Top court hears arguments in journalism case Purtina.Wang 2018-05-240 views Vice Media's Ben Makuch says police shouldn't be able to use journalists to further their investigations, and is at the Supreme Court fighting a lower court ruling that he must give background materials on an accused terrorist to the RCMP. (May 23, 2018) SOUNDBITE: Vice Media reporter Ben Makuch SOUNDBITE: Iain MacKinnon, lawyer for Vice Media Canada PLACELINE: Ottawa, Ontario CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: A lawyer for Vice Media is telling the Supreme Court of Canada that journalists must not be turned into an investigative arm of the police. Counsel Philip Tunley is making the argument for clear media protections today in a case that squarely pits press freedoms against the powers of law enforcement agencies. Vice Media reporter Ben Makuch is challenging an Ontario Court of Appeal ruling that he must give the RCMP the background materials he used for stories on an accused terrorist. In 2014, Makuch wrote three articles about the involvement of Farah Shirdon with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The articles were largely based on communications between Makuch and Shirdon through a text messaging service.
Pipeline battles: Federal NDP, Liberals fall on opposite sides Purtina.Wang 2018-05-240 views Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is formally stating his opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project. The Liberals say they’re still working towards a solution. (May 23, 2018) SOUNDBITE: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau SOUNDBITE: Jagmeet Singh NDP Leader SOUNDBITE: Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr PLACELINE: Ottawa, Ontario CREDIT:The Canadian Press STORYLINE: NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says he now opposes expanding the Trans Mountain pipeline — but he insists it has nothing to do with the fact a House of Commons seat is opening up in a riding where supporting the pipeline could hurt his chances. With two NDP premiers at odds over the project, Singh has tried to remain neutral, assailing Ottawa's review process and the federal government's reasoning in approving the expansion. Today, however, Singh says Finance Minister Bill Morneau's promise to cover any construction cost overruns caused by political interference has pushed him to oppose the whole endeavour.
No consensus on Trans Mountain at western premiers meeting Purtina.Wang 2018-05-230 views Alberta has declined to sign an official communique from the western premiers meeting in Yellowknife over the lack of support for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion plans. B.C. Premier John Horgan says progress was made on other issues. (May 23, 2018) 1. SOUNDBITE: John Horgan, British Columbia premier 2. SOUNDBITE: Sarah Hoffman, Alberta deputy premier 3. SOUNDBITE: Scott Moe, Saskatchewan premier PLACELINE: Yellowknife CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: Alberta has refused to endorse the official statement stemming from the western premiers meeting in Yellowknife because it didn't include support for the Trans Mountain pipeline. The final communique deals with issues such as pharmacare and legalization of marijuana. Alberta deputy premier Sarah Hoffman said without the wealth that would flow from the expansion of the pipeline, all discussions on such issues are moot.
Instagram adds a mute button Purtina.Wang 2018-05-230 views You can now hide someone's posts without having to unfollow them on Instagram This means you can hide your annoying friends or mute posts from your ex Just select the three dots on your friend's profile, or at the top of a post, and tap the mute button You can choose to block posts, Instagram Stories or both You’ll still be able to see their profile and get notifications if they tag you or comment on your pictures Keep an eye out for this feature over the next few weeks
Hey Siri, which virtual assistant should I use? Purtina.Wang 2018-05-230 views Apple, Amazon and Google are in a three-way battle for the best virtual assistant 40 per cent of Canadians have used a virtual assistant recently and Siri is still the most popular According to a poll by the Media Technology Monitor, 25 per cent of Canadians had used Siri in the past month While only 15 per cent had said "Ok Google" and only one per cent had used Amazon's Alexa iMore.com's editor-in-chief says Siri is probably more popular because it was the first He also believes that more and more people will embrace virtual assistants in their daily lives Rene Ritchie, editor-in-chief of iMore
Rachel Notley on not attending western premiers meeting Purtina.Wang 2018-05-230 views Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she is skipping a western premiers meeting to stay in Edmonton to help ensure the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion goes ahead. Opposition Leader Jason Kenney slammed the premier’s non-attendance. (May 22, 2018) 1. SOUNDBITE: Rachel Notley, Alberta premier 2. SOUNDBITE: Jason Kenney, United Conservative Party Leader PLACELINE: Edmonton; Calgary CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says while other western premiers meeting in Yellowknife will be talking about how to spend money, she'll be working in Alberta figuring out how to earn it. Notley said she is not attending the meeting Wednesday because her time is better spent making sure the Trans Mountain pipeline project goes ahead. ``When it comes to interprovincial relations, it's not business as usual _ not even close,'' she said Tuesday in Edmonton. ``That is why I've chosen to not attend the western premiers meeting. ``My time is better spent here.''
