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  • Almost 40 water-related deaths in Atlantic Canada this year, Red Cross says

    December 30, 2018 4:20 PM 124

    The Canadian Red Cross says there were at least 39 unintentional water-related deaths in the Atlantic provinces this year — a type of death that the organization says is often preventable. The Red Cross says that in 2018, there were 13 water-related deaths in Newfoundland and Labrador, four in New Brunswick, 16 in Nova Scotia and six in Prince Edward

  • Aunt of Sarah McIver says she believes school officials in China made error

    December 29, 2018 10:15 PM 128

    DRUMHELLER, ALTA.—The aunt of an Alberta woman who has been released from custody in China says she believes it was a mistake by her niece’s employer that resulted in her arrest. Sarah McIver was detained earlier this month over a work-permit issue related to her teaching job, but her aunt Rhona McIver says Sarah is now on her way back to her hometown

  • Teacher Sarah McIver returned to Canada after arrest in China

    December 28, 2018 9:32 PM 110

    Kovrig is a Canadian diplomat on leave from the foreign service to work with the anti-war International Crisis Group, travelling through China as a researcher and analyst. Spavor has run an organization called the Paektu Cultural Exchange, promoting business and cultural ties with North Korea. He has met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and helped arrange

  • Two Laurier professors sue former TA Lindsay Shepherd over recording of disciplinary meeting

    December 28, 2018 8:41 PM 118

    At the heart of both suits is a 2017 meeting between the professors, a Laurier staff member and Shepherd, who was then a teaching assistant in Rambukkana’s communications class. According to Peterson’s unproven statement of claim, the disciplinary meeting was called after Shepherd showed students an excerpt of a TVOntario broadcast in which Peterson

  • Humboldt Broncos coach steps down during first season after tragic bus crash

    December 28, 2018 6:04 PM 123

    HUMBOLDT, SASK.—Nathan Oystrick has stepped down as head coach and general manager of the Humboldt Broncos. The 36-year-old Regina native was hired in July, three months after 16 members of the junior hockey team — including former coach Darcy Haugan — were killed when the team’s bus and a semi-truck collided at a rural intersection on the way to a playoff

  • Winter blast for central B.C. as outages persist after south coast wind storm

    December 28, 2018 4:53 PM 107

    Meanwhile, power remains out for about 1,600 customers on B.C.’s south coast eight days after the strongest wind storm in recent memory swept across the region. Hundreds of BC Hydro workers have toiled around the clock to fix remaining outages concentrated on several southern Gulf Islands, where damage from fallen trees and toppled power poles is most extreme

  • Nanaimo Mounties investigate alleged abduction, assault of 25-year-old man

    December 28, 2018 3:51 AM 98

    Mounties say the victim was taken to hospital, where he’s receiving treatment for serious but non-life-threatening injuries. They say he told police that during his alleged abduction, one of the assailants was stabbed. Police say a 30-year-old man arrived at the emergency ward with an upper body stab wound 30 minutes later, and he received treatment

  • After warnings of underspending, Liberals eye boosts to job-training programs

    December 27, 2018 6:27 PM 120

    OTTAWA—Senior government officials have been warned that Canada was dangerously behind last year on spending to help workers improve their skills to stay employed. A January 2018 presentation to a group of deputy ministers noted government spending on active labour-market programs is about half the average of spending in a group of comparator countries

  • Hundreds show up at Winnipeg dog shelter to keep canines company on Christmas

    December 27, 2018 12:28 AM 114

    Gordon says some of the visitors said they plan to return to adopt a dog when the facility opens for regular hours on Thursday. “When we created the Facebook event we thought ... ‘Who’s going to want to come in on a holiday to play with our dogs?’ So we were blown away,” Gordon said. Many visitors brought donations for the animals based on a wish list, while

  • Canadian police presence on peacekeeping missions hits 13-year low

    December 27, 2018 12:09 AM 125

    OTTAWA—The number of Canadian police officers on UN missions has reached its lowest point in more than a decade despite a shortage of such personnel on many peacekeeping operations and a Liberal promise to address it. New figures from the United Nations show there were 15 Canadian police officers participating in peacekeeping missions at the end of November