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‘Hotel Transylvania 3’ tops charts, ‘Skyscraper’ stumbles

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LOS ANGELES — “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation” has checked into the No. 1 spot at the box office in its opening weekend and left the Dwayne Johnson action thriller, “Skyscraper,” in the dust. Sony Pictures estimated Sunday that the animated family movie earned $44.1 million from North American theatres. As the first in the franchise to open in the summer, it’s just slightly under the previous installment’s $48.5 million debut in September 2015. Worldwide, “Hotel Transylvania 3” has already earned more than $100 million. “It’s really terrific,” said AdrianRead More


Legacy of Lethbridge toddler, lost to rare disease, lives on through blood donations

Legacy of Lethbridge toddler, lost to rare disease, lives on through blood donations

The family of Finley Malmberg, the young girl with Type 1 spinal muscular atrophy who passed away in 2015, is hoping to honour her memory by arranging to have 25 people donate blood in Finley’s name ahead of August 2, 2018. The Malmberg family says Finley taught them how precious life truly is in the brief 13 months they had with her. They say arranging blood donations is one way to give back to the community that gave them so much in their time of need. The drive is alreadyRead More


Application to demolish Kensington Manor submitted to City of Calgary

Kensington Manor

The City of Calgary has received a proposal to demolish a northwest apartment building that has sat vacant since November due to structural concerns. On November 23, residents of the 57 units of Kensington Manor, an apartment building in the 300 block of 10 Street Northwest, were evacuated from the building with little notice after an engineer detected serious structural issues. The building’s frame was shored and the perimeter of the building was fenced off to prevent unauthorized access. The seven-storey building was constructed in 1969. With files from CTV’sRead More


Canada’s national junior softball team on Saskatchewan tune-up tour

Canada's national junior softball

Canada’s national junior softball team is making sure they enter the world championships playing as well as they can. “We didn’t want to walk into the world championships just two days prior, and all of a sudden you’re facing New Zealand, you’re facing the Americans, you’re facing Australia,” said their coach Jeff Ellsworth. On July 7, they’ll be going up against the best junior softball teams the rest of the world has to offer. To get the kinks out, the squad is scheduled to play 10 games in eight daysRead More


Man killed after Gatineau police chase identified

Man, 28, dies after police chase in Gatineau

Quebec’s police overseer, the Bureau des Enquêtes Indépendantes (BEI), has identified a 28-year-old man who was killed after a police chase in Gatineau. Zachary Fairbairn, of Ottawa, died after being hit by a vehicle on boulevard Montclair, near the Casino du Lac-Leamy, in the early morning hours of June 21. The incident started at the Casino with a call to police about a man trying to break into cars.  It ended with Fairbairn running away after an officer spotted him and noted he matched the suspect description. The officer pursued.Read More


Red Cross ships fridges, freezers to evacuated communities of Pauingassi and Little Grand Rapids

Red Cross ships fridges, freezers to evacuated communities of Pauingassi and Little Grand Rapids

Ahmar Khan, CTV Winnipeg Published Sunday, June 17, 2018 4:09PM CST Last Updated Sunday, June 17, 2018 5:38PM CST After hundreds of fridges and freezers were destroyed or damaged during wildfires that struck Pauingassi and Little Grand Rapids First Nations the Canadian Red Cross is filling the void. The humanitarian organization is sending nearly 800 fridges and freezers to the two communities to help residents resume normal lives. The appliances were deemed not fit to use, as they were sitting dormant for weeks with rotten food and chemicals inside makingRead More


Florida man chugged can of beer during DUI stop: police

Daryl Royal Riedel

BIG COPPITT KEY, Fla. — Authorities say a 48-year-old Florida man raised a can of beer and chugged it after a sheriff’s deputy stopped him on suspicion of drunk driving. Daryl Royal Riedel told Monroe County Sheriff’s investigators he was scared when he fled in his pickup truck as Deputy Anthony Lopez stepped out of his patrol car Thursday. Riedel drove for a short distance before stopping. Riedel has three prior DUI convictions between 2003 and 2010 and a fourth is pending from 2017. The report says Riedel got outRead More


Writer of glowing Olive Garden review grateful for Anthony Bourdain’s support

Anthony Bourdain

MINNEAPOLIS — A North Dakota newspaper columnist who received online vitriol in 2012 for her glowing review of an Olive Garden in Grand Forks said Saturday she was grateful that Anthony Bourdain came to her defence as others ridiculed her prose about the town’s hottest new Italian restaurant. Marilyn Hagerty catapulted to internet fame after her Olive Garden review, in which she marveled about the chain restaurant’s chicken Alfredo, crisp greens and “two long, warm breadsticks.” Then, she learned what it’s like to go viral. Bourdain, who died Friday inRead More


More to do for successful pot retailers

More to do for successful pot retailers

As legalization of marijuana approaches in Canada, 51 cannabis retail applicants in Saskatchewan are under review. The province will look at each application and decide whether to grant permits to legally sell marijuana to the public once it is legalized later this fall. Allen and Denise Kilback in the R.M. of Edenwold were granted a permit. The couple owns the Happy Hour Liquor Store in Pilot Butte. They hope to make a pot shop that is similar. The Kilbacks have visited stores in the United States, and want their storeRead More


Winnipeg school reaping rewards after putting scheduling to the test

Winnipeg school reaping rewards after putting scheduling to the test

A Winnipeg school is taking the standard school day and making some tweaks. Ecole Lacerte in Windsor Park has gone from three breaks during the day to two, and since making the switch student success has spiked. It’s called a ‘balanced day’ schedule, and students are enjoying it. “I like that you have more time to do classes and recesses,” said fourth grader Alexie George. The school day begins at 8:30 a.m. with the first block going until 10:30. At that time, students head outside for a 30 minute recessRead More