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Former Ontario Tory leader Patrick Brown removed from caucus: interim leader

Patrick Brown

TORONTO — Former Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Patrick Brown has been removed from the party’s caucus just days before the legislature is set to resume. Interim leader Vic Fedeli, who had previously asked Brown to take a leave from caucus as he dealt with allegations of sexual misconduct, says the Barrie, Ont., politician was notified of the decision this morning. Brown resigned as Tory leader late last month amid the allegations reported by CTV News that he categorically denies. But questions remained about his role in the party and whetherRead More


‘These stories should be told’: ‘Black Panther’ claws its way into film history

'These stories should be told': 'Black Panther' claws its way into film history

“Black Panther” is poised to pull of one of the biggest premieres in the history of superhero movies, with an anticipated $165-million opening weekend and sold-out screenings across the globe. But it’s the film’s substance that’s guaranteed to be revolutionary. The movie, which officially premieres in Canada on Saturday, follows T’Challa, AKA the Black Panther, as he fights to retrieve a valuable artifact stolen from his country, the fictional African nation of Wakanda. The film has earned hype for its predominantly black cast and crew, including director Ryan Coogler, actressRead More


Flintstones multivitamins bottle found with unidentified capsules

Flintstones unidentified capsules

Health Canada has issued an advisory after a single bottle of Flintstones children’s multivitamins was found with unidentified capsules inside. According to Health Canada, an opened bottle of Flintstones Plus Iron vitamins was returned to a pharmacy in Longueuil, Que, in December, with unidentified capsules inside. The pharmacy promptly informed Health Canada. Health Canada asked Bayer, which manufactures the chewable vitamins, to investigate. Bayer concluded that the capsules in the bottle were not a product manufactured or sold by Bayer and that their discovery in the bottle was not dueRead More


Suspect attempts to light gas pump on fire in Ionview: police

Gas Pump

Chris Herhalt, CTV News Toronto Published Sunday, January 14, 2018 5:27PM EST Last Updated Sunday, January 14, 2018 5:28PM EST Police have released surveillance camera footage of a suspect who allegedly tried to set a gas pump on fire at a gas station in the Ionview area of Scarborough on Saturday afternoon. Toronto police say that at 12:25 p.m. on Saturday, they were called to a gas station in the area of Eglinton Avenue East and Ionview Road for a report of “disorderly” individuals nearby. Footage released Sunday shows aRead More


N.L. ‘mermaid men’ calendar raises $300,000 for mental health

merb'ys

The Canadian Press Published Sunday, January 14, 2018 2:32PM EST Last Updated Sunday, January 14, 2018 4:40PM EST ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — A calendar of bearded, mermaid-tailed Newfoundlanders has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for mental health. Last year, around 30 burly guys donned sparkly mermaid tails to pose as “merb’ys” — a portmanteau of “mermaid” and “b’y,” a Newfoundland term meaning “boy” or “buddy.” The whimsically dressed models posed by the sea, at a barber shop and in a pumpkin patch for the 2018 calendar. The Newfoundland andRead More


Calgary researchers investigate effect of second-hand pot smoke

Scientists at the University of Calgary have found that you can feel the effects of marijuana just by being in the same room as a pot smoker even without taking a puff for yourself. Researchers at U of C’s Cumming School of Medicine conducted a four month study into second-hand marijuana smoke and discovered that in just a short time, non-smokers begin to absorb THC while in close proximity to a marijuana smoker. The study was comprised of data from eight existing studies that looked at healthy participants in aRead More


Another WolfCop returning to theaters in Regina

A highly anticipated movie sequel is set to be released in Regina, as the beast is back in the Queen City. “Another WolfCop” premiers in select theatres around the world tomorrow, Friday, December 1, including in Regina’s Galaxy Cinema on 420 McCarthy Blvd N. “It’s a very modest little film about a man who’s looking for himself, who happens to be a werewolf and sometimes to find himself he has to go on the hockey rink and rip people apart,” said Lowell Dean, director and writer, during an interview onRead More


Trump’s far-right retweets spark calls for axing of U.K. visit

Jill Lawless, The Associated Press Published Wednesday, November 29, 2017 12:07PM EST Last Updated Wednesday, November 29, 2017 12:21PM EST LONDON — Outraged British opposition politicians demanded Wednesday that the government revoke an invitation to U.S. President Donald Trump after he retweeted videos posted by a leader of far-right group Britain First. The tiny extremist group, meanwhile, appeared delighted at the publicity boost from a leader with almost 44 million Twitter followers. Trump retweeted three videos from the account of deputy Britain First leader Jayda Fransen, purporting to show violenceRead More


Green party celebrates ‘absolutely astounding’ win in P.E.I.

CHARLOTTETOWN — The Green party has pulled off an unprecedented electoral victory in P.E.I., doubling its standings in the legislature and potentially signalling a surprising shift in the political landscape of Canada’s smallest province. The upstart party increased the number of its MLAs on the Island to two from one in a byelection Monday following the resignation of a Liberal cabinet minister last month. Hannah Bell, the 48-year-old head of a businesswomen’s association in Charlottetown, easily defeated the Liberal, NDP and Conservative candidates, suggesting a breakthrough for the party thatRead 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