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High court says libel suit against Israeli newspaper should be heard in Israel

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OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada says a Canadian businessman who claims he was defamed by an Israeli newspaper will have to pursue his libel case in Israel. Mitchell Goldhar, who owns a soccer team based in Tel Aviv, filed a defamation suit in 2011 against Israel’s oldest newspaper, Haaretz, over an article about his management style and business practices. The story appeared in print and on the newspaper’s Hebrew and English-language websites. Lower courts in Canada said Goldhar’s suit could proceed here, but in a 6-3 ruling, theRead More


Public inquiry sparked by Wettlaufer case begins today in Ontario

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The Canadian Press Published Tuesday, June 5, 2018 5:12AM EDT Last Updated Tuesday, June 5, 2018 5:20AM EDT ST. THOMAS, Ont. — A public inquiry examining the circumstances that allowed a long-term care nurse to kill elderly patients in her care is set to get underway today in St. Thomas, Ont. The inquiry, led by Ontario Court of Appeal judge Eileen Gillese, will examine systemic factors that allowed Elizabeth Wettlaufer to inject more than a dozen patients with overdoses of insulin while working at long-term care homes and private residencesRead More


PC Leader Ford’s lack of platform attacked at debate by NDP and Liberal leaders

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TORONTO — Doug Ford came under repeated attack from both the NDP and Liberal leaders during Sunday’s provincial election debate for not yet presenting a full platform, when Ontarians are already casting their ballots in advanced polls. Recent polls have suggested the NDP has surpassed Ford’s Progressive Conservatives in popular support, which also made party leader Andrea Horwath a target in the third and final televised debate of the campaign. But she shot back at Ford after he slammed the NDP over an error in the party’s platform that meansRead More


‘The beauty of our land is going to be drastically changed’: Wildfire evacuees worry about community left behind

'The beauty of our land is going to be drastically changed': Wildfire evacuees worry about community left behind

As the evacuation of Little Grand Rapids, Man. winds down residents from the community are left worried about their community. A total of around 1100 people from Little Grand Rapids and the nearby Pauingassi First Nation had to be flown to Winnipeg due to a large wildfire burning out of control near the two communities. As of Thursday afternoon the Canadian Red Cross said 18 people remained in Little Grand Rapids while 219 people still required transportation out of Pauingassi. The Red Cross expected Thursday afternoon that everyone would beRead More


‘Foolishness’: Stevie Wonder likens Kanye slavery comments to denying Holocaust

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – Stevie Wonder has called out Kanye West for saying slavery is a choice, calling the idea “foolishness” and likening it to Holocaust denial. Wonder brought up West without prompting during an interview Thursday after a show at a West Hollywood club. “There’s been a lot of talk about what was said by Kanye,” Wonder said. “I want people to understand that the truth is the truth and a lie is a lie. “We all know that slavery was not a choice,” he went on. “So IRead More


Flaming rabbit blamed for sparking Saskatchewan wildfire

Flaming rabbit blamed for sparking Saskatchewan wildfire

Two schools on a Saskatchewan First Nation were evacuated Monday after a controlled blaze suddenly erupted into a wildfire. The cause of the chaos, officials believe, was a flaming rabbit. The planned fire was carried out by a fire department on Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation, about 90 kilometres north of Saskatoon. But when fire officials thought their controlled blaze was over, it suddenly reignited, according to councilor Kevin Seesequasis, who oversees emergency management in the community. “Unfortunately, after a controlled burn was conducted and thought-to-be extinguished, a rabbit-on-fire (yes,Read More


Fire ban implemented in Corman Park following grass fires

Fire ban implemented in Corman Park following grass fires

The RM of Corman Park is implementing a fire ban after two major fires over the weekend. On Saturday, a controlled burn quickly became unmanageable as dry conditions fueled the flames. Saskatoon fire crews responded to a large grass fire near Auction Mart Road. The fire threatened three homes. Two were saved by crews, but one had extensive damages. Then on Sunday, a house fire on an acreage in the RM of Blucher quickly spread. Winds gusting between 35 to 40 km/hr pushed the fire towards three homes to theRead More


City is ‘proud’ it appears to be cleaner, but still needs help

City is ‘proud’ it appears to be cleaner, but still needs help

The snow is all gone but it’s left a few things behind: winter grime, dirt and garbage. They’re all visible on sidewalks and greenspaces, and the City of Edmonton is asking people to pull together to clean up. “The city cannot do it all. The city is getting bigger; we have a limited number of staff who can deal with that problem,” Don Belanger, who helps run Capital City Clean Up (CCCU), said. CCCU is recruiting volunteers for its annual clean up events. People can pick up kits with suppliesRead More


B.C.’s 2017 wildfires have the potential to flare up this spring: Forest Service

Elephant Hill wildfire

KAMLOOPS, B.C. — The BC Wildfire Service is warning that hotspots left by last year’s massive wildfires in British Columbia’s southern Interior have the potential to flare up as temperatures climb this spring. The wildfire service says in a release that so-called “overwintering” fires could emerge. The service says it is monitoring previous wildfire areas because an overwintering fire can occur when a blaze that burned deep underground has continued to smoulder through the winter. It says given last summer’s drought and the intensity of some of the 2017 wildfires,Read More


Workplace substance-use policies would help Canadians: report

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VANCOUVER – Not enough companies have comprehensive substance-use policies and those that provide them offer inadequate measures to help struggling employees, the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction says in a report aimed at bringing awareness to workplace practices before marijuana is legalized this summer. Loss of productivity, absenteeism and increased costs are just some of the outcomes of unaddressed substance-use issues, says the report based on a review of about 800 companies, 35 publicly available policies, interviews with a dozen experts on their company policies and responses toRead More