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April Dawn Irving, accused Alberta dog hoarder: Sask. SPCA speaks out

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 14:16
A top SPCA official in Saskatchewan says she is frustrated that a woman who was convicted for animal neglect in that province two years ago is making headlines again for allegedly hoarding 201 badly suffering dogs on an acreage near Milk River, Alta. The animals were seized recently from April Dawn Irving, 55, in the largest removal of dogs in Alberta's history. No charges have yet been laid, but SPCA officials say they plan to do so soon. Kaley Pugh, the manager of animal protection services with the Saskatchewan SPCA, attended Irving's previous animal neglect trial in that province.
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Woman charged in Scarborough hit-and-run

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 14:10

Toronto police say a man was struck by a vehicle shortly before 3 p.m. at Midland Avenue near Silver Star Drive in the Midland and Finch avenues area. Police say a 38-year-old driver, travelling westbound on South Shields Drive, attempted to make a left turn to southbound Midland Avenue.


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Human Rights complaints launched over PDD Housing

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 13:53

“I’m hopeful that the human rights commission will point out to government who's not listening that you know what - you are taking away people’s rights,” said Marie Renaud, executive director of the LoSeCa Foundation. A second complaint was launched by an Edmonton parent who worries her 51-year old son might end up in a long term care facility. Renaud said People with Developmental Disabilities Safety Standards introduced by the province two years ago will severely limit housing options for many people of those receiving government support. Under the regulation, service providers must show housing has passed several inspections and complies with municipal codes and bylaws by April 1, 2015.


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52 flu-related deaths in Alberta so far this season

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 13:52
More people have died of the flu in Alberta so far this season compared to last year. Dr. James Talbot, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health said 52 people who have tested positive for the influenza virus have died. “We have seen more deaths this season than last, however we can’t fairly compare season to season until this current season is complete,” he said. Research shows that this year’s flu vaccine offers little or no protection against the predominant flu strain currently circulating in the province.
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Sailin' On vegan food truck finds success in Edmonton

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 13:52
A trio of Edmonton entrepreneurs is finding success with a vegan food truck in the middle of beef-obsessed Alberta. “I think we have more non-vegan customers than we do vegan and vegetarian,” said Garrett Kruger, one of the owners of the Sailin’ On food truck. It was the need to pay for a trip to Seattle that forced Kruger and his partners to first try their hands at selling vegan food -- they raised the money for the roadtrip by selling meatless hotdogs on their front stoop. “Soon, we had hundreds of people coming by, friends of friends,” he told CBC’s Edmonton AM.
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Why firefighters want Calgarians to stay off the ice

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 13:18
Fire fighters were busy this week dealing with people walking on the Bow River's thin ice. The Calgary Eyeopener's David Gray recently spoke with Calgary Fire Department spokesperson Carol Henke about the problem. David Gray (DG): What do you think when you see people jumping on ice floes on the Bow River? Carol Henke (CH): I'm just shocked that people aren't considering the real danger of what they're doing. It might look safe, but it's not in so many different ways. There is just no way to judge the thickness of the ice, whether that piece of ice is going to move, whether it's going tip when you step on it. If it tips, you slide into the water, it tips back and you are now underneath the ice and going along the river underneath the ice.
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Saudi blogger spared flogging for at least another week

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 13:10

As a Saudi blogger with Canadian ties was spared a scheduled flogging for a third straight week Friday, a supporter expressed hope the pardon of a fellow activist may spur Raif Badawi's release. News of the flogging postponement emerged as word circulated that Souad al-Shammari, who co-founded a liberal blog with Badawi, had been freed. Elham Manea, a human rights activist and Badawi family spokeswoman, said there's reason to be optimistic about his case. "We are hoping that he will be pardoned just like Souad al-Shammari," Manea said in an interview from Switzerland.


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A look at what other countries have done to combat the threat of terrorism

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 13:09
New anti-terror measures introduced Friday by the Conservative government are seen as a direct response to the attacks in October in which two Canadian soldiers were killed by men believed to be influenced by radical Islam. The Harper government considered both to be acts of terrorism. In recent years, other countries have also introduced legislative reforms to thwart the growing threat of terrorism or in direct response to attacks on their soil. Last fall, the French government tightened its anti-terrorism legislation because of concerns about the growing number of nationals joining radical causes at home and abroad.
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South Africa: "Prime Evil," leader of apartheid state death squad, Eugene de Kock gets parole

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 12:49

The South African government Friday granted parole to Eugene de Kock, the head of an apartheid state covert unit responsible for dozens of deaths, saying his freedom is in the interest of national reconciliation. "It's mixed feelings, which is something we've gotten used to as South Africans," said Eddie Makue, of his ambivalence. Makue, now a member of South Africa's parliament, said he accepted Justice Minister Michael Masutha's reasons for granting de Kock parole but struggled to accept the harm de Kock and his unit had inflicted on their prisoners. De Kock, now 66, was arrested in 1994, when apartheid ended, and in 1996 was sentenced to two life terms and an additional 212 years in prison.


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British politicians seek a touch of Churchill magic as they mark 50 years since his funeral

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 12:43

Fifty years after Winston Churchill's funeral, British politicians paid tribute Friday to the wartime leader — and tried to energize their election campaigns with a little of the Churchill magic. The man who led Britain to victory against Nazi Germany still looms large over British politics. They also provided politicians a chance to bask in the glow of a leader who symbolized Britain's darkest hour, and its greatest victory. "I think British politicians, especially Conservative politicians, look back to him because they are nostalgic for the days when Britain was a world-leading power," Cambridge University historian Richard J. Evans said.


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U.S. economy cools in fourth quarter, but consumer spending shines

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 12:37

By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. economic growth slowed sharply in the fourth quarter as weak business spending and a wider trade deficit offset the fastest pace of consumer spending since 2006. The slowdown followed two back-to-back quarters of bullish growth and is likely to be short-lived given the enormous tailwind from lower gasoline prices. Other data on Friday showed consumer sentiment jumped to an 11-year high in January. "We look for strong domestic consumption to continue supporting growth momentum in the coming quarters even as investment suffers due to falling oil prices," said Gennadiy Goldberg, an economist at TD Securities in New York.


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Canada unveils law to give police, spies more anti-terror powers

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 12:17

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Canadian government on Friday formally introduced new security legislation to give its police and spies more powers to disrupt potential terror attacks. Media reports on Thursday said the new law would, for the first time, allow the Canadian Security Intelligence Service to act to disrupt and prevent attacks. It will also let police detain potential terror suspects for longer periods. (Reporting by David Ljunggren; Editing by)


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Rod McKuen, poet and songwriter of record-setting popularity in 1960s and '70s, dies at 81

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 12:06

Rod McKuen, the husky-voiced "King of Kitsch" whose avalanche of music, verse and spoken-word recordings in the 1960s and '70s overwhelmed critical mockery and made him an Oscar-nominated songwriter and one of the bestselling poets in history, has died. McKuen died Thursday morning at a rehabilitation centre in Beverly Hills, California, where he had been treated for pneumonia and had been ill for several weeks and was unable to digest food, his half brother Edward McKuen Habib said.


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Police reveal footage from Garden Restaurant shooting

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 11:59
Security camera footage from Chinatown's Garden Restaurant shows a dispute between two groups of men that ended up in the shooting death of Tariq Mohammed. Toronto police Sgt. Gary Giroux said so many shots were fired in the restaurant that night that it looked like it was snowing, as food, dust and debris went flying and people panicked during the gunfire. Garden Restaurant is at Dundas and Chestnut streets, near University Avenue.
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