May 2nd, 2016

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Dutch court reverses refusal to delay trial of accused in Amanda Todd case

VANCOUVER – A Dutch trial has been pushed back again for a man charged with child pornography and extortion involving 39 people and who is implicated in the suicide of British Columbia teenager Amanda Todd. The court had pledged to forge ahead on Friday, saying any further delays would be difficult on the alleged victims. ... Read More »

Firefighters who start fires: a look at the phenomenon of ‘firefighter arson’

Sometimes it’s for the thrill, sometimes it’s so they can be a hero. There are several cases of firefighters who start fires, a phenomenon officially called “firefighter arson.” Kevin Wedick, an Edmonton private fire investigator with the consulting firm Origin and Cause, says that of the cases he’s seen in Alberta, most involve volunteer firefighters ... Read More »

‘High-risk’ label in law created by Tories sought for B.C. dad who killed 3 kids

NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. – The Crown will argue that a mentally ill British Columbia man who killed his three children has a decades-long history of violence, a court has heard. Prosecutors opened their case Monday in B.C. Supreme Court seeking a “high-risk accused” designation for Allan Schoenborn, 48, who was found not criminally responsible because ... Read More »

Raptors quickly switch focus to Miami Heat after hard-fought win over Pacers

TORONTO – The Toronto Raptors had little time to celebrate their playoff win over the Indiana Pacers. They left the Air Canada Centre with homework on the Miami Heat. Toronto coach Dwane Casey told the players they had until midnight Sunday to savour the hard-fought seven-game series win over the Pacers. Given the game ended ... Read More »

Excerpts of Peladeau’s resignation announcement

MONTREAL – Pierre Karl Peladeau announced his political resignation on Monday, less than a year after becoming Parti Quebecois leader. Here are some excerpts of his French-language statement translated into English by The Canadian Press: – – – “I am forced to make a choice, an agonizing choice, between my family and my political project, ... Read More »

B.C. cuts film and TV tax credit by 5 per cent after consulting with industry

VICTORIA – British Columbia’s finance minister has yelled cut on film and TV industry tax credits. Mike de Jong said Monday the province’s film tax credit rate will be chopped by five per cent to 28 per cent and could save the province up to $100 million annually. He said the subsidy was forecast to ... Read More »

Quotes on Pierre Karl Peladeau’s political departure

MONTREAL – Some quotes on Pierre Karl Peladeau’s announcement Monday he is quitting politics: “I’m a bit sad about what is happening. In fact, very sad”At the same time, I fully understand his decision. Politics can be so cruel, so difficult. It’s very sad because, for me, he is a talented man, someone who is ... Read More »

Wildfire near Fort McMurray shifts away from community but burning erratically

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – An out-of-control wildfire burning near Fort McMurray in northern Alberta has shifted away from homes as aircraft and ground crews work to contain the flames. Officials say the fire is burning more to the south and away from a trailer park and a residential neighbourhood that are under an evacuation order. ... Read More »

Parti Quebecois: As PKP says goodbye, others will jockey for top job

MONTREAL – Pierre Karl Peladeau’s political resignation on Monday means the Parti Quebecois is looking for a new leader less than a year after electing the longtime businessman. A look at some possible candidates: Alexandre Cloutier: 38, finished second behind Peladeau in last year’s leadership race with 29.2 per cent of the vote; first elected ... Read More »

Dion official: Canada to join UN anti-torture protocol after years of delay

OTTAWA – Canada is prepared to join a key United Nations anti-torture agreement more than a decade after it was first passed. The UN’s optional protocol to the convention against torture allows for the establishment of national and international systems for inspecting detention centres where torture often takes place in secrecy. It was first approved ... Read More »

Blue Jays’ Gibbons reflects on last year’s ALDS win ahead of Rangers series

Toronto manager John Gibbons isn’t putting too much emphasis on the Blue Jays’ first meeting with Texas since last season’s American League Division Series. “This is a new year, 2016. That’s over with,” Gibbons said before Toronto’s home game against the Rangers on Monday night. The four-game series will culminate Thursday with a fan T-shirt ... Read More »