Ontario NDP become target over nuclear plant closure plans Purtina.Wang 2018-05-230 views Ontario’s Liberal and PC leaders took aim the province’s New Democrats over an NDP plan to start decommissioning the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station this year. PC Leader Doug Ford said the move would put thousands out of work. (May 22, 2018) 1. SOUNDBITE: Andrea Horwath, Ontario NDP leader 2. SOUNDBITE: Doug Ford, Ontario PC leader 3. SOUNDBITE: Kathleen Wynne, Ontario Liberal leader PLACELINE: Toronto; Pickering, Ont. CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: Both the Progressive Conservatives and the Liberals set their sights on the NDP on Tuesday as new polls suggest the party is tied for the most support in the Ontario election. Premier Kathleen Wynne _ whose Liberals have fallen to third place in recent polls _ appeared to concede that it is not going as well as she might have hoped for her party, which has been in power for 15 years. ``I'm not under any illusion that this is not a challenging election for us,'' she said during a campaign stop in Toronto. ``I absolutely get that...It's a really, really important election for this province because it is an election about what our province is going to look like going forward.'' Two recent polls suggest that the NDP now has the most support in the election, along with the Progressive Conservatives.
‘I like challenges’: Injured Broncos player on his physiotherapy Purtina.Wang 2018-05-210 views CAPTION: Former Humboldt Broncos player Ryan Straschnitzki says his twice-daily physiotherapy sessions can be frustrating, but the 19-year-old who was paralyzed from the chest down in an April bus crash, says he keeps a mindset of “you can do this.” (May 21, 2018) 1. SOUNDBITE: Ryan Straschnitzki, Humboldt Broncos player PLACELINE: Calgary CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: Ryan Straschnitzki is involved in the toughest game of his life. Seven weeks after being paralyzed from the chest down when a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team crashed, he has embarked on the thing a lot of athletes dread _ two-a-day workouts. It was his choice to undertake twice daily physiotherapy sessions at the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary. ``It's tough, but it's worth it for sure,'' said Straschnitzki in an interview with The Canadian Press from his hospital bed. ``I'm better. Physio's getting better. I'm feeling a lot better. Everything's healing perfectly _ I've still got some soreness and what not.'' Recently he was learning to move himself from his wheelchair to a bed during physio with the use of a slide board. It took a long time.
Horwath visits Grassy Narrows to highlight contamination issue Purtina.Wang 2018-05-190 views CAPTION: Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath is pledging to make “positive inroads” into the mercury-contaminated water issue plaguing the Grassy Narrows First Nation. Premier Kathleen Wynne says her government is addressing the problem. (May 18, 2018) 1. SOUNDBITE: Andrea Horwath, Ontario NDP Leader 2. SOUNDBITE: Kathleen Wynne, Ontario Premier/Liberal Leader PLACELINE: Grassy Narrows First Nation, Ontario; Toronto CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: The leaders of all three of Ontario's major political parties pledged Friday to clean up a mercury-contaminated river that has plagued the Grassy Narrows First Nation for decades as NDP Leader Andrea Horwath toured the community. The New Democrat leader flew to the northern Ontario First Nation to talk with community leaders about the ongoing impacts from the contamination. A paper mill in Dryden, Ont., dumped 9,000 kilograms of the substance into the English-Wabigoon River system in the 1960s. A report authored by five mercury experts and released last year suggested mercury could still be leaking into the river system. Mercury concentrations haven't decreased in 30 years and dangerous levels are still present in sediment and fish, causing ongoing health and economic impacts in Grassy Narrows and Wabaseemoong First Nation.
