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Downpour drenches Atlantic Canada, leading to flooding, power outages

Downpour drenches Atlantic Canada, leading to flooding, power outages

Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press Published Saturday, January 13, 2018 11:41AM EST Last Updated Saturday, January 13, 2018 9:33PM EST HALIFAX — Much of Atlantic Canada is being pummelled with heavy winds and a downpour on Saturday, swamping some areas with extensive flooding and causing two Newfoundland towns to declare a state of emergency. Environment Canada said a low-pressure system slowly tracked across the East Coast on Saturday, drenching the region in heavy rains. In southern New Brunswick, total rainfall amounts had exceeded 50 millimetres in some areas by SaturdayRead More


Canada’s top soldier talks North Korea, ISIS and military suicides in year-end interview

It’s been a busy year for Canada’s military. North Korea conducted 23 missile tests this year, three of which were inter-continental ballistic missiles that the rogue nation claims have the ability to strike anywhere in North America. In Iraq, political turmoil has forced Canadian Special Operation Forces soldiers to halt their “advise-and-assist” co-operation with Kurdish and Iraqi soldiers. Dozens of service members found guilty of sexual misconduct were forced out of the military. All the while, the Canadian Forces have been working to reduce the rate of military suicide, aRead More


A&W gives $5 million to new U of S agriculture centre

Fast-food giant A&W is giving $5 million to a new University of Saskatchewan agriculture centre near Clavet. The Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence will focus on livestock education for both agriculture and veterinary students. Ryder Lee, CEO of the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association, said the new facility will put Canada ahead in beef production. “If you’re just doing it the same old way and making the same stuff, everybody else will move ahead and they’ll out-compete you,” Lee said. A few months ago, Premier Brad Wall had some beef withRead More


PM Trudeau apologizes for LGBTQ discrimination by federal agencies

The Canadian Press Published Tuesday, November 28, 2017 3:00PM EST Last Updated Tuesday, November 28, 2017 4:26PM EST OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is apologizing on behalf of the federal government for perpetrating decades of discrimination against members of the LGBTQ community.     “This is the devastating story of people who were branded criminals by the government — people who lost their livelihoods, and in some cases, their lives,” Trudeau said. “These aren’t distant practices of governments long forgotten. This happened systematically, in Canada, with a timeline moreRead More


Woman’s body discovered following kitchen fire

Montreal police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was discovered after an apartment fire. The fire broke out around 11 a.m. in a building on Guimond St. near Letourneux Ave. and was quickly extinguished. Firefighters determined the fire began in the kitchen, and once the flames were out discovered the woman’s body. She has been identified as a 58-year-old woman although her name has not been released. An autopsy will be performed to determine if the woman died while cooking, or if her death came after theRead More


Kitchener debt load down 30% from peak levels

Ryan Flanagan, CTV Kitchener Published Monday, November 27, 2017 6:06PM EST Last Updated Monday, November 27, 2017 6:52PM EST If you think the idea of a government reducing its debt load sounds like some sort of absurdist fantasy, then you might want to pay a little more attention to what’s happening in your own backyard. The City of Kitchener’s debt levels peaked earlier this decade at $112 million, or about $1,200 for every household in the city. The city has spent the past five years paying off the debt, toRead More


Spotting Toronto in Meghan Markle’s TV show ‘Suits’

The Canadian Press Published Monday, November 27, 2017 12:19PM EST Last Updated Monday, November 27, 2017 2:53PM EST TORONTO — Before she was linked to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle became known to Canadians through her role on the TV legal drama “Suits” and as a pitchwoman for Canadian retailer Reitmans. Markle moved to Toronto to play Rachel Zane in the long-running USA Network/Bravo series, which recently wrapped its seventh season. While Markle’s Zane and the other main characters are supposed to be based in Manhattan, Toronto’s streets and hot spotsRead 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


Hajrullahu kicks late field goal, Argos stun Stamps to win Grey Cup

The Canadian Press Published Sunday, November 26, 2017 10:17PM EST Last Updated Sunday, November 26, 2017 10:20PM EST OTTAWA — Lirim Hajrullahu kicked a 32-yard field goal with 53 seconds left shortly after Toronto tied the game on Cassius Vaughn’s Grey Cup-record 109-yard fumble return, and the Argonauts stunned the Calgary Stampeders 27-24 in the 105th Grey Cup final. The Stampeders had an eight-point lead and the ball inside the Toronto 10-yard line with just over five minutes to play. But Kamar Jorden fumbled, and Vaughn recovered and sped toRead More


New Democrat private member’s bill would regulate gas prices

An Ontario New Democrat is proposing a private member’s bill that would regulate gas prices. Gilles Bisson will introduce a bill next week that would allow the Ontario Energy Board to control both the retail price and wholesale mark-up of petroleum products in the province. He says communities in Ontario can have a 40-cent difference in price on the same day, and that’s not fair to consumers. Bisson says there would still be some regional differences, to account for fuel transportation costs, but not nearly as large as drivers seeRead More