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Pedestrian seriously injured in Barrie hit-and-run

Barrie police

Police want to speak with anyone who witnessed a hit-and-run collision that seriously injured a pedestrian in Barrie. The 53-year-old man was returning to his vehicle after helping another motorist when he was struck in the area of Huronia Road and McKay Road. This happened at around 12:30 a.m. on Friday. Barrie police says the driver stopped momentarily and then left the scene. The vehicle is described as a dark-coloured hatchback, which might have damage to its front end. The man was taken to hospital with serious injuries. Anyone withRead More

Four charged in death of man whose body was found in Sturgeon County

Kevin Dean Damien Yellowbird

RCMP said Friday that four people were facing charges in the death of a man, whose body was found in a rural area north of Edmonton in October, 2017. The investigation started after the body of Kevin Dean Yellowbird, 27, was found on October 17, in rural Sturgeon County. RCMP said investigators arrested and charged the four male suspects on February 15. The four Edmonton men: Sterling Devon Martin McGilvery, 24, Skylar Taurus McGilvary, 21, Tyler Edmonton Fischer, 31, and Cougar Dominique Fafard, 24, are jointly charged with one countRead More

Margaret Atwood takes to Twitter to defend herself after ‘MeToo’ op-ed

Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood has taken to Twitter to defend herself after writing a controversial op-ed in which she wondered if she was a “bad feminist” for questioning the tactics of the #MeToo movement. In a piece published Saturday in The Globe and Mail, Atwood called #MeToo “a symptom of a broken legal system”. The op-ed drew sharp criticism from some observers, who were angered by what they saw as a betrayal of feminist values by an author who has long been interested in examining and questioning power structures that subjugate women.Read More

Red Deer RCMP look for public assistance to ID suspects in criminal harassment file

Red Deer harassment

Red Deer RCMP are looking for assistance in identifying a man and woman who for the last three years have been anonymously mailing offensive material of a sexual nature to a Red Deer man. The suspects were captured on surveillance cameras mailing the offensive material from a Red Deer grocery store post office on December 8, and RCMP believe they may have mailed similar material to other targets this year, as well. The victim does not recognize either suspect, and isn’t aware of any reason why he has been targeted.Read More

Trump denies he used vulgarity to describe African countries

Trump denies he used vulgarity to describe African countries

Alan Fram and Jonathan Lemire, The Associated Press Published Friday, January 12, 2018 7:52AM EST Last Updated Friday, January 12, 2018 8:14AM EST Warning: This story contains vulgar language HL:Trump denies he used vulgarity to describe African countries@ WASHINGTON — In bluntly vulgar language, President Donald Trump questioned Thursday why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and “shithole countries” in Africa rather than places like Norway, as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, according to people briefed on the extraordinary Oval Office conversation. Trump on Friday denied usingRead More

Canadian Kennel Club seeking to add 12 more dog breeds


Cassandra Szklarski, The Canadian Press Published Thursday, January 11, 2018 11:01PM EST TORONTO — Two dog breeds recently added to the American Kennel Club’s pack are not recognized north of the border, but the Canadian Kennel Club is hoping to add 12 others that are gaining popularity with dog lovers. Andrew Patton, spokesman for Canada’s primary registry for purebred dogs, says 2018’s incoming class could include the Portuguese sheepdog, Tibetan mastiff, rat terrier and Spanish water dog, if they get the stamp of approval from Agriculture Canada. But they don’tRead More

Neighbours take B.C. condo owner to court over allegations of prostitution

B.C. Supreme Court

Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press Published Wednesday, January 10, 2018 6:44PM EST VANCOUVER — A condo owner has been ordered to stop using his property for business purposes — including alleged “prostitution related activities” — after his neighbours went to court armed with evidence they put together through dedicated sleuthing. Court documents say residents of the building in Burnaby, B.C., started raising concerns in August 2015 about visitors and disturbances at a unit owned by Christopher Nino Diopita. In a petition filed with the Supreme Court of British Columbia, neighboursRead More

Tailored response in Alberta, Ontario, B.C. for South Asians addicted to opioids


Camille Bains, The Canadian Press Published Wednesday, January 10, 2018 12:19PM EST VANCOUVER — A medical clinic in British Columbia and a social service agency in Alberta are set to expand their programs to meet the often-hidden and growing problem of South Asians battling addiction to opioids. The Roshni Clinic opened last spring in Surrey to provide services for South Asian clients addicted to alcohol and stimulants including amphetamine and cocaine. But more programs will be offered in the coming months to deal with the use of opioids such asRead More

Canine flu in Canada: What dog owners need to know

Canine flu in Canada: What dog owners need to know

With two rescue dogs brought to Canada being diagnosed with what are believed to be the country’s first cases of dog flu, dog owners are being warned to keep an eye out for the highly contagious virus. Although there is no human risk from canine influenza, the arrival of the virus does present a few concerns for pooches and the humans who love them. Here’s what they need to know. What is canine influenza and how did it get to Canada? Canine influenza, or dog flu, is similar to theRead More

Drug trafficking leads to jail time for Windsor man

CTV Windsor Published Tuesday, January 9, 2018 5:06PM EST Last Updated Tuesday, January 9, 2018 5:26PM EST A Windsor man is headed to jail for drug trafficking. Kevin Lewis, 30, was sentenced Tuesday to 12 months in jail after pleading guilty to possession of drug trafficking in October. Lewis was among 10 people charged following a cross border investigation into the importation and distribution of illegal guns into Ontario from the United States. “Project Kirby” began in 2015 with members of the OPP, the Organized Crime Enforcement Nureau and theRead More