Category: Canada

Canada tries trading marijuana

TORONTO – You can smoke it or eat it, and now in Canada, you can trade it in your stock portfolio. The $120 million Horizons Marijuana Life Sciences ETF –– the first exchange traded fund in North America that focuses on the legal marijuana market – launched in April on the Toronto Stock Exchange. There […]

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CANADA – Father struck by lightning at daughter’s wedding

TORONTO –– No one likes a dull wedding, but one father-of-the-bride’s speech was a little too electrifying at his daughter’s ceremony last weekend. J.P. Nadeau was reportedly struck by lightning mid-sentence in his apple orchard in New Brunswick, Canada. “And just as I told my new son-in-law ‘You’re a lucky guy’ –– Boom!” he told […]

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Four dead after series of stabbings in Canada

A 19-year-old was shot and killed by police in the northern Quebec village of Akulivik, after stabbings that killed three people and injured two others, provincial authorities said Saturday. Among the fatalities is a child believed to be around 10 years old. The 19-year-old suspect broke into three homes in the remote Nunavik community of […]

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Fewer cruise passengers getting off the ship

A survey commissioned by Canadian-based company Allianz Global Assistance has found an increasing number of cruise ships passengers, particularly those visiting the Caribbean, are opting to stay onboard the ship for virtually the entire cruise. It found that while cruises are seen as one of the safest holidays, global security concerns could be having a […]

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Canada police arrest 104 men in child prostitution dragnet

Canadian police have arrested 104 men in connection with a child prostitution ring in and around the Toronto area. York Regional Police say the men attempted to purchase sex with an undercover officer, who posed as a girl between the ages of 13 and 16 online. Police targeted men who searched for prostitutes online, but […]

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Photo of ‘mock IED’ confiscated at Toronto Pearson Airport released

U.S. Customs and Border Protection released a photograph of a mocked improvised explosive device found inside a piece of luggage at Toronto Pearson International Airport, which forced the grounding of a Chicago-bound United Airlines flight for several hours earlier this month. Joseph Galaska, 58, was charged with one count of mischief after border officers located […]

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CANADA – $100,000 cash found in old TV set

ONTARIO – Wires and tubes and lots of glass and plastic, that’s what TV recyclers usually find inside old sets. But for one worker in Canada, the discovery of a secret box helped jar the memory of a forgotten inheritance. More than $100,000 in cash was found inside a television that was being processed at […]

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Running from the US

MANITOBA/NEW YORK –– Refugees in the United States fearing a worsening climate of xenophobia in the wake of a divisive US presidential campaign are flocking to Canada in growing numbers. Manitoba’s Welcome Place refugee agency helped 91 claimants between November 1 and January 25 –– more than the agency normally sees in a year. Most […]

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CANADA – Warning signs?

QUEBEC CITY –– The French-Canadian student accused of killing six people during evening prayers in a Quebec City mosque had rented an apartment nearby, neighbours said on Tuesday, a sign he may have been targeting the house of worship. Alexandre Bissonnette, 27, was charged in court on Monday with six counts of premeditated murder and five […]

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Trudeau tells refugees to come to Canada after Trump ban

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has told refugees to come to Canada, after US President Donald Trump suspended his country’s refugee programme for four months and indefinitely banned Syrians. “To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada,” Trudeau tweeted on Saturday. He also posted […]

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Ethics watchdog investigate Canadian PM

OTTAWA – Canada’s ethics commissioner said Monday she is launching an investigation into Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s recent family holiday at the Aga Khan’s private island in the Bahamas. Ethics commissioner Mary Dawson said Trudeau may have violated the federal ethics code during his holiday with the Aga Khan, a family friend, philanthropist and hereditary […]

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CANADA – Judge under fire for comment to rape victim

OTTAWA –– A judge in Canada is facing removal from the bench for his conduct when he asked a woman in a rape case why she couldn’t “just keep [her] knees together.” Federal Court Judge Robin Camp is in the midst of a week-long judicial council hearing, which will determine whether he ought to be […]

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CANADA – Convicted bank robber charged with crossbow murders

TORONTO –– A Toronto bank robber known as the “fake beard bandit” was charged with three counts of first-degree murder after three people were killed in a crossbow attack in the city’s east end, police in Canada’s largest city said on Friday. Brett Ryan, 35, who appeared in court briefly on Friday, was arrested in 2008 […]

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CANADA – Attack foiled

TORONTO — A tip from the FBI triggered what Canadian police on Thursday called a “race against time” as police scrambled to identify and locate a balaclava-wearing would-be suicide bomber they feared was on the verge of committing a terror attack in Canada. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said Aaron Driver, a Canadian man previously […]

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CANADA – Damage tour

FORT MCMURRAY — Canada’s Prime Minister arrived in wildfire-ravaged Fort McMurray on Friday and after taking a helicopter tour to assess the damage said he doesn’t think most Canadians comprehend yet the scope of what happened in the oil sands capital, where more than 88,000 people were forced to evacuate. Just Trudeau arrived in the […]

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WORLD – Alberta wildfire growing

A raging Canadian wildfire that forced the evacuation of the Alberta oil town of Fort McMurray intensified on Saturday, helped by hot, dry weather, with police escorting a fresh convoy of evacuees out of the region. The blaze, the largest of some 40 wildfires burning across the province of Alberta, has forced some 88,000 residents, […]

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CANADA –Fire worsens

ALBERTA –– A catastrophic wildfire that has forced all 88,000 residents to flee Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada exploded tenfold in size on Thursday, cutting off evacuees in camps and shelters north of the city. The out-of-control blaze has burned down entire neighbourhoods of Fort McMurray in Canada’s energy heartland and forced a precautionary shutdown of […]

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