December 17th, 2017

National News

Housing crisis in B.C. pushing seniors to brink of homelessness: advocates

By Laura Kane, The Canadian Press on December 17th, 2017

VANCOUVER – Skyrocketing rents and dwindling affordable-housing units in Vancouver are driving seniors to the brink of homelessness, forcing some to couch surf, seek roommates or even live in cars, advocates say. While the debate over the city’s housing crisis often focuses on millennials, people who work with seniors say elderly adults have lower incomes ... Read More »

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No winning ticket for Saturday night’s $9 million Lotto 649 jackpot

By The Canadian Press on December 17th, 2017

TORONTO – No winning ticket was sold for the $9 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw. However, the guaranteed $1 million dollar prize went to a ticket holder in Ontario. The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on Dec. 20 will be approximately $12 million... Read More »

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Six-year-old boy dead, pregnant woman injured after car crash in Mississauga

By The Canadian Press on December 16th, 2017

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Police say a six-year-old boy has died in hospital after a car crash west of Toronto. Ontario Provincial Police spokesman Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said the incident happened yesterday in Mississauga, Ont. A pregnant woman and a man were also taken to hospital but are now in stable condition. Images from the scene ... Read More »

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Proposed public art installation sparks debate in Victoria

By The Canadian Press on December 16th, 2017

VICTORIA – A new public art installation proposed for Victoria has sparked debate over the merit and interpretation of city-funded artwork. British Columbia artist Luke Ramsey defended the inspiration and design of the sculpture that incorporates a series of colourful surfboard-type arches mimicking the silhouette of an orca at city council last week. The $250,000 ... Read More »

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Protesters object to development of Cape Breton mountain sacred to Mi’kmaq

By The Canadian Press on December 16th, 2017

BADDECK, N.S. – Dozens of protesters are taking a stand against mining projects on a Cape Breton mountain that is sacred to the Mi’kmaq. Raymond Plourde of the Ecology Action Centre says traffic on Cape Breton’s Seal Island Bridge was slowed in response to Saturday’s rally against mining or quarrying of Kellys Mountain. Elizabeth Marshall ... Read More »

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Homeowners shocked after deer carcass tied to mailbox, head left on driveway

By The Canadian Press on December 16th, 2017

WINDHAM, Ont. – Provincial police say a homeowner is in shock after a deer carcass was tied to a mailbox in the southwestern Ontario community of Windham. They say the deer’s head was removed and left in the driveway. Police responded on Wednesday morning when the homeowners called to report the incident. OPP spokesman Ed ... Read More »

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Employees purchase a local Saskatchewan paper to keep it from closing

By The Canadian Press on December 16th, 2017

PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – A group of employees at a Saskatchewan daily newspaper say they’ve reached a deal to purchase the outlet and run it as an independent publication. Star News Publishing says it’s sold the Prince Albert Daily Herald to a group of employees led by publisher Donna Pfeil. Financial terms of the deal ... Read More »

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Dellen Millard and Mark Smich found guilty in Laura Babcock’s death

By Liam Casey, The Canadian Press on December 16th, 2017

TORONTO – Two men accused of killing a young Toronto woman and burning her body have been found guilty of first-degree murder. Dellen Millard and Mark Smich had pleaded not guilty to the charges related to the death of 23-year-old Laura Babcock, whose body has not been found. Babcock’s family and several jurors cried as ... Read More »

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NewsAlert: Jury has reached a verdict in Laura Babcock trial in Toronto

By The Canadian Press on December 16th, 2017

TORONTO – A jury has reached a verdict in the case of two men accused of killing a young Toronto woman and burning her body five years ago. Dellen Millard and Mark Smich have pleaded not guilty to the charges related to the death of 23-year-old Laura Babcock, whose body has not been found. The ... Read More »

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Hydro One releases names of four employees killed in eastern Ontario helicopter crash

By The Canadian Press on December 16th, 2017

TWEED, Ont. – Ontario’s largest electricity provider has released the names its four employees who were killed in a helicopter crash in eastern Ontario on Thursday. Hydro One identified the men as 39-year-old James Barager, 27-year-old Kyle Shorrock, and Jeff Howes and Darcy Jansen, both 26. The men were killed while working on a transmission ... Read More »

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