Thursday July 24, 2014

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.

Chris Alexander condemns 'brutal' shooting down of Malaysian plane The immigration minister is condemning the shooting down of a passenger jet over Ukraine as a "brutal act of terror." Chris Alexander delivered condolences to the family of an Ontario man killed in the attack.

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.

Anger as Fredericton Morgentaler Clinic performs last abortions Abortion rights advocates marched in Fredericton, as the city's Morgentaler Clinic performed its final procedures Friday. The clinic's manager says New Brunswick "needs to do better" on women's reproductive health.

B.C. fire evacuee grateful for neighbouring town's help More than 1,100 residents can return home to Hudson's Hope, B.C. a day after a forest fire forced them out. One evacuee says he's grateful for the way nearby Fort Saint John, B.C. accommodated people during the threat.

Rob Ford says many people want him to fail at staying sober Toronto's mayor vowed to reporters Thursday that he won't resume drinking following his stint in rehab. Rob Ford insists that he's "sober as a judge."

Would you drink Tim Hortons coffee-flavoured beer? Tim Hortons executives unveiled a futuristic concept store this week and pitched the idea of serving coffee-flavoured beer. The Canadian Press asked people in Toronto if they would try the beer if it ever becomes a reality.

Charges against Mike Duffy raise more questions for Harper: MPs The Mounties have laid 31 charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery against suspended Sen. Mike Duffy. Opposition MPs say it's time for Prime Minister Stephen Harper to provide answers.

New calls for inquiry into missing, murdered aboriginal women First Nations leaders are continuing to push for action on over 1,100 cases of missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada. The topic was the focus of a session Wednesday at a meeting of the Assembly of First Nations in Halifax.

Lack of bodies in missing family case won't stop trial: Crown An Alberta crown prosecutor says the fact the bodies of Nathan O'Brien and his grandparents have not been found makes the murder case against Douglas Garland "challenging." But Shane Parker adds he is confident in the evidence.

Olivia Chow says Rob Ford 'has difficulty telling the truth' Following Tuesday night's Toronto mayoral debate, candidate Olivia Chow accused Rob Ford of not telling the truth, saying the mayor "hasn't changed."

Rob Ford critics and supporters clash outside mayoral debate A Rob Ford supporter and an anti-Ford demonstrator got into a heated verbal confrontation prior to Tuesday's mayoral debate in Toronto.

Balloons released in memory of missing Calgary family Hundreds of green balloons were released Tuesday night near the Calgary home of Nathan O'Brien, to remember the missing five-year-old and his grandparents. Jeff Liknes says he still has hope his nephew and parents are alive.

Ex-mayor of London, Ontario accepting of house arrest sentence The former mayor of London, Ontario has been sentenced to four months of house arrest for fraud-related offences from his time as a federal cabinet minister. Joe Fontana says he still hopes to help the community.

John Baird: Hamas to blame for continuing violence with Israel The foreign affairs minister is blaming Hamas for the failure of a plan to end the rash of violence between Israel and the Palestinian militant group. John Baird says Hamas rejected a ceasefire plan Israel initially accepted.

Photo helps estranged brothers reunite in Vancouver Downtown Eastside resident Bruce Sauer was featured in a Canadian Press photo last year, sparking a reunion with his estranged brother of 13 years. Bill Olsen says he and his brother were like "peas and carrots" growing up.

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