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Robert Libman, Anthony Housefather face off in federal riding of Mount Royal

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 20:05

When the federal elections get underway, the race is expected to be hot in Montreal's federal riding of Mount Royal. Robert Libman, a former mayor of CĂ´te Saint-Luc, will be running against the municipality's current mayor Anthony Housefather. The riding of Mount Royal has long been considered one of the safest Liberal ridings in Canada. Former Quebec MNA Robert Libman wants to change that by becoming the first Conservative to win the seat since 1935.


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Canadian stranded in Nepal says Ottawa not doing enough to bring citizens home

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 19:57

Canada is sending more relief supplies to earthquake-stricken Nepal, promising to match donations to a fund specifically set up to help — and defending itself from claims that affected Canadians aren't getting the assistance they need. The federal government will match — dollar-for-dollar — all eligible contributions to the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund between April 25 and May 25, Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson announced Monday. Nicholson, Defence Minister Jason Kenney and International Development Minister Christian Paradis gathered outside the House of Commons to announce the additional aid efforts. Some $5 million in initial aid has already been committed, and advance elements of Canada's celebrated Disaster Assistance Response Team are also on their way.


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Sexting teen convicted of child porn given conditional sentence by B.C. court

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 19:57
A Victoria teenager convicted on child pornography charges for sexting pictures of another girl has been handed a conditional discharge. The court imposed a six-month sentence with conditions that include she write a letter of apology to the victim and keep the peace, which will lead to an absolute discharge and no criminal record if she complies.
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Winnipeg police looking for 'person of interest' in deaths of two street men

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 19:32
Two men who spent much of their time on Winnipeg's streets are being remembered as friendly and polite visitors to the city's soup kitchen lines. Donald Collins, 65, and Stony Bushie, 48, were killed on the weekend in what police believe are related attacks. A lane near a homeless shelter was blocked off with police tape and a flatbed was used to haul away the tarp-covered containers. So that leaves them very defenceless," said Kristy Rebenchuk, a homeless worker with the Downtown Winnipeg Biz.
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Friends-of-feathers flock together to save ducklings imprisoned on police patio

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 19:28
Vancouver's finest have hatched a plan to help 10 jail birds fly the coop from police headquarters, and everything turned out ducky in the end. Sgt. Randy Fincham says a concerned citizen reported a mother duck and nine ducklings marooned on the third-floor patio ledge at the police department on Sunday. Fincham says three officers and a wildlife volunteer corralled the ducklings into a box and took them to street level, where they were soon joined by their mother, who swooped down from the building. Fincham says the police and volunteer worked together to stop traffic, cyclists and the occasional dog as they walked the box of ducklings towards False Creek while the mother waddled behind.
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China iPhone sales boosts Apple; shares up modestly

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 19:28

(Reuters) - Apple Inc beat Wall Street's revenue and profit forecasts on Monday as it sold more iPhones in China than the United States for the first time, but the company gave no sales figures for its new Apple Watch. Apple's iPhone sales in China soared, increasing its revenue in the country 71 percent to $16.8 billion, although that was helped by gift-buying for Chinese New Year. Chief Executive Tim Cook said that China's expanding middle class is fueling iPhone sales there, which is the bulk of the company's sales.


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Exclusive: Time Warner Cable open to merger talks with Charter - sources

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 19:20

Time Warner Cable Inc is open to merger discussions with Charter Communications Inc following a failed $45 billion bid by Comcast Corp , according to people familiar with the matter. Friendly negotiations between the two companies would be in sharp contrast to their acrimonious exchanges in 2013 and early 2014 that ended with Time Warner Cable rejecting unsolicited approaches by Charter and instead finding a white knight in Comcast. While Charter has yet to make a formal offer, Time Warner Cable believes its smaller peer may be willing to make a bid that is more attractive compared with its takeover attempt two years ago, the people said. Time Warner Cable also views Charter's stock as a more valuable currency than it did last year given its stock performance since then, the people said.


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Man dies after 2 ATVs crash south of Red Deer

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 19:05
One man is dead after two ATVs collided south east of Rocky Mountain house on the weekend.
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BuzzOn pot smoking lounge opens in Vanier

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 19:05

A bring-your-own marijuana vapourizing lounge has opened in Vanier to those willing to pay a $5 cover fee to socialize with other pot smokers, following the lead of other Canadian cities, including Toronto, Halifax and Winnipeg. BuzzOn provides customers with vapourizer machines, which heats the marijuana enough to release the THC, the active ingredient in the plant, without burning the stems and buds. Manager Wayne Robillard said that while it's illegal to use marijuana unless you have a medical prescription, everyone is welcome. I've been smoking marijuana for almost 40 years.


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Former Kandahar combat commander named as Canada's next defence chief

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 18:54

It was a touchstone event for Vance, now a lieutenant-general, who was formally named on Monday by Prime Minister Stephen Harper as the country's next top military commander. There's been an open invitation for Lawson to appear before the Commons defence committee, and Harris said he'd like to hear from Vance about his vision for the future of the military and expectations for the mission in Iraq and Syria before Parliament breaks in advance of the fall election.