Trudeau recalls asking dad about Canadian tech innovation as a kid Purtina.Wang 2018-05-180 views CAPTION: As a kid, Justin Trudeau says he remembers asking his father why his stereo and toys were all made in Japan. The prime minister spoke to a gathering of U.S. tech entrepreneurs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Friday. (May 18, 2018) 1. SOUNDBITE: Danielle Wood, MIT Media Lab assistant professor 2. SOUNDBITE: Justin Trudeau, prime minister PLACELINE: Cambridge, Mass. CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau remembers asking why the stereo and other gadgets he had as a boy were made in Japan — not in Canada. Trudeau's father, prime minister at the time, told him that Japan, a country with few natural resources — unlike Canada — had to invest in its people and technological innovation. Trudeau tells a gathering of U.S. tech entrepreneurs today the answer made him angry — why couldn't Canada do the same? The prime minister is visiting the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus to headline the annual meeting of the school's Solve initiative.
Humboldt Broncos say $15 million raised will go to families Purtina.Wang 2018-05-180 views CAPTION: Humboldt Broncos president says a committee will determine how the money raised in a GoFundMe campaign will be distributed to the survivors and families of those killed in the April 6 bus crash. (May 17, 2018) SOUNDBITE: Kevin Garinger, Broncos president SOUNDBITE: Scott Thomas, father of late player Evan Thomas PLACELINE: Regina CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: Money raised in a GoFundMe campaign after the Humboldt Broncos bus crash will go directly to survivors and families of those killed, but a fee of nearly $500,000 is being deducted by the online fundraising site from just over $15 million in donations. Broncos president Kevin Garinger says Saskatchewan has legislation to deal with the administration of funds raised through a public appeal. That process has started and a Court of Queen's Bench justice is to be appointed to oversee it. "The GoFundMe campaign raised $15.175 million, approximately," said Garinger. "After the deduction of fees charged by GoFundMe, the net amount the memorial fund anticipates receiving from the donated monies is ... right around $14.7 million.
Trudeau says NAFTA uncertainty not stalling investment in Canada Purtina.Wang 2018-05-170 views Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the U.S. business community is showing plenty of interest in investing in Canada despite doubts around NAFTA and the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. (May 17, 2018) SOUNDBITE: Justin Trudeau, prime minister PLACELINE: New York CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says putting federal cash down as an insurance policy of sorts to get the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion built is the result of an exceptional political situation. Speaking in New York City a day after his government announced it would compensate Kinder Morgan for any delays in construction caused by political problems, Trudeau says he has every confidence the pipeline will proceed. Kinder Morgan halted non-essential spending on the project in April because of pending legal questions by the government of British Columbia and the federal government now has just two more weeks to come to an agreement with the company before its May 31 deadline.
Jets fan calls Winnipeg’s playoff run a ‘lifelong dream’ Purtina.Wang 2018-05-170 views CAPTION:The Winnipeg Jets are in Las Vegas for Friday’s Game 4 of the NHL's Western Conference final, trailing the Golden Knights 2-1. One fan says he’s excited to see the Jets make it this deep into the playoffs. (May 17, 2018) SOUNDBITE: Mark Kuriata, JETS FAN SOUNDBITE: Brandon Chubaty, JETS FAN SOUNDBITE: Paul Bodnarchuk, JETS FAN PLACELINE: Las Vegas CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE:Winnipeg Jets fans have arrived in Las Vegas revelling in the novelty of both their team in the third round of NHL playoffs and coming to Sin City to watch it. "We've been waiting our whole lifetime to be this deep in the series and then you throw Las Vegas in it, it's nuts," said Chris Kirkwood in the shade of T-Mobile Arena. The Jets trailed the expansion Vegas Golden Knights 2-1 in the NHL's Western Conference final with Game 4 back at T-Mobile on Friday and the series returning to Winnipeg for Sunday's Game 5. Some Jets fans had long travel days to follow their team.
