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Sportmanship salvages paratrack racer's hopes in Edmonton

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 21:41

Ryan Shay was unaware of it, but by the time his plane had landed at the Edmonton his chance to medal at the National Track and Field Championships this weekend was all but over. Shay, 21, a paratrack wheelchair racer from Yarmouth, N.S., said his chair did not survive the Westjet flight. "As soon as I got here and checked my chair, the front forks were just bent and twisted a little bit - squished inwards -  so they're probably, it's beyond repair," he said.

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Terrebonne shooting leaves 2 seriously injured

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 21:34
Two people are seriously wounded after a shooting in Terrebonne late this afternoon.
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Smoke subsides after hazardous rail spill in Tennessee; thousands evacuated from nearby area

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 20:42

A CSX train car carrying hazardous material derailed and caught fire in the middle of the night in eastern Tennessee, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people and sending dozens to the hospital with respiratory issues and nausea. Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell said there were also concerns that the fumes contained cyanide, a byproduct of burning the chemical acrylonitrile, which was leaking from the train car. A manufacturing plant, Denso Manufacturing, closed down Thursday morning because of its proximity to the derailment, Blount County firefighter Kermit Easterling said.

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Miss USA pageant dropped by NBC goes to Reelz; no money for Donald Trump, CEO says

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 20:41

The Miss USA pageant, left without a TV home following blowback against co-owner Donald Trump over his comments on Mexican immigrants, has been rescued by the Reelz channel. While Reelz, which reaches 70 million homes, said it considered the interests of Miss USA contestants, the host city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and viewers in making its decision, it made no mention of Trump or the hot water he's found himself in since he announced his presidential bid in June. In an interview, Hubbard said the pageant is the issue, not Trump.

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Boy seriously injured in 8-storey plunge

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 20:15

A seven-year-old boy is in hospital after falling from an eighth floor window of a high-rise apartment building near Wilson Avenue and Keele Street. 

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Data show Conservatives using infrastructure fund as campaign fodder: Goodale

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 20:08
The federal government's marquee, multibillion-dollar infrastructure fund has been handing out money at a slow pace, newly released figures show, prompting complaints that the government is playing politics with the cash. About 92 per cent of the $10-billion provincial-territorial stream of the New Building Canada Fund remains unspent, with about $782 million allocated through the start of this fiscal year, according to figures tabled in Parliament last month. "Proponents set the pace of their infrastructure projects and many large-scale projects take many years to complete," Baalbaki said.
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Honeymoon is over for penniless Greek couple in NYC, begging after bank cards were declined

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 20:04

Newlyweds Valasia Limnioti and Konstantinos Patronis' long-planned "dream trip" to the U.S. ended in New York City, where their three-week honeymoon quickly turned into a nightmare: Their Greek-issued credit and debit cards were suddenly declined and they were left penniless. The couple skipped a few meals before spending their last dollars on dinner at McDonald's. Strangers from two Greek Orthodox churches in the city's Queens borough came to the rescue, giving them survival cash until their flight home to Greece on Friday. "Everything was all right — then 'boom!' in New York," Limnioti said.

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Fair Elections Act ID rules block voting, groups argue in court challenge

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 19:58
Groups in a court challenge are accusing the Harper government of trying to import U.S.-style voter suppression tactics for political gain ahead of the next federal election. The Canadian Federation of Students, represented by Jessica McCormick, among others, and the Council of Canadians, led by its chair, Maude Barlow, sought an injunction in Ontario Superior Court of Justice on Thursday on key elements of the Fair Elections Act. As it stands, Barlow said Thursday, the changes will make it more difficult for students, the homeless, First Nations people and the elderly to vote.
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Windsor Raceway fire site too dangerous for investigator

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 19:50
It's not clear what started the Canada Day fire at the Windsor Raceway — and it may never be clear. District Chief Kenneth Hunt told CBC News that it was risky to let firefighters get close enough to put the blaze out. On Thursday, the fire department was monitoring the local air quality but tweeted during the afternoon that it had concluded all fire suppression activities at the site.
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Metro Vancouver residents say No to higher tax to fund transportation projects

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 19:50

Mayors and British Columbia politicians each say the other side must pay for crucial transportation upgrades now that Metro Vancouver residents have voted against paying a higher sales tax to fund major projects. Mayors and representatives from 21 municipalities, an electoral area that includes the University of British Columbia and a First Nation called on the province to address the funding gap after Elections BC released the results Thursday. "Doing nothing is simply not an option," Stone told a news conference as he endorsed the mayors' plan for more buses, roads, a subway extension, a new bridge and other infrastructure.