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Trudeau vows to bolster support for police, fire fighters as he showcases Blair

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 18:43
Justin Trudeau is backing up his latest star recruit — newly retired Toronto police chief Bill Blair — with promises that a Liberal government would beef up support for first responders. The Liberal leader said Monday that he'd create a public safety officer compensation benefit of $300,000 to support the families of firefighters, paramedics or police officers killed or permanently injured in the line of duty. "We ask first responders to stand in harm's way to protect us and keep us safe," Trudeau told a conference of the International Association of Fire Fighters. Trudeau was introduced at the conference by Blair, who announced Sunday — less than 24 hours after retiring as Toronto police chief — his intention to seek the Liberal nomination in the riding of Scarborough Southwest.
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New CSIS powers not as frightening as they seem: Harper's security adviser

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 17:44

Planned new powers for Canada's spy agency seem scarier than they really are, says Prime Minister Stephen Harper's national security adviser. Giving the Canadian Security Intelligence Service the ability to disrupt extremist plots will help squelch such dangerous activity at a very early stage, Dick Fadden told the Senate national security committee on Monday. The new disruption powers could permit CSIS to thwart travel plans, cancel bank transactions and covertly interfere with radical websites. With its new mandate, CSIS would need "reasonable grounds to believe" there was a security threat before taking measures to disrupt it.


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Montreal taxi bureau has seized 40 vehicles from UberX since early March

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 17:39
The City of Montreal's taxi bureau is cracking down on ride-sharing service UberX and has seized 40 vehicles from drivers in recent weeks. UberX is a car-sharing smartphone app that links clients to drivers in privately owned vehicles, without a taxi licence, to provide rides at prices lower than typical cab fares. The city and the province consider UberX a form of illegal transport and Montreal's taxi bureau has been hitting back since early March. "We consider this a form of illegal transport because these people don't have a permit that allows them to transport people," Alain Rochon, director of the bureau, said in an interview Monday.
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SNC-Lavalin gets boost from analyst over federal changes and contract awards

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 17:38

Embattled engineering and construction firm SNC-Lavalin got a boost Monday when an analyst upgraded his rating for the company after the federal government signalled a change in its procurement policy in last week's budget. Analyst Chris Murray of AltaCorp Capital said his new target price for SNC shares (TSX:SNC) is $51, up from $43. Public Works spokesman Pierre Alain Bujold said the department has been consulting with industry associations and has hired two third-party experts in procurement ethics before deciding on how to proceed. The changes won't resolve all legal issues facing SNC-Lavalin, but Murray said the tone of the budget acknowledged that the current system results in unintended consequences for companies like SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC), which has overhauled its ethics practices.


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Nepal earthquake: stories from Alberta

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 17:36
The number of people killed following Saturday's earthquake in Nepal has soared past 4,000 and is expected to grow as search and rescue crews make their way through the rubble. CBC Calgary is hearing from many Albertans affected by the deadly quake — either because they are in Nepal or have family living, or visiting, the country. Mount Royal University astronomy and physics professor Raphael Slawinski was sitting at base camp on the north side of Mount Everest, when he felt tremors. Slawinski says he and his entire team are safe, but h​e may not be able to continue his climb up the China side of the mountain.
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Police seek arrest warrant for UFC champion Jon 'Bones' Jones following hit-and-run crash

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 17:28

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones ran from a crash that hospitalized a pregnant woman but quickly came back to grab "a large handful of cash" from the car, witnesses told police. The driver, whom an off-duty officer identified as Jones, ran from the scene but then returned for the cash before fleeing again, police said. Albuquerque police were seeking an arrest warrant for Jones on Monday, saying he would likely face a felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident since the woman broke her arm in the crash. Police said they have been unable to reach Jones or his lawyer.


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United Way of Calgary launches new website to help local agencies find volunteers

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 17:27
The timing is good for a new United Way of Calgary website that will make it easier for local agencies to find volunteers during uncertain economic times, says the head of the organization.
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Marie-Anne Legault, allegedly assaulted in a taxi, pleads case not be dismissed

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 17:25

A Quebec judge must decide whether a lawsuit filed by a Montreal woman, who says she was sexually assaulted by a taxi driver, should be thrown out of court. Marie-Anne Legault is suing the City of Montreal and the Quebec Transport Commission for $250,000 in damages. In her lawsuit, she claims that officials failed to ensure the city's taxi transportation service is safe. Legault says she was sexually assaulted by a Montreal taxi driver during the early morning hours of Sept. 18, 2014.


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Conservatives commit $13.5M for pre-election budget-ad blitz in April, May

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 17:23
The Conservative government has booked $13.5 million for an all-out, co-ordinated blitz in April and May to advertise its 2015 pre-election budget. The push, detailed in internal government documents obtained by The Canadian Press, builds on existing Finance Canada and Canada Revenue Agency campaigns to promote Conservative tax measures both past and proposed — the backbone of the Harper government's re-election strategy. "The intention is to encourage taxpayers to claim the tax relief measures to which they may be entitled and file their tax returns online and on time," says the internal government ad description.
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UN: Israeli military killed 44 Palestinians at UN shelters during last year's Gaza war

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 15:50
A U.N. inquiry has found that at least 44 Palestinians were killed and at least 227 injured by direct mortar strikes and other "Israeli actions" while sheltering at U.N. locations during last year's Gaza war. The Palestinians said they would give the findings to the International Criminal Court.
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