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Efforts underway to break up ice jams that flooded Quebec City neighbourhood

Canadian Coast Guard

QUEBEC — Authorities warned Monday there could be more evacuations after weekend flooding forced residents out of about 40 homes in a Quebec city neighbourhood. Heavy equipment had to be brought in to help break up ice jams on the St. Charles River which have been blamed for the flooding. Backhoes were being used to reduce one major ice jam that is more than 100 metres long. Michel Therrien, a Quebec civil protection spokesman, said people living in 30 other residences were advised they may also need to evacuate theirRead More


PUB approves MPI rates panned by Uber and Lyft

UBER

Uber and Lyft might not be rolling into Winnipeg, for now. The Public Utilities Board has approved Manitoba Public Insurance’s rates for companies like Uber and Lyft. The model will see ride sharing drivers pay an add on to their insurance based on how many time bands they select during the day. READ MORE: ‘Find the road to yes’: Bowman calling on MPI to help pave the way for ride sharing MPI has said this system is flexible and prevents other vehicle classes from subsidizing ride sharing vehicles. Uber hasRead More


Racial firestorm surrounds Trump at Martin Luther King Jr. holiday

Bernice King, the daughter of MLK Jr.

Errin Haines Whack, The Associated Press Published Saturday, January 13, 2018 10:56PM EST ATLANTA — The first Martin Luther King Jr. holiday of Donald Trump’s presidency is taking place amid a racial firestorm of Trump’s own making. In the same week that he honoured King by making a national park out of the ground where King was born and preached until his death, Trump denigrated practically the entire African diaspora, and left many Americans headed into the civil rights icon’s birthday convinced that the leader of their country is aRead More


Accused in attacks fit to stand trial, but second assessment not yet complete

Abdulahi Hasan Sharif

The man accused in the Sept. 30 attacks in Edmonton has been found fit to stand trial, although an assessment on his mental state at the time of the alleged assaults has not been completed. Abdulahi Hasan Sharif appeared in court Friday on the 11 charges he faced in connection to the attack – where an Edmonton Police Service officer was hit by a vehicle and then stabbed, and hours later, a cube van hit four people in the downtown core. His lawyer told court Friday an assessment found SharifRead More


Calgary researchers investigate effect of second-hand pot smoke

Scientists at the University of Calgary have found that you can feel the effects of marijuana just by being in the same room as a pot smoker even without taking a puff for yourself. Researchers at U of C’s Cumming School of Medicine conducted a four month study into second-hand marijuana smoke and discovered that in just a short time, non-smokers begin to absorb THC while in close proximity to a marijuana smoker. The study was comprised of data from eight existing studies that looked at healthy participants in aRead More


Sportsnet analyst Gregg Zaun terminated over ‘inappropriate behaviour’

Kayla Goodfield, CTV News Toronto Published Thursday, November 30, 2017 7:36PM EST Last Updated Thursday, November 30, 2017 8:32PM EST Former baseball player and Sportsnet Blue Jays analyst Gregg Zaun’s contract has been terminated by Rogers Media over “inappropriate behaviour.” The communications company said Zaun’s termination was effective immediately in a statement released on Thursday. “This week we received complaints from multiple female employees at Sportsnet regarding inappropriate behaviour and comments by Gregg Zaun in the workplace,” President of Rogers Media Rick Brace said in the statement. “After investigating theRead More


Analyst Gregg Zaun fired from Sportsnet for ‘inappropriate behaviour’

The Canadian Press Published Thursday, November 30, 2017 7:18PM EST Last Updated Thursday, November 30, 2017 9:13PM EST TORONTO — Gregg Zaun has been fired from Sportsnet due to “inappropriate behaviour and comments” toward female employees. Rick Brace, President of Rogers Media, said in a statement Thursday that the company was terminating the contract of the MLB studio analyst effective immediately. “This week, we received complaints from multiple female employees at Sportsnet regarding inappropriate behaviour by Gregg Zaun in the workplace,” the statement said. “After investigating the matter, we decidedRead More


NBC fires Matt Lauer over ‘inappropriate’ workplace behaviour

David Bauder, The Associated Press Published Wednesday, November 29, 2017 7:08AM EST Last Updated Wednesday, November 29, 2017 8:18AM EST NEW YORK — NBC News has fired longtime “Today” show host Matt Lauer for “inappropriate sexual behaviour,” making him the second morning television show personality to lose his job because of sexual misconduct charges in a week. Lauer’s co-host Savannah Guthrie made the announcement at the top of Wednesday’s “Today” show. Last week, CBS News fired Charlie Rose after complaints from several women who worked for him. NBC News ChairmanRead More


Orillia residents share big ideas for their city

CTV Barrie Published Saturday, November 25, 2017 8:14PM EST Last Updated Saturday, November 25, 2017 8:16PM EST On Saturday Orillia residents had a chance to share some big ideas. The sunshine city hosted its third annual Sunshine Initiative, a three-part process where residents pitch ideas on how to make Orillia a better place. A music program for people with mental illness, a reuse centre at the landfill and a gathering place for those affected by the opioid crisis were just some of the ideas heard at the forum. The ideaRead More


Canadian screen industry to ‘move speedily’ on drafting new code of conduct

Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Published Friday, November 24, 2017 5:26PM EST TORONTO — Groups representing Canada’s screen and stage talent say they feel a sense of “urgency” in implementing a new collective approach to end sexual harassment, but they also want to get it right. Representatives from 16 organizations — including the actors’ union ACTRA, the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, and the Director’s Guild of Canada (DGC) — gathered with a moderator and a few lawyers Thursday in a five-hour, closed-door meeting in Toronto to discuss sexualRead More