Hydro costs, roads among election concerns for Ontario farmers Purtina.Wang 2018-05-170 views CAPTION:Farmers in Chatham-Kent, Ontario, say it can feel like the provincial government isn’t listening to them. Hydro costs, rural roads and the increased minimum wage are among concerns affecting some rural voters ahead of June’s provincial election. (May 17, 2018) 1. SOUNDBITE: Leon Leclair, farmer 2. SOUNDBITE: Louis Roesch, farmer 3. SOUNDBITE: Harry Lawson, farmer 4. SOUNDBITE: Jeff VanRoboys, farmer and owner of The Pickle Station PLACELINE: Chatham-Kent, Ont. CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: Jeff VanRoboys laments the Ontario government's one-two punch that he says is hurting his cucumber harvesting business. The 40-year-old farmer and entrepreneur says his company — The Pickle Station, located about 300 kilometres west of Toronto — has been hit hard by sky-high hydro rates and a recent increase in minimum wage. "Those are my two biggest expenses to run the business and those are both government-controlled increases," he says from his sprawling processing plant in Chatham-Kent, where sorting lines and large harvesters stand idle on a warm spring day. VanRoboys apologizes that things are so quiet. The time to see the operation firing on all cylinders is in the summer, when the lines are fully staffed and operation is buzzing. That's also the time when high energy and labour costs hit the business the hardest, he says. When VanRoboys took over from his father in 2008, he says his hydro bill during the peak month of operation, August, was roughly $18,000. Fast forward to August 2017 and the bill for that same period was $42,000.
Notley says new bill will help Alberta ‘maximize’ resources Purtina.Wang 2018-05-170 views CAPTION: Premier Rachel Notley says Alberta will pass a bill that grants it the power to intervene in the energy market, as Ottawa renews its commitment to Trans Mountain. The federal government said Wednesday it will backstop the pipeline expansion. (May 16, 2018) SOUNDBITE: Rachel Notley, Alberta premier SOUNDBITE: Jagmeet Singh, NDP leader PLACELINE: Edmonton; Toronto CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says while she welcomes Ottawa's renewed commitment to backstopping the Trans Mountain pipeline, her government will still pass a bill that could punish B.C. with oil-related price spikes. Notley says Alberta has the right to act in its own best interests, particularly as B.C. continues to frustrate construction of the pipeline expansion. She says if the impasse is not resolved soon, she is, in her words, "ready and prepared to turn off the taps."
PC and NDP leaders say they will balance Ontario budget Purtina.Wang 2018-05-160 views CAPTION:On the campaign trail Wednesday, Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford said he will balance the budget and “give relief” to taxpayers. NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says her party’s “first priority” will be helping families. (May 16, 2018) SOUNDBITE: Doug Ford, Ontario PC leader SOUNDBITE: Andrea Horwath, Ontario NDP leader PLACELINE: Toronto CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: The leaders of two of Ontario's main political parties trumpeted major campaign promises Wednesday — lower gas prices and subsidized child care — but were vague on the details. Doug Ford promised to cut gas prices by 10 cents a litre, if the Tories win the election, but he wasn't clear on how he would replace the lost revenue from cutting the provincial gas tax and scrapping the cap-and-trade system. NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, meanwhile, wouldn't provide details of what families earning more than $40,000 would pay for child care under her plan for the province. The NDP is proposing to fully subsidize public, licensed, not-for-profit child care for those lower-income earners if elected next month. Households earning more than $40,000 would pay an average of $12 a day, but the NDP has not given details about exactly what people earning more than that would pay, what specific income brackets would be established, or any caps.
Morneau says feds would back new Trans Mountain investors Purtina.Wang 2018-05-160 views CAPTION: The finance minister says the federal government is willing to support other investors interested in the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion if Kinder Morgan backs out. Bill Morneau says building the expansion is in the “best interest” of Canadians. (May 16, 2018) 1. SOUNDBITE: Bill Morneau, finance minister PLACELINE: Ottawa CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: If Kinder Morgan wants to abandon plans to build the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, there are plenty of other investors out there willing to take up the cause _ and they will have the backing of the federal Liberal government, Finance Minister Bill Morneau says. The government is willing to ``provide indemnity'' to any investors, be they the project's original architects or otherwise, to ensure the controversial Alberta-B.C.. project is able to proceed, Morneau told a news conference Wednesday. The announcement, coming on the very day when the company's Calgary-based Canadian operation is scheduled to hold its annual meeting, bore the hallmarks of an effort to ratchet up the pressure in advance of Kinder Morgan's May 31 deadline. Amid mounting opposition from the B.C. government, environmental groups and protesters, not to mention skittish investors, the company last month halted all non-essential spending on its $7.4-billion plan to double an existing pipeline between Edmonton and Burnaby, B.C. ``We are willing to indemnify the Trans Mountain expansion against unnecessary delays that are politically motivated,'' Morneau said _ a reference to B.C. Premier John Horgan's ongoing refusal to allow the project to proceed, despite federal jurisdiction.
