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  • Injured Broncos player returns to the ice for first time since bus crash

    January 9, 2019 8:01 PM 12

    COLONSAY, SASK.—A defenceman who suffered a brain injury in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash last spring was back on the ice for the first time this week. Layne Matechuk, 18, was injured in April when a transport truck and the bus carrying his junior hockey team collided at a rural intersection in Saskatchewan. Matechuk’s father, Kevin, posted an online

  • Fifteen military suicides reported in 2018 despite new prevention strategy

    January 9, 2019 7:22 PM 12

    OTTAWA—The Canadian Forces saw more than a dozen service members die by suicide last year even as it was implementing a number of new services and benefits to prevent such tragedies. New figures from the Department of National Defence show 15 members of the Canadian military killed themselves in 2018 — one fewer than the previous year. The latest deaths

  • Trudeau says B.C. protest arrests not ‘ideal,’ but rule of law must be respected

    January 9, 2019 4:46 PM 11

    The prime minister says his government has been working on reconciliation but the dispute over the pipeline, a key part of the $40-billion LNG Canada liquefied natural gas project in Kitimat, is “still an ongoing process.” He says it is important to “leave room for people to express their concerns,” but at the same time this is a country of the rule of law and court

  • Service resumes after pepper spray triggers Montreal metro shutdown

    January 9, 2019 3:54 PM 12

    MONTREAL—Pepper spray unleashed during a fight between two people on a Montreal subway platform forced a major transit shutdown today at the height of the morning rush hour. The incident took place at Champ-de-Mars, a station near Montreal’s city hall and not far from a major hub where three metro lines intersect. The spray forced officials to shut down those

  • Drone operators subject to age limit, certification under new Canadian rules

    January 9, 2019 2:36 PM 10

    Operators will be required to register their drones and mark them with the registration number. A minimum age limit of 14 for basic operations and 16 for advanced will be introduced. Pilots will have to keep their aircraft below 122 metres — 400 feet — above ground level and stay away from air traffic. The new rules, which cover drones weighing between

  • Remorse will resonate in sentencing of driver in Broncos crash, says legal expert

    January 9, 2019 12:46 PM 9

    A legal expert says she would be astounded if a judge handed the maximum sentence to a semitruck driver who has pleaded guilty to all 29 charges stemming from a devastating collision with a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team. Jaskirat Singh Sidhu pleaded guilty in Melfort, Sask., court Tuesday to 16 counts of dangerous driving causing

  • Water cannon aimed at container ship that has been burning for five days

    January 8, 2019 7:46 PM 9

    Tim Seifert says the 71-metre offshore supply vessel Smit Nicobar is carrying all 22 members of the container ship’s crew, none of whom were injured after the fire started inside a container on Thursday, then spread to several other containers. Seifert confirmed the fire is still burning among containers on the ship’s forward deck, though he did not provide

  • Truck driver in Humboldt Broncos crash pleads guilty to all charges

    January 8, 2019 3:48 PM 11

    The bus was travelling north on Highway 35 and the semi was westbound on Highway 335, which has a stop sign. A safety review of the rural crossroads done by a consulting firm for the Saskatchewan government was released last month. It said sight lines are a safety concern at the spot. A stand of trees, mostly on private property, obstructs the view of drivers

  • Woman dies after being found unconscious in clothing donation bin

    January 8, 2019 10:37 AM 9

    Sidhu said the matter is not considered suspicious and no criminal investigation is underway. There have been at least eight Canadian donation-bin deaths across the country since 2015, including five in B.C. This is believed to be the first death in Ontario. The rash of deaths has prompted the municipality of West Vancouver to seal clothing bins and investigate

  • Electric-vehicle sales in Canada have fallen far short of ambitious goals set a decade ago

    January 8, 2019 12:59 AM 8

    OTTAWA—A decade-old goal to get at least half a million electric cars on Canada’s roads by the end of 2018 appears to have missed the mark by more than 400,000. The 2009 Electric Vehicle Technology Road Map for Canada, produced by a panel of experts in part for the Department of Natural Resources, aimed for 500,000 cars with the hope of galvanizing industry