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Fourth snow removal operation of winter to begin Sunday night

Snow banks Montreal

Montreal’s last major snow removal operation wasn’t even done and now it needs a new one. After Saturday’s snowfall, which left over 30 centimetres of powder on the city, the city will begin clearing the snow at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday. According to a statement issued by City Hall, the operation will take at least five days to be complete. Jean-Francois Parenteau, the city’s manager for citizen services, urged Montrealers to be cautious around snow removal machinery. “We are also asking motorists to respect the parking bans that will beRead 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


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


Charges stayed in ‘Surrey Six’ slayings, judge seals reasons for decision

Laura Kane, The Canadian Press Published Friday, December 1, 2017 5:43PM EST Last Updated Friday, December 1, 2017 7:43PM EST VANCOUVER — A trial stemming from the murders of six people in British Columbia has fallen apart after a judge stayed charges against a man Friday, referencing misplaced evidence, the testimony of a confidential informer and the fair trial rights of the accused in her decision. Jamie Bacon was accused of the first-degree murder of 21-year-old Corey Lal, one of six people murdered in a highrise apartment in October 2007Read More


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle make first official joint tour

LONDON – Prince Harry and his fiancee, Meghan Markle, are taking part in their first official visit together, choosing to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS with a visit to a youth project in Nottingham. The trip to central England is the first official engagement for Harry and the American actress since they announced earlier this week that they would wed. They plan to tour Britain in the next six months to give Markle an opportunity to learn about the country. The prince has long championed AIDS charities, following in the footstepsRead More


RCMP investigating assault at Sherwood Park pub

Police east of Edmonton are trying to identify the suspect in an assault at a pub that left a man in his 60s unconscious. Strathcona County RCMP said on Friday, October 20, at about 9:17 p.m., a 61-year-old man was assaulted in the washroom at Caffrey’s Pub, located on Wye Road, in Sherwood Park. Police said the man was in the washroom when another man entered, attacked him, and left the washroom. The victim was later found unconscious on the floor. The suspect left the pub immediately. RCMP said theRead More


The silence after the blast: How the Halifax Explosion was nearly forgotten

Brett Bundale, THE CANADIAN PRESS Published Thursday, November 30, 2017 11:45AM AST HALIFAX — A boy presses his small face up to a cold window pane. It’s an early winter morning, and two ships in Halifax harbour are exchanging a cacophony of horn blasts. Vessels use these loud whistles as they pass, the boy’s mom explains. But today, Dec. 6, 1917, they do not pass. The Norwegian relief vessel, the SS Imo, collides with a French munitions ship laden with explosives, the SS Mont Blanc. For 19-1/2 minutes, a dazzlingRead More


Sask. government gives financial update

CTV Regina Published Wednesday, November 29, 2017 7:00PM CST Last Updated Wednesday, November 29, 2017 7:07PM CST The last provincial budget saw some major cuts, leaving the province to make some tough decisions to make up for lost revenue. The government is now giving an update on its financial situation. The Finance Minister has said things are back on track, but Saskatchewan is projected to end its fiscal year $679 million short. “Our budget is on track. We haven’t lost ground in this budget,” said Donna Harpauer, Minister of Finance.Read More


Eye tattooing, eye jewelry implants to be banned in Ontario

Eyeball tattooing and implanting eye jewelry will soon be banned in Ontario after health professionals urged action to prevent the dangerous procedures. The provincial government has amended a health-care bill before the legislature — Bill 160 — to include banning eyeball tattooing, unless performed by a member of a regulated health profession, as well as barring the implantation of eye jewelry under the conjunctiva. Medical professionals recently asked a legislative committee to ban the practices as they continue to increase in popularity, saying it’s difficult to engage in the proceduresRead More


Union concerned about safety and mental health of correctional officers

The president of the Prairies Region Union of Canadian Correctional Officers says more than a third of its members at Saskatoon’s Regional Psychiatric Centre are on leave. James Bloomfield says 55 of the 130 correctional officers at the facility are off work for stress, medical reasons or workplace injuries. He also says the number of assaults on officers has increased since August, when Correctional Service Canada changed its segregation policy so inmates with a serious mental illness cannot be placed in segregation. According to the CSC website, the changes includeRead More