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More temporary fisheries closures ordered after right whale sighting

right whale

HALIFAX – The federal government has announced a temporary fisheries closure in the Bay of Fundy following a North Atlantic right whale sighting. The Fisheries Department says the area in Grand Manan Basin will be closed to fixed-gear fishing activities starting at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, and will remain closed until further notice. Ottawa says all gear must be removed from the area before the time of closure, and notice will be given prior to reopening. It says the closure affects lobster, crab, groundfish, herring and mackerel licences. A map ofRead More


‘You get a twist in your soul’: Van de Vorst journey continues after McKay sentenced

Jordan Van de Vorst, his wife Chanda and their children, two-year-old Miguire and five-year-old Kamryn, are seen in this image from Facebook. All were killed in the crash.

It’s been 883 days since the Van de Vorst family lost four members of their family and 677 days since the woman responsible for the deaths was sentenced for the crimes. On Friday, their late son and brother’s birthday, Linda and Lou Van de Vorst along with their daughters, traveled to a hotel in Maple Creek. The next day they drove further, to Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge to read victim impact statements at Catherine McKay’s parole board hearing. She was denied unescorted temporary absences to see her family by theRead More


Family calls for more first responder mental health help after suicide of mosque shooting paramedic

Andreanne Leblanc

CTV Montreal Published Thursday, May 31, 2018 10:57PM EDT Last Updated Thursday, May 31, 2018 11:04PM EDT The family and friends of a Quebec City paramedic who took her own life just over a year after being called to the scene of the 2017 mosque shooting are calling for more psychological help for first responders. Andreanne Leblanc committed suicide in March, just over a year after the shooting that claimed six lives. Her mother, Lucie Roy, said that despite being a highly social person, her daughter never spoke about whatRead More


Angels beat Blue Jays 5-4 at Rogers Centre

Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Tyler Clippard

TORONTO – Andrelton Simmons hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the ninth inning to help the Los Angeles Angels to a 5-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night. Shohei Ohtani tied the game earlier in the frame with a two-run single off Toronto reliever Tyler Clippard, who was charged with four earned runs over one-third of an inning. Justin Anderson (1-1) pitched the eighth inning for the win and Blake Parker survived a shaky ninth for his third save. Pinch-hitter Kendrys Morales drove in Dwight Smith Jr.,Read More


N.S. veteran’s battle to have injury acknowledged stalls after doctor retires

Bill MacKay

CTV Atlantic Published Tuesday, May 22, 2018 5:33PM ADT Last Updated Tuesday, May 22, 2018 5:37PM ADT A Nova Scotia veteran’s battle to have an injury acknowledged by Veterans Affairs has stalled after his family doctor retired. Bill MacKay says he sustained a neck injury when he was in the navy. Documents show the Department of National Defence acknowledges the incident happened, but says it wasn’t the cause of MacKay’s neck injury. MacKay says Veterans Affairs has rejected his injury twice. He was working with a lawyer on a thirdRead More


City unveiling new Red Light Camera

Ottawa redlight camera

Ottawa’s newest red light camera will be unveiled today. Mayor Jim Watson and Transportation Committee Chair Keith Egli will show off the new camera on Lyon Street, between Albert and Slater Streets. This is the last of 20 new red light cameras Council committed to installing during this current term. The City of Ottawa says the Red Light Camera Program is an initiative to improve intersection safety.  The goals of the program are to reduce collisions and to reduce injuries to help improve road safety at the targeted intersections. ThereRead More


Russia’s doping capital gears up for World Cup

Olympic Sports Center

James Ellingworth, The Associated Press Published Monday, May 21, 2018 2:21PM EDT SARANSK, Russia — Nestled on the edge of the forest outside the Russian city of Saransk is the home of one of the most successful doping programs in history. Athletes from the V.M. Chegin Olympic Training Center dominated race-walking for over a decade, winning nine Olympic and 18 world championship medals between 2004 and 2016, when head coach Viktor Chegin was banned for life amid a blizzard of doping cases. Now Saransk — like Russia itself — wantsRead More


Suspicious package prompts police probe at an apartment building

London police on scene at 501 Wilkins St.

CTV London Published Sunday, May 20, 2018 6:49PM EDT Last Updated Sunday, May 20, 2018 10:50PM EDT One man is in custody after a suspcious package was discovered at 501 Wilkins Street earlier this afternoon. Police were called to the building on a different matter when the package came to their attention. Residents on floors four, five and six of the 12 story complex  were forced to evacuate the premises  for about 4 hours. Police used the robot disposal unit and the package was removed from the building just afterRead More


Lawyer says Rapper T.I. ‘wrongfully arrested’ near his home

T.I.

Jonathan Landrum Jr., The Associated Press Published Wednesday, May 16, 2018 11:51AM EDT Last Updated Wednesday, May 16, 2018 5:14PM EDT ATLANTA — The rapper T.I. was arrested early Wednesday as he tried to enter his gated community outside Atlanta and was charged with disorderly conduct, public drunkenness and simple assault — but the artist’s lawyer called it a wrongful arrest. T.I. is one of the biggest names in hip-hop, with multiple platinum-selling albums and singles, production credits and roles in films like “ATL” and “American Gangster.” Henry County DeputyRead More


Mother Nature co-operating in southern Alberta: Little chance of big flood

Alberta flooding

CALGARY — Alberta’s snowpack may be deep but officials say that doesn’t mean the recurrence of heavy flooding that devastated the southern part of the province nearly five years ago. Frank Frigo, leader of watershed analysis with the City of Calgary, says the snowpack from a particularly long winter was about 30 per cent higher than normal. But that doesn’t immediately translate into a spring flood. “In terms of precipitation, we see that we have weak La Nina conditions in the Pacific Ocean that led to that high snowpack,” FrigoRead More