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Pulse growers call for C-49 amendments to clear grain backlog

Delays in rail shipments cause backlog of grain

Some farmers in the province are calling on the federal government to take action to clear up a grain backlog. Saskatchewan Pulse Growers are calling for amendments to Bill C-49, which regulates railways and how railways move grain. The group claims CN has supplied only 66 per cent of hopper cars ordered by grain shippers on time this year, and states the rail company has provided less than 50 per cent of rail car orders over the last four weeks. Ottawa introduced legislation a few years ago, during another grainRead More

Another national title for Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir

CTV Kitchener Published Saturday, January 13, 2018 6:20PM EST Last Updated Saturday, January 13, 2018 6:27PM EST Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir captured their eighth Canadian figure skating title Saturday. The pair scored 209.82 for their “Moulin Rouge” performance. Virtue, from London, and Moir, from Ilderton, are former members of the K-W Skating Club. They won gold at the 2010 Olympics but fell short in Sochi, placing 2nd overall. Virtue and Moir are hoping for a big comeback at this year’s Olympic Games. Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier of TorontoRead More

Ottawa Police lay charges in connection with reported fake Uber driver


Ottawa Police say they have laid charges in connection with reports of a fake Uber driver in the ByWard Market. Police were investigating reports that a man, sometimes posing as an Uber driver, would target women who were leaving bars late at night, or who appeared to be intoxicated, and would offer them rides home. Police say credit card or debit card information of some victims was stolen with a card-skimmer. At least one person has reported being sexually assaulted. Now, 37-year-old Sami Hassan Khreis is facing one count ofRead More

Weapons call prompts heavy police presence in Waterloo neighbourhood

Police presence

CTV Kitchener Published Thursday, January 11, 2018 9:46PM EST Last Updated Thursday, January 11, 2018 10:17PM EST Waterloo Regional Police were negotiating with a barricaded man in a Waterloo neighbourhood on Thursday evening. Police say they received a 911 call regarding weapons around 6 p.m. on Laurel Street and when they arrived a man had barricaded himself inside an apartment building. According to regional police, one person was taken to hospital with minor head injuries but it’s not clear how they were hurt. The emergency response team is on sceneRead More

Judge to give closing arguments to Lac-Megantic criminal-negligence trial

Tom Harding, Jean Demaitre, Richard Labrie

The Canadian Press Published Wednesday, January 10, 2018 7:08AM EST Last Updated Wednesday, January 10, 2018 7:09AM EST The judge at the Lac-Megantic criminal-negligence trial is to give his instructions to the jury Wednesday. Defence lawyers wrapped up their closing arguments Tuesday. Tom Harding, Richard Labrie and Jean Demaitre are charged with criminal negligence in the disaster that killed 47 people in July 2013 when a runaway train carrying crude derailed in Lac-Megantic and exploded. They have pleaded not guilty. Harding was the train’s engineer, Labrie the traffic controller andRead 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

Police release surveillance video of assault in illegal gaming den in Richmond Hill

York Regional Police have released surveillance video of an assault that happened in an illegal gaming den in Richmond Hill. The assault took place at a commercial plaza at 9005 Leslie St., around 2 p.m. on Friday, June. 9. However, the surveillance footage was released Friday afternoon. When officers arrived on the scene they found a 28-year-old man suffering from serious injuries. He was then taken to hospital. Investigators said the victim was confronted by a man over an outstanding debt. Police say they have “exhausted all leads” and areRead More

Jim Nabors, TV’s homespun Gomer Pyle and singer, dies at 87

Audrey McAvoy, The Associated Press Published Thursday, November 30, 2017 1:09PM EST Last Updated Thursday, November 30, 2017 1:46PM EST HONOLULU — Jim Nabors, the shy Alabaman whose down-home comedy made him a TV star as Gomer Pyle and whose surprisingly operatic voice kept him a favourite in Las Vegas and other showplaces, died Thursday. He was 87. Nabors, who underwent a liver transplant in 1994 after contracting hepatitis B, died peacefully at his home in Hawaii after his health had declined for the past year, said his husband, StanRead More

Calgary family shocked as glass dining table shatters without warning

A Calgary family says they were stunned when the glass dining room table they were sitting at suddenly shattered and sent pieces of glass hurtling through the air. Now they are trying to understand what happened. Earlier this week, Wasim Huq and his two children, aged 12 and 7, were sitting at the dining room table doing homework and eating lunch, when the table’s tempered glass top broke without warning from under them. Because the tabletop was made of tempered glass, the glass exploded into tiny cubes instead of shards,Read More

Cuba’s expected next president starts to take higher profile

Michael Weissenstein, The Associated Press Published Sunday, November 26, 2017 8:23PM EST HAVANA — The man widely seen as Cuba’s next president delivered a defiant rejection of demands for change in the island’s single-party system as he participated Sunday in the first in a series of elections expected to end with his taking over from Raul Castro next year. First Vice-President Miguel Diaz-Canel said the voting will deliver a message to the world. “What message? Unity. Conviction. A message that our people don’t bow down, not to a hurricane andRead More