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Ex-NHLer, child abuse advocate Sheldon Kennedy joins Order of Canada

OTTAWA — One of Canada's most vocal advocates of child abuse is among 95 new admissions and promotions to the Order of Canada being announced today. Former NHLer Sheldon Kennedy says being the recipient of one of the country's top honours can serve as a beacon to lead countless other children out of the darkness of child abuse. He says he's...

Canadian Pacific Railway cars carrying cement and grains derail west of Banff

BANFF, Alta. — Officials with the Transportation Safety Board are investigating a CP Rail derailment near Banff. The railway says over a dozen cars carrying grains and cement went off the track west of the town early this morning. CP spokesman Jeremy Berry says there were no hazardous materials involved and no one was injured. Berry says it impacted a small low-level...

A list of some Canadian newsmakers who died in 2014

A list of some Canadian newmakers who died in 2014: JANUARY 6 — Toronto-born actor Larry D. Mann, 91, who voiced Yukon Cornelius in the 1964 animated Christmas favourite "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." 15 — Newfoundland and Labrador broadcaster Bas Jamieson, 85. His 40-year career included stints in television and radio across Canada. 16 — Canadian-born comic actor Dave Madden, 82, who...

Malls open early as bargain hunters head out for Boxing Day shopping blitz

TORONTO — Bargain hunters will be on the prowl at malls today for Boxing Day sales. Those looking to buy the present they didn't get, unload gift cards or simply shop for the sake of shopping will be out spending on one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Several major malls including Toronto's Eaton Centre, the West Edmonton Mall...

Pepe the autism-support dog dramatically improves life for girl and family

WHITE ROCK, B.C. — Pepe, a chocolate Labrador retriever, pays very close attention when her 13-year-old owner Maya doles out dog goodies. Treat time is one of the few common dog-owner interactions between Maya and her autism-support dog in what is an uncommon relationship. That bond has not only dramatically improved the girl's life, but has enhanced the outlook for...

Avalanche danger rising for B.C. backcountry, public warning issued

REVELSTOKE, B.C. — Professional avalanche watchers in B.C. have issued a special public warning about a heightened potential for avalanches across a large swath of the province over the coming days. Avalanche Canada, based in Revelstoke, B.C., is warning recreational users that danger appears to be high for a series of interior mountain ranges along from Dec. 26 to 30. The...

Temperature records shattered in Maritimes on balmy Christmas Day

HALIFAX — It felt more like spring than Christmas Day in the Atlantic provinces as temperature records were shattered and heavy rain pounded the region. Environment Canada said it is not unusual to have warm temperatures on Christmas, but it was record-breakingly balmy in some areas of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. "In the areas that the records...

What Canada’s editors, news directors say about CP’s News Story of the Year

OTTAWA — The Oct. 22 attack on Parliament Hill and targeted killing of soldiers Nathan Cirillo in Ottawa and Patrice Vincent in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., are the overwhelming choice as The Canadian Press News Story of the Year for 2014. Some quotes from the country's editors and news directors who voted: "The killing of two soldiers by homegrown radicals raises big-picture...

How editors, news directors chose CP’s News Story of the Year for 2014

OTTAWA — The Oct. 22 attack on Parliament Hill and targeted killing of soldiers Nathan Cirillo in Ottawa and Patrice Vincent in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., are the overwhelming choice as The Canadian Press News Story of the Year for 2014. Here are the voting results: Parliament Hill attack: 59 Sexual harassment/Jian Ghomeshi: 10 RCMP murders in Monction:10 Death of Tina Fontaine: 2 Senate scandal: 2 Prostitution...

Homegrown terror attack on Parliament Hill named CP news story of year

OTTAWA — October 22 dawned as just another busy Wednesday morning on and around Parliament Hill. Tourists wandered in the fall sunshine past the towering granite and bronze War Memorial, where two unarmed sentries stood ceremonial guard at the tomb of the unknown solder. A few hundred metres north in parliament's gothic Centre Block, the prime minister, his cabinet and hundreds...

Montreal police help deliver baby in car on Christmas morning

MONTREAL — A pair of Montreal police officers helped a baby enter the world a little earlier than expected on Christmas morning. Just before 3 a.m., a man frantically flagged down a patrol car in the city's north end and asked for help as his wife began to give birth in their car. The officers helped the woman deliver her baby...

In Christmas message, PM Harper asks Canadians to pray for troops

OTTAWA — In his annual Christmas message, Prime Minister Stephen Harper asks Canadians to pray for members of the military as they battle Islamic extremists in northern Iraq. Canada has six CF-18 fighter jets in the Middle East as part of an international effort to help Iraq fight an insurgency by Islamic State militants. Harper said Canadians are doing what they...

U.S.-made caramel apples recalled in Canada due to listeria concern

OTTAWA — America-made caramel apples possibly contaminated with Listeria and linked to at least three deaths in the United States are being recalled in Canada. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Happy Apples brand caramel apples were sold in western Canada but may have also been sold in other regions. The affected apples carry best before dates between Aug. 25 and...

Giant Mine bomber, 71, granted extension on day parole after good behaviour

The federal parole board has extended day parole by another six months for a man convicted in the murder of nine replacement mine workers during an acrimonious strike in Yellowknife 22 years ago. Board members say that 71-year-old Roger Warren is doing well on day parole and continues to make a positive contribution to society, according to the decision dated...

Alberta First Nation lauds Federal Court ruling on consultation and environment

EDMONTON — A judge says the federal government should have consulted with an Alberta First Nation before making significant changes to environmental laws. The Mikisew Cree challenged the changes that affect water and fisheries laws that were part of two Conservative omnibus budget bills passed in 2012. In his ruling last Friday, Federal Court Judge Roger Hughes says the Crown failed...

Man charged for tying up, robbing WWII vet held in custody for assessment

OTTAWA — A man facing multiple charges for tying up and robbing a Second World War veteran in Ottawa has been remanded in custody for 30 days for a psychiatric assessment. Ian Bush appeared in an Ottawa court on Wednesday following his arrest last week. Bush will return to court Jan. 23 after the court-ordered assessment determines whether he could be...

‘The Interview’ won’t be released in Canada on Christmas Day: Sony

TORONTO — Sony Pictures Entertainment says the controversial comedy "The Interview" will not be released in Canadian theatres on Christmas Day. The film, which provoked an international incident with North Korea, is set to open in more than 200 American theatres on Thursday, the day it was originally set for wide release. The major multiplex chains in the U.S. and Canada...

NewsAlert:Top criminal lawyer Edward Greenspan has died

TORONTO — Edward Greenspan, one of Canada's most famous criminal lawyers, has died. His law firm, Greenspan Partners LLP, confirmed his death Wednesday morning. Greenspan represented a number of high-profile clients, including one-time media baron Conrad Black and former theatre mogul Garth Drabinsky. A number of individuals in the legal community are mourning Greenspan's death, calling him a "giant" and one...
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