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Third day of Lac-Megantic deliberations ends; no verdict reached

Lac-Megantic destruction

SHERBROOKE, Que. – The jurors at the trial of three men charged with criminal negligence causing death in the Lac-Megantic railway disaster will deliberate for a fourth day Sunday after failing to reach a verdict today. Day 3 of deliberations passed without any questions or messages from the 12 jurors. The jury is deciding the fate of Tom Harding, Richard Labrie and Jean Demaitre, who are charged in connection with the July 2013 tragedy in which 47 people were killed when a runaway train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded.Read More


Nova Scotia’s new immigration program lacks takers

Nova Scotia

Keith Doucette, The Canadian Press Published Thursday, January 11, 2018 3:46PM EST HALIFAX — Nova Scotia is lagging on a highly touted initiative aimed at boosting East Coast immigration, filling only a quarter of the province’s available slots last year. Provincial Immigration Minister Lena Diab said Thursday she remains optimistic the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Project will be a “wonderful tool,” and she’s confident Nova Scotia is doing the work needed to promote it. Launched last March, the project is aimed at attracting and retaining skilled immigrants for the workforce, asRead More


Montreal study shows effects of concussions on developing brains

Montreal study shows effects of concussions on developing brains

While much attention has been given to concussions and athletics in recent years, a new study conducted by researchers at Ste-Justine Hospital and the Universite de Montreal is shedding light on how they affect smaller people.   Ste-Justine researcher Miriam Beauchamp said concussions are more prevalent in preschoolers than they are in teenagers. “We also know that young children are quite vulnerable,” she said. “They’re in a really critical area of development.” Beauchamp and her team evaluated how developing brains were affected by injury. They said many affected children displayed changesRead More


Judge to give closing arguments to Lac-Megantic criminal-negligence trial

Tom Harding, Jean Demaitre, Richard Labrie

The Canadian Press Published Wednesday, January 10, 2018 7:08AM EST Last Updated Wednesday, January 10, 2018 7:09AM EST The judge at the Lac-Megantic criminal-negligence trial is to give his instructions to the jury Wednesday. Defence lawyers wrapped up their closing arguments Tuesday. Tom Harding, Richard Labrie and Jean Demaitre are charged with criminal negligence in the disaster that killed 47 people in July 2013 when a runaway train carrying crude derailed in Lac-Megantic and exploded. They have pleaded not guilty. Harding was the train’s engineer, Labrie the traffic controller andRead More


Winnipeg police union takes concerns about safe parking to provincial government

Downtown safety

The union representing Winnipeg police officers is taking concerns about a lack of safe parking for members’ personal vehicles to the provincial government. It comes after an off-duty officer was stabbed early last month going to his vehicle after leaving work at the downtown headquarters — which doesn’t have a parkade. And just two days ago, on Sunday morning, a man was arrested and charged after trying to rob an off-duty officer outside the downtown headquarters but the union doesn’t believe the victim in that incident was targeted because heRead More


Iconic Orillia landmark gets a fresh start

Phase one of the Sundial Lakeview Retirement Residence in Orillia had its official ribbon-cutting ceremony today. According to its new owners, the opening was several years in the making. “It’s been about a just a little over two and a half year journey from the purchase of the land, to the development, to the final completion,” says Yaseen Nimjee. It’s a four-storey, spacious modern design with one hundred suites. The residence is loaded with amenities like a theatre, game room, fitness centre and hair salon. “We feel we wanted toRead More


Shelburne man facing 24 charges after stolen SUV recovered

A Shelburne man is facing several charges after police recovered a stolen vehicle. A 2017 Ford Explorer had been reported stolen on Thursday after it was taken out of the owner’s driveway with valuables worth more than $5,000 inside. Police were able to identify the suspect within the first few hours of the investigation. Officers located the stolen SUV with the original suspect behind the wheel shortly before 1 a.m. Friday. The vehicle was recovered with no damage and a majority of the valuables were also recovered. Police say furtherRead More


Heather Graham turning Hollywood sexism complaints into film

Sandy Cohen, The Associated Press Published Thursday, November 30, 2017 12:00AM EST WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — Heather Graham says she was so frustrated by sexism and Hollywood and the dearth of female perspectives onscreen that she made a movie about it. She thought showing her experiences onscreen would be the only way to be heard in a system that favored the powerful and silenced the powerless. But that was before the flood of sexual misconduct allegations surfaced against Harvey Weinstein and other Hollywood power players. “My only recourse was writingRead More


Argonauts Grey Cup rally set for Tuesday afternoon

The Canadian Press Published Monday, November 27, 2017 11:13AM EST Last Updated Monday, November 27, 2017 11:14AM EST TORONTO — The Argonauts have touched down in Toronto with the Grey Cup in tow. Star quarterback Ricky Ray emerged from the team’s charter plane hoisting the coveted trophy. The team is returning from Ottawa following Sunday’s stunning 27-24 win over the favoured Calgary Stampeders. Ray says it was a quiet flight following a “good after party” Sunday night. It’s Toronto’s 17th Grey Cup, a CFL record. The team will celebrate theRead More


Three transported to hospital following Highway 2 crash south of Calgary

A 51-year-old man from High River was airlifted to the Foothills Medical Centre and his two passengers were transported to hospital by ground ambulance following an afternoon crash on northbound Highway 2 just south of Calgary city limits. According to EMS officials, emergency crews were called to the northbound lanes of the highway, near the division of Macleod Trail and Deerfoot Trail, at approximately 4:30 p.m. following reports of a rollover. A STARS Air Ambulance crew airlifted one patient, a 51-year-old man who was the driver of the car, fromRead More