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Homestretch Brunch Club: Where to find the best eats in Calgary

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 19:45
This summer The Homestretch is doing brunch. On alternating Thursdays throughout July and August, Calgary bloggers Jen Li and Bonnie Huang will join Doug Dirks on CBC Radio Calgary with a report on Cowtown's brunch scene.
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PĂ©ladeau offers 'condolences' to Couillard after Arthur Porter's death

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 19:40
Pierre Karl PĂ©ladeau is trying to revive questions about Premier Phillipe Couillard's connections to Arthur Porter only days after the death of the alleged fraudster.
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Quebec City gives Calgary music pavilion

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 19:29

Quebec City is giving Calgary a music pavilion, which will be built in the East Village at the confluence of the Elbow and Bow rivers. The gazebo structure will be a replica of a popular one located in historic Quebec City, Calgary's sister city since 1956. The gift reciprocates Calgary's gift to the Quebec capital of a sculpture by Joe Fafard in 2008 to mark that city's 400th anniversary.

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Ches Crosbie rebuff a blow to the Conservative party: former adviser

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 19:24

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Rejecting Ches Crosbie as a federal Conservative candidate in Newfoundland and Labrador is a headline-making blow to a party that needs all the help it can get in the province, says a former adviser. Tim Powers said Crosbie, a successful lawyer and son of former Tory cabinet minister John Crosbie, is the sort of prospect the Conservatives should embrace. "The rationale that has been brought forward to deny Ches his candidacy seems awful flimsy to me," Powers said Thursday from Ottawa.

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Fires, smoke force 5,000 out of homes in northern Saskatchewan, one house lost

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 19:21

Forest fires and thick smoke forced more people from their homes in northern Saskatchewan Thursday and emergency officials were looking to the skies for some respite. Evacuations began a week ago in the areas of La Ronge and La Loche and, as of Thursday morning, more than 5,000 people had registered at centres in North Battleford, Prince Albert, Saskatoon and Regina. Crews were managing to keep fires out of the communities, although flames did reach the edges of Montreal Lake and Weyakwin, said Daryl Jessop with Saskatchewan Environment's wildfire support services department.

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Man gets more than 3 years in prison in NYC biker melee with SUV driver

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 19:17
NEW YORK, N.Y. - A New York man who took part in a 2013 assault on a sport utility driver by a group of motorcyclists is heading to prison.
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Pacific Rubiales delays shareholder vote on sale to end of month

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 19:06
Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp said on Thursday it has postponed a shareholder vote on its planned C$2 billion ($1.6 billion) takeover by Alfa SAB de CV and Harbour Energy Ltd at the request of the bidding companies. The offer from Alfa and Harbour Energy came during difficult times for Pacific Rubiales, whose shares have plunged 75 percent over the last year as crude prices fell and the company struggled under a hefty debt load.
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Crescent Point to acquire light oil producer Coral Hill

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 19:01
CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Crescent Point Energy Corp , Canada's No. 4 independent oil producer, said on Thursday it will acquire privately owned light oil producer Coral Hill Energy Ltd, operating in west central Alberta. The deal comes just days after Crescent Point's plan to buy another Canadian light oil producer, Legacy Oil + Gas , was approved by Legacy shareholders. ...
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Five things to know about threats to flights. What are the consequences?

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 18:57

The disruptions to four WestJet flights and one Air Canada plane left passengers scrambling as airlines dealt with halted operations and route diversions. How frequently do airlines have to contend with bomb threats? Edward McKeogh, President of Canadian Aviation Safety Consultants, says it's not unheard of for airlines to go a full year without fielding a threat of real substance.

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Enhanced Checkstops planned for Stampede week

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 18:42

The Calgary Police Service is boosting its Checkstop program during Stampede week thanks to the arrival of two new custom-built vehicles. The new Checkstop trucks cost $150,000 each, much less than the estimated $1-million price tag to replace the now-retired Checkstop bus, said staff Sgt. Paul Stacey.

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