAINS PARTIAL NUDITY. Lily-Rose Depp shared her vulnerability in an edgy photoshoot inspired by her mom Vanessa Paradis. Lily-Rose, the daughter of Vanessa and Johnny Depp, has become one of Karl Lagerfeld’s go-to Chanel models over her short time in fashion, but the 18-year-old shunned commercialism in her recent shoot with photographer Luke Gilford, and instead of trying to sell a product, she and Luke want to inspire people to think   Read More ...
Justin Bieber's mother praises son for his 'character and integrity'
2018-01-19 08:14:10 Justin Bieber’s mother has heaped praise on her “amazing” son just days after his girlfriend Selena Gomez’s mother made it clear she was not thrilled the couple was back together. Earlier this week, Mandy Teefey admitted she was “not happy” with the fact her daughter appears to be getting back together with the Baby hitmaker. Gomez and Bieber have not responded to Teefey’s comments, but his mother, Pattie Mallette, has now taken to social media to express how proud she is of her son   Read More ...
Who is Bruce McArthur? ‘Super creepy man … you got bad vibes’
2018-01-19 08:14:06 The subject matter is the very definition of benign. Puppy videos, cat videos, other funny animals, travel photos and recipes — lots of recipes. If suspected serial killer Bruce McArthur was hiding a dark, sinister secret, he was hiding it very well, indeed. But despite his appearance, at least one longtime neighbour in the Thorncliffe Park apartment building where the suspect has lived for the past 10 years took to social media to reveal how unnerving McArthur was   Read More ...
Shock video of ‘Bigfoot’ roaming in Canadian wilderness sparks claims mysterious beast is REAL
2018-01-19 08:06:03 DRAMATIC new footage shows Bigfoot prowling through a Canadian forest, a family has claimed. The grainy clip appears to capture the mythical beast - also called Sasquatch - lurking between trees just yards from the shocked onlookers. The family who filmed the footage had been out for a walk in the wilderness when they caught sight of what they believe was the mysterious Bigfoot   Read More ...
Videotron to raise cable TV and internet prices by up to $8 on March 1
2018-01-19 07:41:22 Telecom company Videotron is raising prices for its cable television and internet customers and some say they’re surprised by the size of the increase. “Videotron’s continuing priority is to offer the best client experience and services at competitive prices. To be able to do that and to continue meeting our customers’ ever-growing needs for entertainment and connectivity, Videotron needs to invest considerable amounts in its infrastructure on a yearly basis,” said Marie-Ève Villeneuve, the company’s director of external communications   Read More ...
In case you missed it, here's what happened in Montreal on Jan. 18
2018-01-19 07:41:17 A look at the day’s events in and around Montreal: Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante confirmed Thursday that recent excavation work on Beaver Lake in Mount Royal Park has rendered the basin too deep to be used safely as a skating rink, so the tradition of skating on it is probably a thing of the past. While the smaller, refrigerated rink beside Beaver Lake remains open to skaters, Beaver Lake itself, which has been a popular skating destination for Montrealers and tourists since the 1930s, has not reopened for skating this winter and will most probably remain closed for good   Read More ...
Checking In: Diplomat's $100-million update adds luxe to leisure
2018-01-19 07:41:11 What would you do with US$100 million? In the case of the Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Fla., that cool chunk of cash bought a long, languid dip in the fountain of youth. This beauty queen has enjoyed as storied a past as any 60-year-old party girl. Liza Minnelli and Frank Sinatra sang. Joan Rivers, Billy Crystal and Jerry Seinfeld killed   Read More ...
Trial begins for man charged with posting ad to have police spokesperson killed
2018-01-19 07:41:04 The Montreal police had little difficulty locating the man they suspected was the author of an online ad offering $1,000 to anyone willing to kill one of its best known spokespeople. Anatoliy Vdovin, 48, is alleged to have accessed the internet at the Westmount Library to post an online ad through which he offered to pay anyone willing to kill Montreal police Commander Ian Lafrenière   Read More ...
Defence lawyer Dimitrios Strapatsas's fate is in judge's hands
2018-01-19 07:40:57 A Quebec Court judge will decide next month whether Montreal defence lawyer Dimitrios Strapatsas will serve time behind bars for helping a killer in his attempts to intimidate a witness who was about to testify in his murder trial. On Thursday, prosecutor Jennifer Morin said Strapatsas has offered the Court no signs of having been rehabilitated nor has he shown any remorse since he was convicted, in October, of obstructing justice   Read More ...
Montreal mother's mission to rescue daughter from ISIS is followed in gripping documentary
2018-01-19 07:40:47 It was about as jarring a note as a mother could receive: “Mama, I’ve left to join ISIS.” It was also completely unexpected. The note was left to a Montreal mother by her 19-year-old daughter in November 2014. The mother has since spent the last three years tracking her daughter down in Syria and trying to bring her back home. As perilous as this mission is, it probably won’t get any easier if the daughter gets home because she could face criminal charges as a consequence of leaving the country to join ISIS   Read More ...
Canadiens at Capitals: Five things you should know
2018-01-19 07:40:41 Here are five things you should know about the Canadiens-Capitals game at the TD Garden on Friday (7:30 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio): How low can you go? This week, coach Claude Julien was taking some comfort that the Canadiens had earned six of a possible eight points. After Wednesday’s 4-1 loss in Boston, Montreal has earned six of a possible 10 points, which doesn’t look bad until you look at the big picture   Read More ...
'Beautiful writer' Nancy Richler dies of cancer in Vancouver hospital
2018-01-19 07:40:35 VANCOUVER — Award-winning novelist Nancy Richler has died in Vancouver at the age of 60 following a long battle with cancer. HarperCollins Canada said in a news release that Richler died Thursday in hospital. The Montreal-born author spent most of her adult life in British Columbia, where she wrote short fiction and novels. Iris Tupholme, senior vice-president and executive publisher at HarperCollins, said Richler was an elegant writer whose work resonated with readers in Canada and abroad   Read More ...
Quebec mosque shooting: Ottawa 'reflecting' on day of action against Islamophobia, Trudeau says
2018-01-19 07:40:20 QUEBEC – The federal government is still “in reflection” on the idea of making the anniversary of the attack on a Quebec City mosque a day of action on Islamophobia, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday. Saying he wants to find the right way to commemorate the tragedy, Trudeau added the government doesn’t want to spark a backlash against any minorities, either   Read More ...