Trudeau calls Trans Mountain ‘imperative’ for Canada’s economy Purtina.Wang 2018-05-160 views CAPTION: Justin Trudeau continues to insist the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion “will get built,” as Kinder Morgan’s May 31 deadline nears. In Calgary on Tuesday, the prime minister said the government is working hard behind the scenes. (May 15, 2018) 1. SOUNDBITE: Justin Trudeau, prime minister PLACELINE: Calgary CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says there are some critics who will never be convinced he's doing enough to ensure the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion goes ahead. But he says his government is working hard as a deadline imposed by pipeline builder Kinder Morgan fast approaches. The Texas-based company has warned it will pull the plug on the project by month's end if hurdles to expanding the pipeline through British Columbia remain. A small group of pro-pipeline protesters were shouting as Trudeau made a public transit funding announcement at a Calgary light rail station.
Blake Wheeler on the loyalty of Winnipeg Jets fans Purtina.Wang 2018-05-110 views Paul Stastny says his father Peter still talks about the overtime goal he scored in Game 7 for the Quebec Nordiques against the Montreal Canadiens in the 1985 playoffs. While not quite as dramatic, the younger Stastny provided a performance on Thursday that Winnipeg fans won't soon forget. The veteran centre had two goals and an assist, Connor Hellebuyck made 36 saves, and the Jets defeated the Nashville Predators 5-1 in Game 7 to advance to their first Western Conference final. ``As you get later in your career, you've just got to enjoy these moments,'' Stastny said. ``You're going to have some guys that get nervous out there and that's fine. ``It's our job, older guys, veteran guys, to go out there and try to be loose and try to make everyone comfortable.'' The 32-year-old, who waived his no-movement clause to come to Winnipeg from the St. Louis Blues prior to the trade deadline, finished with five goals and five assists in the series.
Raptors coach says ‘supreme confidence’ is key to taking on Cavs Purtina.Wang 2018-04-300 views The Toronto Raptors will once again face the Cleveland Cavaliers in their Eastern Conference semifinal, starting Tuesday night. Raptors head coach Dwane Casey says confidence is important, regardless of the opposing team. (April 30, 2018) 1. SOUNDBITE: DeMar DeRozan, Raptors guard 2. SOUNDBITE: Dwane Casey, Raptors head coach 3. SOUNDBITE: Fred VanVleet, Raptors guard PLACELINE: Toronto CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: For two consecutive years, the Toronto Raptors have run into a roadblock in LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. On the heels of their most successful regular season in franchise history, the Raptors set their sights on a long post-season run that they hope takes them all the way to the final. They'll have to go through Cleveland once again to get there. DeMar DeRozan says bring on the Cavaliers. ``Gotta go through the best to get to that trophy, every step of the way we're going to come across somebody. So why not the guy that's been in the finals the last X amount of years,'' DeRozan said. ``Why we don't want to be the team that knock that team off? That's what it's all about. ``As a competitor you want to be in the moments, you want to thrive in the moments, and we have the opportunity again to be able to do that.'' Two days after dispatching the Washington Wizards in six games in the opening round of the playoffs, the Raptors watched the Cavaliers edge the Indiana Pacers in Game 7 on Sunday, then held practice at Biosteel Centre to prepare for Cleveland. There's been plenty of talk about the Cavs being Toronto's bugaboo _ they eliminated the Raptors the past two seasons with not much trouble.
April 29: Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world Purtina.Wang 2018-04-300 views Five things to watch for in the Canadian business world this week Air Canada discusses first-quarter results on Monday Statistics Canada releases the latest gross domestic product report from February on Tuesday Telecom and media giant BCE Inc. discusses first-quarter results on Thursday Insurance and investment company Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. releases first-quarter results on Thursday Wood pellet manufacturer Pinnacle Renewable Holdings Inc. discusses first-quarter results on Thursday
The story behind the viral Toronto van attack suspect arrest video Purtina.Wang 2018-04-270 views A Montreal man who filmed the viral video of Toronto van attack suspect Alek Minassian’s arrest, says at one point he and his friends feared they were in danger and ducked. Shahnam Asghar says he feels he was sharing a “piece of history.” (April 27, 2018) 1. SOUNDBITE: Shahnam Asghar, witness PLACELINE: Toronto CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: Authorities have released the identities of the 10 people killed in this week's van attack in Toronto, saying they include eight women and two men. Dr. Dirk Huyer, the chief coroner for Ontario, says the victims range in age from 22 to 94 years old. He says they include two foreign nationals _ a student from Korea and a man from Jordan who was visiting family in Toronto. Huyer says his team worked methodically over the past few days to scientifically confirm the identities of the victims and thanked their loved ones for their patience. Police say the man accused in the van attack will face three additional attempted murder charges.
