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Assault on Halifax bus driver leads to charges

bus driver assault suspect

Halifax police have charged a man for an assault on a bus driver last Tuesday night.  Police say officers responded to the 5700 block of South Street for a report of a Halifax Transit bus driver who had been assaulted after he asked a passenger to pay the fare. “The suspect left prior to police arrival. The driver was treated by EHS at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries,” Halifax police said in a news release. The police released security camera stills of the suspect on Friday and later that day,Read More


Calls for legal side-by-side cycling after pickup truck crash hurts five

Calls for legal side-by-side cycling after pickup truck crash hurts five

A collision on a highway in Edmonton ended with five cyclists in hospital and others calling for a change to Alberta’s traffic laws. The five cyclists were part of a group of 15 travelling on the Sherwood Park Freeway Saturday morning as part of a weekly ride when they were hit from behind by a pickup truck. “It’s every cyclist’s nightmare,” Tiffany Baker of the Edmonton Road and Track Club told CTV Edmonton. “It is every club’s nightmare to know a group of cyclists went down during a group ride.”Read More


Questions persist after oil spill at Nova Scotia Power generating station

Nova Scotia Power cleans up oil spill

By Alex Cooke, THE CANADIAN PRESS Published Monday, August 6, 2018 5:34PM ADT Last Updated Monday, August 6, 2018 6:29PM ADT HALIFAX — An environmental activist says an oil spill in Halifax harbour might be a good opportunity for Nova Scotia Power to reconsider its use of crude oil. The utility said Tuesday it could be weeks before crews fully clean up about 5,000 litres of oil at the Tufts Cove generating station, and Ecology Action Centre policy director Mark Butler said he has questions about how the oil spilledRead More


Tourist apparently shot in head while driving in Alberta

Alberta RCMP, RCMP

A German tourist visiting Canada was airlifted to hospital after apparently being shot in the head while driving near Morley, Alta. Alberta RCMP are investigating the incident, which happened just before noon Thursday and left three family members in the 60-year-old man’s car with minor injuries when he drove off the road and struck a pole. The man sustained what officials said “appears to be a head wound from a firearm.” “The male was in a vehicle, driving west on Highway 1A when he received this injury, causing his vehicleRead More


Local reaction to Doug Ford’s plans to cancel regional chair elections

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Following Premier Doug Ford’s stunning announcement Friday in which he revealed plans to cancel several region chair election, implications are being felt in Muskoka, Peel and York Region.  Wayne Emmerson; appointed Regional Chairman and CEO of York in 2014 had previously withdrawn his candidacy when polls showed he likely wasn’t going to win.  “Unless you’re from the Vaughan, Markham or Richmond Hill areas, it’s hard to get to get those numbers out for support…when you look at it, it’s a popularity contest,” said Emmerson.  Now Emmerson’s back in the raceRead More


Wettlaufer inquiry commissioner says ‘gap’ existed between nursing watchdog, care home

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A communications “gap” existed between Ontario’s nursing watchdog and the care home where Elizabeth Wettlaufer killed several residents, the commissioner of a public inquiry said Wednesday as the two sides discussed why an investigation was never conducted into allegations the nurse was abusive to patients. Wettlaufer, 51, has confessed to murdering eight patients — and attempting to kill several more — over the course of nearly a decade by injecting them with overdoses of insulin at care homes and private residences across the province. She was disciplined several times byRead More


Man says he was attacked leaving Saskatoon mosque

Abu Shiek holds up a brick that was allegedly thrown through his front window, after he was attacked leaving his mosque.

Published Saturday, July 21, 2018 5:56PM CST Last Updated Saturday, July 21, 2018 6:53PM CST A Saskatoon man says that he was attacked walking home from his Mosque early in the morning on July 13. Abu Shiek says he was walking home after his morning prayers when a white truck jumped the sidewalk and accelerated towards him. “He was just trying to run me over,” said Shiek. “I had panic, fear.” He says he was able to duck for cover by pushing his body against the bush in front ofRead More


Search effort called off after unmanned canoe pulled from Bow River west of Cochrane

Empty canoe - Bow River

Members of the Cochrane RCMP detachment have released photographs of a canoe that was pulled from the Bow River on Friday afternoon in the hopes of identifying the owner of the boat and verifying their well-being. At approximately 4:40 p.m., officers were deployed to the boat launch near Highway 22 after someone reported an empty canoe in the river to 911. A STARS Air Ambulance helicopter provided aerial surveillance of the area but no one was located. RCMP had deployed three boats to scour the river upstream to Ghost RiverRead More


N.S. government adds HIV prevention drug to pharmacare program

Truvada pills for HIV

THE CANADIAN PRESS Published Friday, July 20, 2018 1:31PM ADT Last Updated Friday, July 20, 2018 1:39PM ADT HALIFAX — The Nova Scotia government says it will add a drug that helps prevent the HIV virus to the provincial pharmacare program. Pre-exposure prophylaxis — often referred to as PrEP — can be taken daily by people who are at a high-risk for HIV infection. The Department of Health and Wellness says eligibility criteria will be based on national guidelines and recommendations from the Canadian Drug Expert Committee. This announcement comesRead More


Rally and information picket planned for Tehumseh post office

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Postal workers at one Windsor-area location are prepared to take their concerns to the streets. Members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers Local 630 will be holding a community rally and information picket Monday morning at the Tecumseh Post Office from 8am to 11am. Organizers say the goal is to draw public awareness to what has been happening to their service over the last decade. The union says workers have been forced to work overtime to make up for the new business models Canada Post has been putting forwardRead More