Thursday July 31, 2014




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Sloth not ready to predict Toronto mayoral race: Deputy mayor Toronto's deputy mayor says Bob the two-toed sloth -- who correctly predicted Germany would win the World Cup -- isn't ready to make his prediction on the outcome of the city's mayoral campaign.




Lawyer's sentence an 'injury' to black community: Supporter Supporters of a Halifax lawyer are unhappy with Lyle Howe's three-year prison sentence after being found guilty of sexual assault. One woman says the sentence is an example of systemic "racist discrimination."




RCMP makes public appeal after cyclist shot during race Police in British Columbia are asking the public for information about a shooting in which a cyclist was wounded during a race. The cyclist says the bullet shattered his elbow.




Task force to address security concerns after MH17 tragedy A UN agency is setting up a task force to try improving security measures after the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. The head of the agency says the incident raises worries about aircraft flying over conflict zones.




Mercury poisoning: Ontario wants something done Ontario's aboriginal affairs minister says he was moved upon seeing the effects of decades-old mercury poisoning on the former chief of the Grassy Narrows First Nation. The province will reach out to Ottawa to review compensation.




Heated moment as Doug Ford initially denied entry to debate Toronto mayor Rob Ford's brother Doug had terse words for organizers of Monday's mayoral debate when he was initially denied access. After some heated exchanges at the entrance, Doug Ford and the rest of the mayor's team were allowed in.




Don Cherry honours war service of British Home Children Don Cherry says his grandfather was one of thousands of British children who were shipped to Canada between 1869 and 1948 to work, known as the British Home Children. Cherry says the abuses many suffered in Canada were horrific.




Don Cherry honours war service of British Home Children Don Cherry says his grandfather was one of thousands of British children who were shipped to Canada between 1869 and 1948 to work, known as the British Home Children. Cherry says the abuses many suffered in Canada were horrific.




Report on mercury poisoning shows more help needed: First Nation The Grassy Narrows First Nation in northern Ontario says an unreleased report shows the government acted inadequately after the community's water was contaminated. The band's chief says people continue to suffer from mercury poisoning.




Business Forecast: Energy, gold results to occupy traders Quarterly results from the gold mining and energy sectors will occupy traders on Canadian markets this week. U.S. economic data on jobs, growth and interest rates is also expected.




$22M project aims to restore former N.L. legislature building Champagne bottles over 100 years old are among relics discovered during a project to restore the Colonial Building in St. John's, N.L., according to a heritage director with the province. The structure opened in 1850.




Stroke survivor recounts surviving a week in his bathroom Steve Adsley says thoughts of his kids helped keep him going during seven days trapped on his bathroom floor after a stroke left him unable to stand. The Dawson Creek, B.C., man drank toilet bowl water to survive.




Rob Ford supporters rip up protesters' signs at 'Ford Fest' Rob Ford's annual "Ford Fest" party drew hundreds of supporters, as well as a handful of protesters, to a park in Toronto Friday. The pro-Ford crowd jeered the protesters and some tore up several anti-Ford signs.




Talking robot to hitchhike from Halifax to Victoria A talking robot dubbed Hitchbot is setting off from Halifax on a hitchhiking adventure to Victoria. A Ryerson University researcher says the project is meant to illuminate the relationship between people and technology.




War plane fabric used for Canadian soldier's letter home A letter written on fabric from a German aircraft is part of a Calgary exhibit marking the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. Sgt. Edward Iley wrote the letter in 1918 to his young daughter from a battlefield in France.




Toronto police chief vows action on report's recommendations Toronto's police chief is promising a report into the service's use of force will be acted upon swiftly. The probe by former Supreme Court justice Frank Iacobucci was sparked by the killing of Sammy Yatim last summer.




Mike Weir nostalgic ahead of his 24th Canadian Open Canadian golfer Mike Weir reflected on his history with the country's sole PGA Tour event Wednesday. As Weir prepares to play in his 24th Canadian Open, he says the feeling changes each time around.




Liberals call for ethics watchdog to resume Duffy investigation Liberal MP Geoff Regan says he has written to Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson asking her to resume the investigation into the Senate expense scandal, now that suspended Sen. Mike Duffy has been formally charged by the RCMP.




Controlled fire helps protect rare Thousand Islands trees Parks Canada set fire to Camelot Island in Ontario's Thousand Islands National Park to help regenerate the rare pitch pine species.




Vancouver street market helps low-income residents A weekly market in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside is benefiting residents of one of Canada's poorest neighbourhoods by helping them earn extra cash. One vendor says the market also helps give residents their dignity.




Woman says keeping $50-million win secret like playing poker An Edmonton couple have emerged after keeping their $50-million lottery win a secret for over seven months. Andrea Groner says she and her husband Bill just "carried on with life" after winning the jackpot last December.




Tempers flare as Ottawa marchers denounce Middle East violence Protesters marched Tuesday through downtown Ottawa, calling on the prime minister to denounce Israel's military actions in Gaza. They faced off with a handful of pro-Israel demonstrators who were calling for the end of Hamas.




Calgary stabbings suspect to undergo psychiatric assessment A Calgary man accused in the stabbing deaths of five young people is to undergo an assessment to determine whether he can be found criminally responsible if convicted. Matthew de Grood's lawyer says his client is nervous.




Homeless campers say Vancouver park is First Nations land Protesters camping at a Vancouver park say the city can't evict them because the land is First Nations territory. One woman says the local community has "rallied around" the campers so they aren't removed.




Business Forecast: Rail, resource earnings in focus this week Investors will look to earning reports this week, including those from Canadian National Railway and Rogers Communications. Mining giant Teck Resouces also will report earnings in the face of depressed coal and copper prices.




Beekeeper says Newfoundland's healthy bees need protecting A Newfoundland beekeper says he dreads the arrival of mites and other bee diseases from off the island. Aubrey Goulding says bee imports and pesticide use pose threats to Newfoundland honeybees.




Firefighter on helping control Smith Creek blaze in B.C. As cooler weather has helped bring a wildfire near Kelowna, B.C. under control, one firefighter there says it could have gotten "pretty bad." Jake Sparks says it's key to stay hydrated and be fit when working in a fire zone.




B.C. hospital uses multi-sensory room to help patients A hospital in Victoria is using a room with coloured lights, projections and sounds to aid patients and improve brain function. One user calls the multi-sensory therapy room "beautiful, inspiring and peaceful."




Canadians rally against Israeli action in Gaza Hundreds of people chanted "free, free Palestine" in Toronto and Montreal Saturday, condemning Israeli military action in Gaza. Protesters also expressed frustration over the Canadian government's "complete alliance" with Israel.




Raw Video: Firefighters battle B.C. blaze Water bombers are battling the Smith Creek wildfire in West Kelowna, one of 160 burning across British Columbia. Forestry officials say they are making progress in fighting the blaze.





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