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,Â travelling westbound on South Shields Drive,Â attempted to make a left turn to southbound Midland Avenue.
âIâm hopeful that the human rights commission will point out to government who's not listening that you know what - you are taking away peopleâs rights,â 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 DisabilitiesÂ Safety Standards introduced by the province two years ago will severely limit housing options for many people of thoseÂ 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.
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.
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.
Fifty years after Winston Churchill's funeral, British politicians paid tribute Friday to the wartime leader â 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.
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.
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)
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.