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With kids back in school, EMSB parents still being charged hidden fees

With kids back in school, EMSB parents still being charged hidden fees

Back to school means arranging carpools and after-school activities for some parents, but for others whose children attend English Montreal School Board facilities, it also means hidden fees. Earlier this year, 16 of Quebec’s school boards were ordered to pay back $150 million to parents after a class-action lawsuit alleged that fees violated the Education Act, which states that public elementary and high school in the province must be free. The court ordered the boards to pay parents back $28 per student, per year they were enrolled. But on Tuesday,Read More


First-ever greater rhea chick hatchlings make history at Calgary Zoo

Greater rhea chick

The Calgary Zoo made history earlier this month when it welcomed its first-ever greater rhea chicks. The pair – now three weeks old – hatched at the zoo on Aug. 3 and 5. The flightless greater rhea is the largest bird in South America and is found mostly in Argentina and Brazil. Related to the ostrich and the emu, the bird uses its wings not for flight, but for balance and changing direction while running. Male rheas incubate the eggs and care for the new hatchlings, guarding them aggressively forRead More


High-risk sex offender believed to be living in Winnipeg: police

Badour

Police are notifying the public about a convicted high-risk sex offender who is now believed to be living in Winnipeg. Police said James Porter Badour has a history of sexual offences against young children, both male and female. Although he has participated in some treatment programming in the past, police said he is considered a high risk to reoffend. Police said all children are at risk. After being released from custody in 2017, Badour is subject to supervised probation until April of 2020. He has previously lived in Guelph andRead More


‘We don’t believe we’re on a spinning ball’: Flat earthers in Edmonton

‘We don’t believe we’re on a spinning ball’: Flat earthers in Edmonton

An estimated 250 people converged on West Edmonton Mall’s Fantasyland Hotel Thursday, for the first of a two-day conference on an issue that was settled by science hundreds of years ago. The event is billed as the first Canadian Flat Earth International Conference. Organizers said within the room, there were a number of differing views about the nature of the world we call home. “You’re going to find so many various beliefs here, but the one thing that we all kind of agree on is that we don’t believe we’reRead More


Two alarm fire in northeast community of Taradale displaces 21 people and destroys three homes

Two alarm fire in northeast community of Taradale displaces 21 people and destroys three homes

Three homes were destroyed in a fire in the northeast community of Taradale.   The fire broke out along the 200 block of Tara Vista Drive around 5:15 Monday afternoon. The Calgary Fire Department responded after several calls come into 9-11. “Crews arrived to find the structure fully involved due to the wind and amount of fire started to spread to structures on either side,” says Battalion Chief Alistair Robin. “I was driving by and saw a lot of smoke coming out from these houses and they burned in threeRead More


Tourist apparently shot in head while driving in Alberta

Alberta RCMP, RCMP

A German tourist visiting Canada was airlifted to hospital after apparently being shot in the head while driving near Morley, Alta. Alberta RCMP are investigating the incident, which happened just before noon Thursday and left three family members in the 60-year-old man’s car with minor injuries when he drove off the road and struck a pole. The man sustained what officials said “appears to be a head wound from a firearm.” “The male was in a vehicle, driving west on Highway 1A when he received this injury, causing his vehicleRead More


Needles, trash ruining Barrie pond

Needles, trash ruining Barrie pond

Everything from needles, to household items to trash, is being found at Milligan’s Pond in Barrie, and residents are calling on the city for a big cleanup.   One resident took photos of large piles of trash left at the pond in Barrie this weekend. The photos caught the attention of many who live in the area. “This used to be a little haven, for people to bring their children, for people to read their books, and just spend time here. Now as you can see, there is no children,”Read More


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

Box Office

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


Vehicle involved in rest step stabbing recovered, suspect still at large

RCMP, Dickson Stevenson Rest Stop, stabbing, Highw

Police continue to investigate an incident at a rest stop north of Airdrie that sent a man to hospital with stab wounds on Sunday afternoon and say they have recovered a vehicle that was used to flee the scene. Police responded to the Dickson Stevenson rest stop on Highway 2, south of Highway 72, at about 5:20 p.m. for an incident that was originally reported as a shooting. A man sustained stab wounds and was taken to hospital from the scene. The suspect fled the area in a black, BuickRead More


Doubt about North Korean denuclearization shadow Pompeo trip

Doubt about North Korean denuclearization shadow Pompeo trip

Kim Tong-Hyung and Hyung-Jin Kim, The Associated Press Published Monday, July 2, 2018 9:57PM EDT SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — Three weeks after the U.S.-North Korea summit and ahead of an impending trip to North Korea by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a leaked U.S. intelligence report and an analysis of satellite data suggest the North may be continuing its nuclear and missile activities despite a pledge to denuclearize. North Korea has been showering the United States and South Korea with goodwill gestures in recent months, including the shutdownRead More