latest current news

 
 

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

merb'ys

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


Ontario trade mission to China has so far secured more than $1B in agreements

NANJING, China — Premier Kathleen Wynne’s trade mission to China has so far secured more than $1 billion in agreements between Ontario and Chinese companies. The government says those agreements will create more than 1,100 jobs in Ontario. Xinyi Glass Holdings has selected Ontario as the location for a large float glass plant — its first North American manufacturing facility, with a planned $450 million in investment that would create 400 jobs. The other agreements include Shanghai Golden Wing Industrial opening up China’s East Territory as a market for Ontario-grownRead More


Snowfall welcomes 105th Grey Cup game between Calgary and Toronto

OTTAWA — The 105th Grey Cup kicked off in a winter wonderland. The Calgary Stampeders and Toronto Argonauts took to TD Place Stadium for Sunday night’s CFL finale on a snow-covered field. Snow started falling about two hours before kickoff, and by the time the teams took the field, officials were scrambling to clear the turf. Several dozen stadium employees raced with shovels to uncover the lines, while snow plows attempted to clear the end zones. The shovellers and plows also came out during every stoppage in play early onRead More