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Alligator grabs, kills woman trying to protect her dog

Alligator

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — A woman trying to protect her dog was killed by an alligator who pulled her into a lagoon at a private South Carolina resort Monday, authorities said. Cassandra Cline, 45, of Hilton Head Island, was walking the dog along a residential area of Sea Pines Resort when she was attacked, state and local officials said. The 8-foot (2.5-meter) alligator was later found and euthanized, Sam Chappalear of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources told The Island Packet newspaper . “It appears the alligator wentRead More


Judge approves interim payments to Broncos crash victims

Humboldt Broncos

A Saskatoon judge has approved an interim payment of $50,000 for each of the 13 survivors and the families of the 16 people who died in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash. A judge agreed to the request Wednesday morning at a hearing being held to determine how the money raised from a GoFundMe page will be divided. The $50,000 is expected to go to families within the next couple of days. The court is also being asked to appoint a five-member advisory committee to figure out how the remaining moneyRead More


Local reaction to Doug Ford’s plans to cancel regional chair elections

doug ford

Following Premier Doug Ford’s stunning announcement Friday in which he revealed plans to cancel several region chair election, implications are being felt in Muskoka, Peel and York Region.  Wayne Emmerson; appointed Regional Chairman and CEO of York in 2014 had previously withdrawn his candidacy when polls showed he likely wasn’t going to win.  “Unless you’re from the Vaughan, Markham or Richmond Hill areas, it’s hard to get to get those numbers out for support…when you look at it, it’s a popularity contest,” said Emmerson.  Now Emmerson’s back in the raceRead More


Volunteers gather for Heritage neighbourhood cleanup

Heritage Cleanup

Dozens of volunteers gathered in the Heritage neighbourhood on Saturday for a community cleanup. Jennifer Della Valle, a longtime resident of the neighbourhood, volunteered for the cleanup as an opportunity to give her community a makeover. “I drive around or walk around this area and you always see, I’m sure it’s the same with lots of other areas too, but you always see couches and mattresses that people don’t know how to dispose,” said Della Valle. “I do a lot of walking or cycling, so it’s good to have theRead More


Hail pounds Toronto during intense storm

Hail pounds Toronto during intense storm

Hail pummeled parts of Toronto Thursday as a powerful summer storm swept through the city and brought highway traffic to a standstill. The rain began shortly after 4 p.m., falling in heavy sheets. Environment Canada issued a severe thunderstorm warning due to concerns of large hail, damaging winds, lightning strikes and “torrential” rainfall. The strong storm is expected to strike several regions within the Greater Toronto Area and pass by mid-evening. Videos show sheets of rain blasting roads and halting traffic along Highway 401. Other photos show an ominous wallRead More


Chatham-Kent police force mourns loss of fellow officer

CTV Windsor: Arms Out for Andrew

CTV Windsor Published Wednesday, July 25, 2018 4:54PM EDT Last Updated Wednesday, July 25, 2018 4:59PM EDT A Chatham-Kent police officer has lost his battle with cancer. Const. Andrew Gaiswinkler passed away Tuesday following a courageous battle with acute myeloid leukemia. The 57-year-old had been with the police service since 2000 and was a member of the traffic unit, acting as a collision reconstructionist. Canadian Blood Services held multiple ‘Arms Out For Andrew’ blood drives earlier this year. Gaiswinkler leaves behind a wife and three kids. Friends and relatives areRead More


Historic lighthouse destroyed by lightning fire

Historic lighthouse destroyed by lightning fire

Onlookers looked in horror as a beloved lighthouse nestled in the St. Lawrence River, just west of Brockville was destroyed by a lightning fire on Monday, July 23. Many felt utterly helpless as they watched from the shoreline as flames brought down the aged structure after a single flash of lightning in stormy weather brought down the 162-year-old landmark. “A few people shed some tears. It was just kind of like a death in the family.” says Mike Milne, an area cottager in the Thousand Islands. The Cole Shoal LighthouseRead More


Young rockers take the stage at all-girl rock camp

Young rockers take the stage at all-girl rock camp

Published Saturday, July 21, 2018 6:26PM CST Last Updated Saturday, July 21, 2018 6:40PM CST Young rock stars performed in front of 250 people at The Exchange on Saturday, as part of the finale to their week long rock camp. Girls Rock Regina is a weeklong camp where 29 girls ages 10 to 14 are put into six, four member bands. In just a week, the camp teaches the girls how to play instruments, write song lyrics, record their songs and perform. “Girls rock camp is for female identifying transRead More


Court agrees to review decision to reopen ‘Serial’ case

Adnan Syed

BALTIMORE — Maryland’s highest court will review a decision to reopen a high-profile case for a man whose murder conviction was chronicled in the hit podcast “Serial.” Earlier this year, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals ordered a new trial for Adnan Syed, upholding a 2016 lower court ruling. But the state’s top court has now agreed to consider whether Syed’s murder conviction should be reinstated. A Thursday court document says the case will be set for argument during a December session. Syed was convicted in 2000 of killing hisRead More


John Tavares signs with Toronto Maple Leafs

John Tavares

The Associated Press Published Sunday, July 1, 2018 10:17AM EDT Last Updated Sunday, July 1, 2018 1:18PM EDT TORONTO – After one of the most-watched courtships in NHL history, the Toronto Maple Leafs got the answer they were hoping for Sunday. John Tavares is coming home. The centre signed with the Leafs as free agency opened, bringing an end to a saga that gripped hockey for the better part of seven days, and ramped up even further over the last 48 hours. The deal is for US$77 million over sevenRead More