Fredericton resident feels prepared if river floods worsen Purtina.Wang 2018-04-270 views Flood waters are rising along the St. John River and other waterways in New Brunswick due to recent rain and snow melt. One Fredericton man says despite the threat of flooding, he wouldn’t consider moving away from the area. (April 27, 2018) 1. SOUNDBITE: Paul Young, FREDERICTON RESIDENT PLACELINE: Fredericton, New Brunswick CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: The fast-rising St. John River spilled its banks Friday, submerging parts of downtown Fredericton as it shut roads and impacted up to 100 homes. A number of ramps to the Westmoreland Street Bridge in the city's downtown were already under water, and a number of streets barricaded because of flood waters. "We want people to respect those barricades because going through them you don't know what's underneath the water," said Wayne Tallon, Fredericton's director of emergency measures. "The roads might be giving way so we have absolutely no idea of the conditions of the roads. Also if the barricades are close to the river you could easily be swept out to the river because the currents are very very strong."
Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame 2018 inductees share top moments Purtina.Wang 2018-04-270 views Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame unveiled its Class of 2018 Thursday in Toronto. Inductee and Olympic silver medallist diver Alexandre Despatie says one of his career highlights was when he won two world titles in his hometown of Montreal.(April 26, 2018) SOUNDBITE: Alexandre Despatie, Diving SOUNDBITE: Jeff Adams, Wheelchair racer SOUNDBITE: Chandra Crawford, Cross-country skiing SOUNDBITE: Damon Allen, Former CFL Quarterback SOUNDBITE: Dave Keon, Former NHL Center PLACELINE: Toronto CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: Alexandre Despatie was five years old when he first started diving in his backyard pool. He loved it immediately and started dreaming big. Despatie's skills grew exponentially and it wasn't long before he made his mark on the sport. He was only 15 when he made his Olympic debut at the 2000 Sydney Games and his first world title followed three years later in Barcelona. The two-time Olympic silver medallist, who was named to Canada's Sports Hall of Fame's Class of 2018 on Thursday, reached his career zenith in 2005 when he won two world titles in his hometown of Montreal. "It wasn't about the medals, it was about knowing on that day that I was the best diver in the world," he said. "I think it's incredible to be able to say that I've accomplished that. It's a big world out there you know." Also named in the athlete category were four-time Grey Cup champion Damon Allen, four-time Stanley Cup champion Dave Keon, six-time world champion wheelchair racer Jeff Adams, Olympic cross-country skiing champion Chandra Crawford and the late Mary (Bonnie) Baker, the first Canadian to sign with the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.
Investigators say cause of Prentice crash still uncertain Purtina.Wang 2018-04-260 views The Transportation Safety Board is pointing to disorientation as the “most plausible scenario” for the plane crash that killed former Alberta premier Jim Prentice. The private jet went down shortly after takeoff from Kelowna, B.C., in October 2016.(April 26, 2018) SOUNDBITE: Kathy Fox, TSB Chair SOUNDBITE: Beverley Harvey TSB SENIOR INVESTIGATOR PLACELINE: Calgary CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: The Transportation Safety Board says the pilot of a plane that crashed, killing former Alberta premier Jim Prentice, was probably disoriented while flying in the dark, but investigators will never know for sure because the aircraft didn't have flight recorders. The Cessna Citation jet went down shortly after takeoff from Kelowna, B.C., on its way to the Springbank airport west of Calgary in October 2016. The plane took off about 9:30 p.m. and shortly after took a steep descending right turn and hit the ground from 2,580 metres above sea level. The safety board says the "most plausible scenario" is that pilot Jim Kruk became spatially disoriented because he had a lot to do at the controls. Kruk, a retired RCMP officer, optometrist Ken Gellatly, the father-in-law of one of Prentice's three daughters and Calgary businessman Sheldon Reid all died with Prentice.
