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Pulse growers call for C-49 amendments to clear grain backlog

Delays in rail shipments cause backlog of grain

Some farmers in the province are calling on the federal government to take action to clear up a grain backlog. Saskatchewan Pulse Growers are calling for amendments to Bill C-49, which regulates railways and how railways move grain. The group claims CN has supplied only 66 per cent of hopper cars ordered by grain shippers on time this year, and states the rail company has provided less than 50 per cent of rail car orders over the last four weeks. Ottawa introduced legislation a few years ago, during another grainRead More

Flooding due to ice jam prompts state of emergency in Brantford, Ont.

Flooding due to ice jam prompts state of emergency in Brantford, Ont.

Daksha Rangan, Published Wednesday, February 21, 2018 11:20AM EST Last Updated Wednesday, February 21, 2018 11:57AM EST The City of Brantford has declared a state of emergency and called for an immediate evacuation after heavy rain and unseasonable warmth triggered severe flooding for areas near the Grand River in southwestern Ontario, which runs through the city. Roughly 2,200 homes and up to 4,900 people have been impacted in the affected areas, City of Brantford officials told CTV News on Wednesday. Residents living in the areas of Holmedale, Old WestRead More

Third asylum seeker in Manitoba suffers severe frostbite

Third asylum seeker in Manitoba suffers severe frostbite

A renewed warning about frostbite and the dangerous journey some asylum seekers take to make it into Manitoba. A man from the West African country of Togo is the third asylum seeker to have suffered severe frostbite on his hands after crossing the U.S.-Canada border on foot into Manitoba. He made the crossing during the evening of Jan. 4. Temperatures dipped as low as – 28 degrees in Emerson that day. “I feel the pain,” said Kangni Fiowole-Kouevi from his temporary home in Winnipeg. I sleep with difficultly. It’s notRead More

If 2017 weather was a downer, you ain’t seen nothing yet: Environmental Defence

Extreme cold

OTTAWA — When it comes to extreme weather, 2018 has a throwdown message for last year’s show of hurricanes, forest fires and non-stop rainfall: hold my beer. Tim Gray, executive director of Environmental Defence Canada, says that while predicting when and where extreme weather will hit is difficult, if not impossible, he’s confident there will be even more wacky weather this year. Gray says greenhouse gases like carbon and methane sit and gather in the earth’s atmosphere, where they trap heat as energy. The more energy there is in theRead More

More claim sexual inappropriateness against James Franco

James Franco

NEW YORK — Several women have made further claims of inappropriate sexual behaviour against James Franco in a Los Angeles Times article. In the report published Thursday, two former student actresses described negative on-set experiences with the actor-filmmaker while being directed by him. Sarah Tither-Kaplan said in a nude orgy scene three years ago, he removed plastic guards covering the actresses’ groins while simulating sex. Former students spoke of an unprofessional culture at Franco’s now-closed acting school Studio 4, where he taught a sex scenes class. Two women said FrancoRead More

Man arrested more than 11 years after drug bust

OPP cruiser generic

A man wanted by police for more than a decade has been returned to Grey County to face drug production charges. According to the OPP, an arrest warrant was issued for the 66-year-old man in September 2006, in connection with a marijuana grow-op discovered at a property on Southgate Road 14 north of Mount Forest. Police say the Hamilton resident was taken into custody Tuesday evening at Pearson International Airport by the Canadian Border Services Agency. He will face charges including marijuana production and possession of more than three kilogramsRead More

Police seek suspect after teen sexually assaulted in fast food washroom on Centre Street N

Dairy Queen sex assault suspect

The Calgary Police Service has released surveillance camera stills of the suspect in a Monday afternoon assault of a female employee at a Dairy Queen on Centre Street N. According to police, a 16-year-old girl was cleaning the men’s washroom of the restaurant in the 1900 block of Centre St. N. at approximately 5:15 p.m. when a man entered the restroom and approached the teen. The employee exited the washroom and entered the women’s washroom but the man followed her. The suspect allegedly cornered the staff member in the women’sRead More

Drug trafficking leads to jail time for Windsor man

CTV Windsor Published Tuesday, January 9, 2018 5:06PM EST Last Updated Tuesday, January 9, 2018 5:26PM EST A Windsor man is headed to jail for drug trafficking. Kevin Lewis, 30, was sentenced Tuesday to 12 months in jail after pleading guilty to possession of drug trafficking in October. Lewis was among 10 people charged following a cross border investigation into the importation and distribution of illegal guns into Ontario from the United States. “Project Kirby” began in 2015 with members of the OPP, the Organized Crime Enforcement Nureau and theRead More

Green party celebrates ‘absolutely astounding’ win in P.E.I.

CHARLOTTETOWN — The Green party has pulled off an unprecedented electoral victory in P.E.I., doubling its standings in the legislature and potentially signalling a surprising shift in the political landscape of Canada’s smallest province. The upstart party increased the number of its MLAs on the Island to two from one in a byelection Monday following the resignation of a Liberal cabinet minister last month. Hannah Bell, the 48-year-old head of a businesswomen’s association in Charlottetown, easily defeated the Liberal, NDP and Conservative candidates, suggesting a breakthrough for the party thatRead More

Police arrest drone pilot accused of dropping political leaflets over NFL games

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — A Northern California man accused of flying a drone over two NFL games this weekend and dropping political leaflets has been arrested in a case that raised concerns about security at professional sports events, police said Monday. Federal and local laws prohibit flying drones near football games, and authorities are examining additional ways to prevent the unmanned aircraft from hovering over crowds of tens of thousands of people after the flights Sunday, Santa Clara police Lt. Dan Moreno said. He declined to discuss the security measuresRead More