Tuesday October 21, 2014

Defence minister says military safety always under review In the wake of a hit-and-run that left a soldier dead in Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Quebec, the defence minister says troop safety is "always" under review. Rob Nicholson called the incident a "tragedy."

Federal government's tips for flying drones legally and safely The federal government is launching a campaign to help make sure Canadians are flying drones safely. Transport Minister Lisa Raitt says people flying drones for commercial use must apply for a special permit.

Investigation into dead infants in locker still early: Police Winnipeg police say storage facility employees called about "suspicious circumstances" before officers found the remains of as many as four infants in a locker. Const. Eric Hofley says autopsies are scheduled to find out more.

Governor General says Poland trip will strengthen relations Governor General David Johnston says despite his non-political office, his upcoming trip to Europe is intended to reinforce Canada's "strong" relationship with Poland and other European countries as the crisis in Ukraine continues.

New Brunswick premier assures support for Energy East pipeline New Brunswick's new premier Brian Gallant met with Alberta Premier Jim Prentice in Calgary to show his government's support for the Energy East pipeline. Gallant says the energy sector is important to his province's economy.

Family condemns RCMP response in de Groot manhunt Family members of a B.C. man who died after being shot by the RCMP are alleging the Mounties mishandled the situation. Peter de Groot's sister says the force should have found a way to end the ordeal peacefully.

Stephen Harper defends Canada's Ebola aid response The prime minister says Canada is "one of the largest contributors" to the fight against Ebola. The Liberals are criticizing the government for delays in responding to the crisis.

No medical staff to West Africa without evacuation plan: Ambrose The health minister says the government is "exploring every option," but won't send medical staff to Ebola-hit West Africa without a solid evacuation plan. Rona Ambrose says Canada is not the only country to make that call.

Attentats en Irak Deux attentats ont fait au moins 33 morts lundi, en Irak. Un kamikaze s'est notamment donné la mort dans une mosquée chiite de Bagdad, au moment où les fidèles quittaient après les prières du midi, faisant 17 morts et 28 blessés.

Attentats en Irak Deux attentats ont fait au moins 33 morts lundi, en Irak. Un kamikaze s'est notamment donné la mort dans une mosquée chiite de Bagdad, au moment où les fidèles quittaient après les prières du midi, faisant 17 morts et 28 blessés.

Runners brave hurricane Gonzalo in 20km race Runners in an annual 20 kilometre race were not slowed down by Hurricane Gonzalo. The storm blew through Newfoundland early Sunday with high winds and heavy rain but racers were not deterred by the wet and cold conditions.

Ryan Reynolds and Rachel McAdams celebrated on Walk of Fame Actors Ryan Reynolds and Rachel McAdams are amongst those honoured by Canada's Walk of Fame. Reynolds says it was "unreal" to share the stage with Louise Arbour, the women who put away an international war criminal.

Ambrose: New Ebola funding for 'crucial' fight in West Africa Health Minister Rona Ambrose says a new federal government donation raises Canada's contributions to fighting Ebola in West Africa to $65 million, and makes the country "one of the largest donors" to the effort.

Braille grocery store aims to makes shopping more accessible A grocery store in Vancouver hopes to make food shopping easier for the visually impaired with a combination of braille signs and audible scanners. A Quest Food Exchange employee demonstrates how the scanners work.

Harper blasts "bureaucratic" efforts to resurrect long gun registry The prime minister is concerned bureaucrats and others are trying to bring back the long gun registry "through the back door." Stephen Harper says he won't tolerate such initiatives that avoid political oversight.

Hurricane Gonzalo storms towards Newfoundland Forecasters from the Canadian Hurricane Centre say Hurricane Gonzalo could arrive on the southeastern tip of Newfoundland Sunday morning. Chris Fogarty says flooding is possible if the storm hits during high tide.

Toronto hospital gears up for Ebola A Toronto hospital demonstrated the personal protective equipment healthcare workers will wear if a case of Ebola is confirmed. An infectious disease specialist says staff must be "absolutely careful" in treating a symptomatic person.

Archaeologist: team like 'detectives' in investigating Franklin wreck After a 168-year search, the Franklin Expedition's HMS Erebus was found on the ocean floor in September. Parks Canada archaeologist Marc-André Bernier says scientists will use the shipwreck as a "window towards the past."

Postal union plans to challenge end of home mail delivery The Canadian Union of Postal Workers is joining with disabled and seniors' rights groups to launch a legal challenge to maintain home mail delivery. A disability rights advocate says ending the service could put some "at risk."

Tragedy shows why tent cities aren't safe: Vancouver mayor Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson says a death in a Downtown Eastside homeless camp demonstrates why such encampments are dangerous. The body of a man believed to be 69 years old was found in the park Wednesday.

Body removed from Vancouver park ahead of planned squatter eviction Authorities removed a body from a tent in Vancouver's Oppenheimer Park Wednesday. It happened hours before a court injunction was to take effect ordering the removal of hundreds of homeless people who have been camping there.

Arguments begin in Supreme Court assisted suicide hearings Advocates and opponents of doctor-assisted suicide made their cases Wednesday outside the Supreme Court of Canada, which is hearing a new challenge to the long-standing ban on the practice.

Human 'failures' blamed for deadly Elliot Lake mall collapse The inquiry into the cave-in of a mall in Elliot Lake, Ontario is blaming owners, engineers and officials for the fatal accident. Commissioner Paul Belanger also says it's "probable" that one of the two victims could have been saved.

'Tired' Rob Ford casts ballot in Toronto mayoral election Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says he turned out at an advance polling station Tuesday to support his brother, mayoral candidate Doug Ford. The mayor, who is between chemotherapy treatments, says he is tired and not feeling well.

NDP proposes $15-a-day child-care plan Tom Mulcair is promising an NDP government would create a million daycare spaces that parents could access for $15 a day. Mulcair says the plan is as good for the economy as it is for families.

Stephen Harper: No plans to reopen assisted suicide debate As plaintiffs prepare for Wednesday's Supreme Court hearings on assisted suicide, the prime minister says he doesn't intend to reopen the issue. Stephen Harper noted the subject has been before Parliament in the past.

Street and traffic lights back on in downtown Calgary Power was restored to downtown Calgary's street and traffic lights Tuesday, but thousands of residents remain out of their homes after a major power outage in the city Saturday night.

Ebola risk in Ontario patient 'extremely low': Doctors A patient in Belleville, Ontario is being tested for Ebola after showing symptoms consistent with the virus. Doctors say despite the patient recently being in Sierra Leone, Ebola is unlikely.

Canadian-made Ebola vaccine to start clinical trials Ebola vaccine trials on healthy individuals will begin Monday to test the vaccine's effectiveness in preventing the virus. The chief public health officer of Canada says the results of the trials are expected in December.

Fire at Saskatchewan gas pumping station rages on An explosion started a fire at a TransGas facility Saturday near Prud'homme, a small community northeast of Saskatoon. An attempt will be made Sunday to turn off the gas feeding the fire.

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