Bill Cosby convicted of drugging and molesting Toronto native Purtina.Wang 2018-04-260 views Bill Cosby was found guilty of drugging and molesting a woman The jury found that he sexually violated Toronto native and Temple University employee Andrea Constand in 2004 He had claimed that the encounter was consensual The judge said Cosby can remain free on bail while he awaits sentencing This was the first big celebrity trial of the #MeToo era This was the only criminal case from allegations from more than 60 women who said Cosby drugged and molested them Cosby was best known for breaking down racial barriers in Hollywood on his way to TV superstardom
Patton Oswalt credits late wife Michelle McNamara in Golden State Killer case Purtina.Wang 2018-04-260 views Comedian Patton Oswalt is praising his late wife for her work in investigating the Golden State Killer Police finally made an arrest in the case involving 12 murders and dozens of rapes in California in the '70s and '80s Writer Michelle McNamara came up with the killer's name on her personal mission to catch him She died in her sleep at age 46 and Oswalt helped finish her best-selling book on the case Police say DNA led them to arrest Joseph James DeAngelo, a former cop.
Jets fans hitting the streets as Winnipeg advances in playoffs Purtina.Wang 2018-04-260 views Organizers say they will expand the street party for Jets fans as needed, with Winnipeg’s second-round playoff series starting Friday. One fan says the Jets faithful are ready to “explode” with excitement. (April 26, 2018) 1. SOUNDBITE: Dayna Spiring, Econoic Development Winnipeg president 2. SOUNDBITE: Eddie Bartlett, Winnipeg Jets fan 3. SOUNDBITE: Rebecca Hiscock, Winnipeg Jets fan 4. SOUNDBITE: Darren Ford, Winnipeg Jets fan PLACELINE: Winnipeg CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: At first it was just a few thousand people, braving the cold to cheer on the Winnipeg Jets in a street party. Then it grew. And, with each game, the crowd grew again. By game five of the first round of the playoffs — the one where the Jets clinched the series against the Minnesota Wild — almost 20,000 people gathered in the street outside Bell MTS Place, according to organizers, watching the game on big screens, being entertained by DJs and cheering the team on. In a city where there had been no NHL post-season victory for two decades, playoff fever has fully erupted.
Saskatchewan asks Appeal Court to rule on Trudeau's carbon tax Purtina.Wang 2018-04-260 views Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says he doesn’t believe the federal government has the right to impose a carbon tax, and is asking the province's Appeal Court for a ruling. Saskatchewan’s NDP leader calls the move “expensive” and “risky.” (April 25, 2018) 1. SOUNDBITE: Scott Moe, Saskatchewan Premier 2. SOUNDBITE: Ryan Meili, Saskatchewan’s NDP leader PLACELINE: Regina CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: The Saskatchewan government is asking the province's Appeal Court to rule on whether the federal government can impose a carbon tax. Saskatchewan wants to know whether Ottawa's plan to bring in a carbon price for provinces that don't have one violates the Constitution. Premier Scott Moe's government has consistently fought against the carbon tax, arguing the province's own climate-change plans are sufficient to reduce emissions.
Cop who arrested van suspect doesn’t want ‘hero’ label: Police Purtina.Wang 2018-04-260 views Toronto’s deputy police chief says the officer who peacefully arrested the suspect in Monday’s deadly van attack doesn’t want to be called a “hero.” Peter Yuen says Const. Ken Lam has a mindset to “help as many people as possible.” (April 25, 2018) 1. SOUNDBITE: Deputy Chief Peter Yuen, Toronto Police Service PLACELINE: Toronto CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: A Toronto police officer who has earned international acclaim for the peaceful arrest of a man accused in a deadly van attack does not want to be hailed as a hero. Deputy police chief Peter Yuen said the officer, Const. Ken Lam, feels there are many first responders and members of the public who should be praised for their actions in the moments after a van mounted a sidewalk, killing 10 pedestrians and injuring 13. ``He wants to make sure that everyone understands he was not a hero, he was merely doing a job,'' Yuen told a news conference on Wednesday. Lam, who has been on the force for seven years, clearly exhibited and understood police training when he arrested 25-year-old Alek Minassian, the alleged driver of the van, the deputy chief added. ``That could have turned into a very tragic situation for more people _ for the accused's family and for officer Lam's family, if (Lam) had opened fire,'' he said.
