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Court agrees to review decision to reopen ‘Serial’ case

Adnan Syed

BALTIMORE — Maryland’s highest court will review a decision to reopen a high-profile case for a man whose murder conviction was chronicled in the hit podcast “Serial.” Earlier this year, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals ordered a new trial for Adnan Syed, upholding a 2016 lower court ruling. But the state’s top court has now agreed to consider whether Syed’s murder conviction should be reinstated. A Thursday court document says the case will be set for argument during a December session. Syed was convicted in 2000 of killing hisRead More


Manitoba seeing 25% increase in road fatalities in 2018

Road fatalities

Road-related deaths have seen a sharp increase in 2018 according to some startling numbers out of Manitoba Public Insurance. This year there’s been around a 25 per cent uptick in fatalities compared to 2017. “We’re also seeing an increase in fatalities on weekends,” said Brian Smiley, the MPI media relations coordinator. According to Smiley, the increase in weekend road deaths is a trend they’ve been noticing over the past few years. He said some possible explanations for this pattern are the fact that there’s more driver on the road asRead More


How a free-to-use device can save you money on hydro

Tricklestar energy monitor

The Kitchener Wilmot Hydro and the Kitchener Public Library have teamed up to make energy consciousness more accessible. The library is signing out a plug-in energy device called a Tricklestar Energy Monitor. The device allows families to see how much energy something uses, and teaches kids about energy conservation. It can also tell you how much an appliance is costing you per hour, day and month, whether or not the device is on or just plugged in. The device can be used with any standard outlet for small appliances. ThingsRead More


Ontario PC government cancels $100 million school repair fund

Doug Ford

TORONTO — Ontario’s new Tory government has cancelled a $100-million fund earmarked for school repairs this year, a cut that comes as a result of Doug Ford’s campaign promise to scrap the province’s cap-and-trade system. School boards were notified on July 3 that the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund would be eliminated and that only work contracted on or before that date would be covered. The memo, obtained by The Canadian Press, advises school boards to stop spending the cash that was allocated in April immediately. “Please maintain detailed records ofRead More


Friday storm rips through Sask. campgrounds

A Friday night storm, caused damage to some Saskatchewan campgrounds. Picture courtesy of Terri Bjarnason.

A Friday night storm ripped through some Saskatchewan campgrounds on Friday night. Campers at Emma Lake, Murray Point and Morin Lake Regional Park awoke to destruction around their campgrounds. Thunder, heavy rain and intense plough winds made up the storm, with some uprooting trees that landedon trailers with people inside. Terri Bjarnason and her family were inside, when a tree fell on their camper. “It was really scary to see where exactly the tree fell compared to where I had been sitting. It’s right on the window where I hadRead More


Windsor company fined $75K after worker critically injured by beam

CMF Group

A Windsor contracting company has been fined $75,000 after a worker was critically injured by a beam while working. CMF Group Inc. was fined after the incident at Service Mold + Aerospace Inc.’s plant at 2711 St. Etienne Blvd. on Oct. 28, 2016. CMF workers were installing new milling machines. The Ministry of Labour says a beam being lifted into the air became unbalanced and slid, striking one of the workers and causing critical injuries to the worker. Following a guilty plea, CMF Group Inc. was fined $75,000 in WindsorRead More


More temporary fisheries closures ordered after right whale sighting

right whale

HALIFAX – The federal government has announced a temporary fisheries closure in the Bay of Fundy following a North Atlantic right whale sighting. The Fisheries Department says the area in Grand Manan Basin will be closed to fixed-gear fishing activities starting at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, and will remain closed until further notice. Ottawa says all gear must be removed from the area before the time of closure, and notice will be given prior to reopening. It says the closure affects lobster, crab, groundfish, herring and mackerel licences. A map ofRead More


Judge releases dashcam video of fatal crash after speeding driver’s acquittal

Dashcam video

A B.C. judge has released a dashcam video of a high-speed crash that killed a Vancouver doctor in 2015. The driver of the car was found to be going 119 km/h in a 50 km/h zone at the point of impact, but was acquitted in May of dangerous driving causing death. The November, 2015 video shows Ken Chung’s Audi collide with the passenger’s side of Dr. Alphonsus Hui’s small red Suzuki at an intersection. Hui, who was turning left at a green light en route to work, died at theRead More


Midtown Plaza plans $80M renovation for Sears space, requests tax abatement

A rendering from the City of Saskatoon website shows proposed plans for the former Sears space at Midtown Plaza. (supplied)

CTV Saskatoon Published Wednesday, June 13, 2018 7:40PM CST Last Updated Wednesday, June 13, 2018 7:45PM CST Managers at Midtown Plaza in Saskatoon’s downtown are hoping a tax abatement will help the mall cover the costs of a more than $80-million renovation plan for the former Sears space. The mall’s request for the tax abatement passed through a city committee Wednesday and now only needs to be approved by city council. “This isn’t about, you know, an ask to have taxes reduced. The plaza will still be paying millions ofRead More


Montreal’s Stroll collides with Hartley in first lap of Canadian Grand Prix

Lance Stroll

MONTREAL — Canadian Lance Stroll crashed with Toro Rossi’s Brendon Hartley on the first lap of the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday. The Montreal driver’s Williams punctured a tire and the car slid across the track and jammed the New Zealander’s car into a wall in a spectacular crash. Both cars were badly damaged but the drivers got out their cars apparently uninjured. The crash came shortly after what looked like a clean start to the 70-lap race. The incident brought the safety car onto the track. Stroll, 19, wasRead More