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Ontario NDP leader wouldn’t introduce corner store sale of beer and wine

Andrea Horwath

The current system of restricted retail beer and wine sales in Ontario works well and is socially responsible, New Democrat Leader Andrea Horwath said Saturday. Campaigning in Thunder Bay, Ont., Horwath said there’s no need to allow convenience stores to carry the products — a perennially favoured if never-implemented idea that once helped propel the Liberals to office in the mid-1980s. “I’m going to be straight up about it: I don’t think we need to have beer and wine in the corner stores,” Horwath said. “I don’t think this isRead More

New vape packaging rules ‘grey’: Saskatoon vape shop manager

Brennden MacKenzie

A Saskatoon vape shop manager wants more clarity when it comes to new rules for vape product packaging. The federal government recently passed legislation that will restrict how vaping products are sold, labelled, manufactured and promoted. The new bill will ban companies from promoting “confectionery” vape-juice flavours — which include flavours pertaining to desserts and soft drinks that are believed to appeal to youth. “The wording is grey. It’s basically saying candy flavours, but would that mean orange juice, apple juice? Or would it mean pop drinks, like Coca-Cola?” BrenndenRead More

Vandal hits Ottawa Buddha statue again

Buddha statue in front of Heron Road Temple.

Ottawa Police are investigating another attack on a Buddha statue outside the Buddhist temple on Heron Road.  This time, the vandalism was captured on surveillance tape.  It shows a man approaching the statue with a stick Wednesday night and smashing it repeatedly.  The monks at the Hilda Jayawardenaramaya Buddhist Temple say they don’t understand why someone would do this. “We are not here to spread hatred or anything else but peace and happiness,” says Bhante Jinananda, “I think one or two people are mad at this and try to revengeRead More

Impaired driver crashes stolen school bus on Hwy. 26: OPP

OPP sign generic

Police say a drunken man stole a school bus and crashed into a sign at a roundabout on Highway 26. Emergency crews were called to the Mosley Street roundabout, just west of Stayner, for a single-vehicle crash on Wednesday night. According to the OPP, the school bus crashed into a light pole and a sign. The driver of the bus was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police say the school bus was stolen, and the driver, a 56-year-old Clearview Township man, was impaired. The accused now faces eightRead More

CBC/Radio Canada warns employees their financial info may be at risk after theft


Thousands of employees of Canada’s public broadcaster are being warned their personal information may have been compromised after a recent computer theft, the CBC said Wednesday. “The stolen equipment, while password protected, may contain electronic files, including some personal financial information” of people who recently worked for the CBC and Radio-Canada, the Crown corporation’s chief financial officer said in an email. Around 20,000 people could be affected, including current employees, outside contractors and some former employees who worked over the last 18 months, the broadcaster confirmed. But a CBC spokesmanRead More

Humboldt Broncos and league face off over Humboldt Strong trademark

Humboldt Broncos and league face off over Humboldt Strong trademark

The Humboldt Broncos hockey team is facing off with the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League over the slogan Humboldt Strong and several others. After the deadly bus crash on April 6 that killed 16 people and injured 13 others, people across the country showed their support using the phrase “Humboldt Strong” and putting hockey sticks out on the porch. The president of SJHL, Bill Chow, said he wanted to protect the hashtags #HumboldtStrong, #SticksonthePorch, and seven others, by applying for trademark. Chow said the league controls all proprietary rights and broadcastRead More

Woman found dead at roadside IDed; death considered suspicious

OPP cruisers in Vanastra, Ont.

A woman found dead at the side of a road in Huron County had been reported missing a few hours earlier, police say. The woman’s body was found Wednesday morning on Front Road near Vanastra, south of Clinton. She was identified Thursday as Laura Wigelsworth, a 27-year-old Vanastra resident. Huron County OPP say she had been reported missing Wednesday night, after failing to return home from an evening walk. Wigelsworth’s death is being treated as suspicious. Police hoped a post-mortem examination, which was expected to take place Friday, would helpRead More

High court will hear case on citizenship of Russian spy kids

Donald Heathfield and Tracey Lee Ann Foley

OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada will settle the controversy of whether the Toronto-born sons of Russian spies are actually Canadian citizens. A high court decision today grants the federal government a chance to fight a Federal Court of Appeal ruling that effectively affirmed the citizenship of Alexander and Timothy Vavilov. The Vavilov brothers were born in the 1990s to parents using the aliases Donald Heathfield and Tracey Ann Foley. The parents were arrested eight years ago in the United States and indicted on charges of conspiring to actRead More

Ban on owning animals, probation for B.C. breeder guilty of animal cruelty

Ban on owning animals, probation for B.C. breeder guilty of animal cruelty

A woman in Surrey, B.C. has been found guilty of causing distress to animals more than two years after her breeding and boarding facility was raided by the BC SPCA and dozens of animals were seized. The animal welfare agency confiscated more than 80 animals, mostly cats, from Ivy Zhou’s business in Surrey’s Cloverdale area in February 2016. The BC SPCA said all of the animals required medical treatment and some of them were in critical distress and had to be euthanized as a result. Adrian Walton, a veterinarian whoRead More

Dry weather prompts watering and fire ban in Niverville


Extreme dry weather conditions prompted one Manitoba town to issue both a fire ban and a watering ban. The town of Niverville said as a result of excessive lawn watering in these conditions, the town’s water reservoir is at an extremely low level. Niverville residents who receive their water from the Spruce Drive Water Treatment Plant are not permitted to water their lawns or gardens. Meanwhile all open air fires are banned, including fire pits, burning of garden refuse and crop residue. The town says due to the seriousness ofRead More