Paralyzed Humboldt Broncos player determined to walk again Purtina.Wang 2018-04-250 views A 19-year-old Humboldt Broncos player who was paralyzed after the April 6 bus crash, says he hopes to defy those who say he’ll never walk again. Ryan Straschnitzki also says he’s interested in a sledge hockey career. (April 25, 2018) SOUNDBITE: Ryan Straschnitzki, Humboldt Broncos player PLACELINE: Calgary CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: A Humboldt Broncos player says a crash that killed 16 people and left him paralyzed has brought the surviving members of his hockey team closer together. Ryan Straschnitzki, who is 19, sat in a wheelchair as he spoke with reporters at Calgary's Foothills hospital, where he is undergoing treatment and rehabilitation.
Musician duets with ancestral Indigenous voices on debut album Purtina.Wang 2018-04-250 views For his debut album, Jeremy Dutcher incorporated century-old recordings of songs in the fading Wolastoq language, spoken in the Tobique First Nation where he grew up. Dutcher says he wanted to highlight the beauty of the songs. (April 25, 2018) 1. SOUNDBITE: Jeremy Dutcher, musician PLACELINE: Toronto CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: Singer Jeremy Dutcher's voice is an instrument that's reaching across a century of Indigenous history. The 27-year-old operatic tenor's debut album marks an exercise in duality, as the trained musician combines his interest in classical and electronic music with a stunning array of archival recordings he found in a dusty Quebec archive. ``Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa'' is an ambitious 11-track project that weaves the past and present together in hopes of drawing attention to the fading Wolastoq language. It's spoken in the Tobique First Nation, one of six Wolastoqiyik reserves in New Brunswick where Dutcher spent much of his youth. On his album, the singer duets with the ancestral voices he found preserved on wax cylinder recordings. Each song carries an alluring emotional intensity that transcends the perceived boundaries of words. ``At first, there was no thought to make a record _ that came a little later,'' Dutcher says of the five years it took for his concept to take shape. ``As soon as I heard those voices from 110 years ago, there was a sense of responsibility.'' Dutcher says he's watched the Wolastoq language fading fast as elders die and few young people learn to speak it.
Goodale asked why Toronto van attack not dubbed terrorism Purtina.Wang 2018-04-250 views Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says it’s up to investigating agencies to characterize Monday’s deadly van attack in Toronto, but he reiterated Tuesday that there is currently no “known national security connection.” (April 24, 2018) SOUNDBITE: Ralph Goodale, public safety minister PLACELINE: Toronto CREDIT: The Canadian Press STROYLINE: The shock of a horrific van attack that left 10 people dead sent Canada's most populous city into mourning on Tuesday, as residents and officials alike tried to come to terms with the tragedy. A makeshift memorial at the scene of the incident continued to grow as investigators nearby blanketed a desolate stretch of once-busy Yonge Street where a van had mounted a sidewalk and rammed into pedestrians a day earlier. Fourteen people were also injured in the incident. Alek Minassian, the man accused in the rampage, was charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder Tuesday morning. Police said an additional attempted murder charge would be laid against the 25-year-old from Richmond Hill, Ont., by day's end. None of those slain in the attack were identified by authorities, but other sources indicated the dead included a woman with a love of volunteering, a college student, and citizens of both South Korea and Jordan. Police also said those killed and injured were "predominantly women," but didn't offer further details.
Doug Ford calls Toronto attack arresting officer a ‘true hero’ Purtina.Wang 2018-04-240 views Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and Ontario PC Leader Doug Ford have offered their condolences to the victims of Monday’s van attack in Toronto. Horwath is encouraging the community to “help each other to heal.” (April 24, 2018) 1. SOUNDBITE: Andrea Horwath, Ontario NDP Leader 2. SOUNDBITE: Doug Ford, Ontario PC Leader PLACELINE: Toronto CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: Investigators probing the deadly van attack that killed 10 people and injured 14 others in north Toronto have not yet identified any of those who died, Ontario's chief coroner said Tuesday. Dirk Huyer said confirming the identities is a time-consuming process complicated by the fact that the attack took place over at least a one-kilometre stretch of one of Toronto's busiest streets.