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Union leaders speak to striking workers at ZF-TRW

ZF-TRW workers on the picket line for a second day

ZF-TRW workers remain on the picket line Saturday. Unifor Local 444 leaders were speaking to striking workers on the line. ZF-TRW is a feeder plant for the Windsor Assembly plant. The strike has forced the Windsor plant to cancel its production Saturday, affecting 6,000 employees there. It’s unknown if Sunday’s operation will be affected. Close to 300 ZF-TRW employees went on strike after 62 per cent of workers turned down a tentative agreement struck by Unifor Local 444 and the company. The tentative agreement included a $2 per hour wageRead More

Tickets for Justin Bieber exhibit sell out on first day

Tickets for Justin Bieber exhibit sell out on first day

CTV Kitchener Published Sunday, February 18, 2018 8:50PM EST Last Updated Sunday, February 18, 2018 8:56PM EST Beliebers from as far away as China and Brazil made a special stop in Stratford Sunday. They wanted to be some of the first to check out the new Justin Bieber exhibit at Stratford Perth Museum. Fans started lining up outside the building at 5 a.m. and tickets quickly sold out for the grand opening of the “Steps to Stardom” show. Katie Bruce and Nicole Pierino drove all the way from Buffalo. “ItRead More

Margaret Atwood takes to Twitter to defend herself after ‘MeToo’ op-ed

Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood has taken to Twitter to defend herself after writing a controversial op-ed in which she wondered if she was a “bad feminist” for questioning the tactics of the #MeToo movement. In a piece published Saturday in The Globe and Mail, Atwood called #MeToo “a symptom of a broken legal system”. The op-ed drew sharp criticism from some observers, who were angered by what they saw as a betrayal of feminist values by an author who has long been interested in examining and questioning power structures that subjugate women.Read More

N.L. ‘mermaid men’ calendar raises $300,000 for mental health


The Canadian Press Published Sunday, January 14, 2018 2:32PM EST Last Updated Sunday, January 14, 2018 4:40PM EST ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — A calendar of bearded, mermaid-tailed Newfoundlanders has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for mental health. Last year, around 30 burly guys donned sparkly mermaid tails to pose as “merb’ys” — a portmanteau of “mermaid” and “b’y,” a Newfoundland term meaning “boy” or “buddy.” The whimsically dressed models posed by the sea, at a barber shop and in a pumpkin patch for the 2018 calendar. The Newfoundland andRead More

Third day of Lac-Megantic deliberations ends; no verdict reached

Lac-Megantic destruction

SHERBROOKE, Que. – The jurors at the trial of three men charged with criminal negligence causing death in the Lac-Megantic railway disaster will deliberate for a fourth day Sunday after failing to reach a verdict today. Day 3 of deliberations passed without any questions or messages from the 12 jurors. The jury is deciding the fate of Tom Harding, Richard Labrie and Jean Demaitre, who are charged in connection with the July 2013 tragedy in which 47 people were killed when a runaway train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded.Read More

Over-capacity school sends students packing

Over-capacity school sends students packing

Children living in Sage Creek may have a tough time getting into their neighborhood school. Overcrowding at Sage Creek School has many families making a commute to schools in other catchment areas. Sage Creek School reached its capacity in the fall. “We have increased the student body from 450 to 627,” said Chris Sigurdson, chair of the Louis Riel School Division. A spokesperson for Manitoba Education and Training told CTV News, “There must be sufficient growth in the student population before a new school or additional space at an existingRead More

Police cruiser rammed during attempted getaway

A heavy police presence descended on Clinton Thursday morning as officers attempted to stop a stolen vehicle. The police action ended with a man from out of the province facing charges including dangerous driving, impaired driving and assault with a weapon – and the discovery that the man was wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for robbery. Huron County OPP say it began when an officer noticed a pickup truck that had been stolen from a parking lot in Seaforth two days earlier. The truck drove away, was tracked down aboutRead More

Putin calls Kim Jong Un ‘competent and mature’ leader

Russian President Vladimir Putin, centre

The Associated Press Published Friday, January 12, 2018 11:21AM EST Last Updated Friday, January 12, 2018 11:22AM EST MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin says North Korea’s Kim Jong Un has shown himself to be a mature leader who is interested in calming down the tensions over its nuclear and long-range missile programs. Meeting with top Russian media figures on Thursday, Putin said Kim “is an absolutely competent and already mature politician” who has “solved his strategic task — he has a nuclear warhead and a global-range missile.” Now, inRead More

Winnipeg man receives racist letter

A St. James man is sharing his experience of racism, after receiving a page full of derogatory comments in his mailbox. Tashie McKay had barely moved into his home, when he got an unwelcome surprise. On Thursday, McKay saw someone enter his yard. “A suspicious character walked up to the mailbox and put the letter in. I thought nothing of it,” said McKay. But when he opened the letter, it was full of racist remarks about Indigenous people; the letter was directed to his landlord about tenants in the house.Read More

Chief of defence says military not talking to U.S. about joining missile defence

OTTAWA – While the Canadian military is preparing to work with the U.S. on upgrading North America’s aging defences, Canada’s top general says there have been absolutely no talks about joining its ballistic-missile shield program. Chief of defence staff Gen. Jonathan Vance’s comments come amid swirling questions over Canada’s potential involvement in ballistic-missile defence, particularly given rampant concerns about North Korea. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan appeared to leave the door open to participating in the controversial program in October, but the government has otherwise remained largely ambiguous when asked aboutRead More