Ontario premier ‘disturbed’ by Toronto pedestrian incident omid.ghoreishi 2018-04-230 views CAPTION: Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is calling a fatal Toronto incident “tragic” and “frightening,” after a van mounted a sidewalk and hit pedestrians. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in the House of Commons that his thoughts are with those affected. (April 23, 2018) 1. SOUNDBITE: Kathleen Wynne, Ontario Premier 2. SOUNDBITE: Andrew Scheer, Conservative Leader 3. SOUNDBITE: Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister PLACELINE: Toronto; Ottawa CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: Toronto police say nine people are dead and 16 are injured after a van mounted a sidewalk in north Toronto, hitting pedestrians. Police say the driver of the van has been arrested.
Witness recounts ‘brutal’ scene of pedestrians hit in Toronto omid.ghoreishi 2018-04-230 views Multiple people have been injured after a van mounted a sidewalk in north Toronto and crashed into pedestrians. One witness says he saw a number of people being resuscitated at the chaotic scene. (April 23, 2018) SOUNDBITE: Phil Zullo, witness PLACELINE: Toronto CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: Multiple people are injured and one person is in custody after a van mounted a sidewalk in north Toronto, crashing into a number of pedestrians, police said Monday. Const. Caroline de Kloet did not provide details on the suspect's identity or any charges that might be pending. She also did not confirm how many people were injured in the afternoon incident, which took place near the intersections of Yonge Street and Finch Avenue East.
Crown calls life sentence for Halifax plot ‘appropriate’ omid.ghoreishi 2018-04-210 views CAPTION: Lindsay Souvannarath, who pleaded guilty to planning to go on a shooting rampage at a Halifax mall, has been sentenced to life in prison. Crown lawyer Shauna MacDonald says the foiled plot made the risk of that type of offense “real” for Nova Scotians. (April 20, 2018) SOUNDBITE: Mark Heerema, Crown attorney SOUNDBITE: Shauna MacDonald, Crown attorney PLACELINE: Halifax CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: She sat motionless in the wood-panelled, windowless courtroom as the judge delivered the sentence: Life in prison with no chance of parole for a decade. Minutes later, 26-year-old Lindsay Souvannarath was led away by sheriffs, returned to the jail cells that have been her home since 2015. It's been three years since the Chicago-area woman was arrested at the Halifax airport with a "death suit" and books on serial killers in her luggage. She was planning a Valentine's Day shooting rampage, a plot concocted online with a Halifax teen that would have seen them open fire at the Halifax Shopping Centre food court on a busy Saturday in February 2015. The American pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit murder only after thousands of damning Facebook messages between the conspirators were deemed admissible as evidence in the case. Nova Scotia Supreme Court Justice Peter Rosinski told the court Friday that Souvannarath continues to pose a threat to public safety. The judge said she has not expressed remorse for her murderous plot, nor has she renounced her ideological motivations for the conspiracy.
Humboldt Broncos will still accept donations after GoFundMe ends omid.ghoreishi 2018-04-170 views CAPTION: The president of the Humboldt Broncos says the GoFundMe page dedicated to crash victims’ families will close Wednesday and the money will be transferred to a new memorial fund. The campaign has raised over $12 million. (April 17, 2018) 1. SOUNDBITE: Kevin Garinger, Humboldt Broncos president PLACELINE: Saskatoon CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: The GoFundMe page dedicated to the Humboldt Broncos, believed to be the largest of its kind in Canadian history, will remain open for two more days before being transferred to a newly created memorial fund, the team's officials announced Monday. More than 130,000 individuals and businesses from Canada and other countries have donated between $5 and $50,000 to the GoFundMe campaign, called Funds for Humboldt Broncos. The campaign was started by Humboldt resident Sylvie Kellington after the horrific bus crash earlier this month, which killed 16 players and staff. In nine days, the online campaign has raised more than $12 million. Humboldt Broncos president Kevin Garinger announced at a news conference in Saskatoon that the campaign will remain open until midnight Wednesday, at which point all funds will be transferred to the new Humboldt Broncos Memorial Fund. The $12 million raised will serve its intended purpose of paying for expenses of the victims' families, Garinger said, adding that it's too soon to give a more specific breakdown of the way the funds will be allocated. "Sylvie was hoping to raise $5,000 to maybe buy coffee and support maybe parking, and that sort of thing, to help families," he said. "It of course grew much larger than that." Garinger also said the team will continue to accept donations through another new organization, the Humboldt Strong Community Foundation, which he said will "support Humboldt Broncos players, employees, families and volunteers, as well as first responders and emergency services personnel, teams, athletes, related organizations and communities affected by the crash."
Should Monique Richard reach the summit of Yukon's Mount Logan, she will be the first female to reach the top by herself, according to officials with Parks Canada and data it has compiled since the late 1800s.
Could the death of the password be upon us? omid.ghoreishi 2018-04-160 views The death of the password could be upon us. A new security standard recently endorsed by the World Wide Web Consortium has experts excited about the prospect of making logins "unphishable" and ending the vulnerabilities that currently exist because so many users have poor "password hygiene" and reuse the same one across countless websites.
Assad ‘must bear responsibility’ for chemical attack: Freeland omid.ghoreishi 2018-04-150 views CAPTION: Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says it is “clear to Canada” that the Assad regime is responsible for a suspected chemical-weapons attack in Syria that left more than 40 people dead and 500 injured. (April 14, 2018) SOUNDBITE: Chrystia Freeland, Foreign Affairs Minister PLACELINE: Lima, Peru CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: The Syrian government has denied responsibility for the attack while Russia has suggested Israel or Britain was to blame, the latter to justify increased western intervention into the country. But Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas on Friday that Canada laid the blame squarely with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, as well as his Russian and Iranian supporters. "When it comes to this use of chemical weapons, it is clear to Canada that chemical weapons were used and that they were used by the Assad regime," Freeland said.
Generous’ Broncos player Jacob Leicht remembered at funeral omid.ghoreishi 2018-04-140 views CAPTION: Mourners remembered Humboldt Broncos player Jacob Leicht as “loving” and “generous,” after Friday’s funeral for the 19-year-old killed in last week’s bus crash. The father of fellow victim Tyler Bieber said he hopes that “time will heal.” (April 13, 2018) 1. SOUNDBITE: Eriza Custodio 2. SOUNDBITE: Connor Ebert 3. SOUNDBITE: Helen Friesen-Ebert 4. SOUNDBITE: Terry Bieber, father of crash victim Tyler Bieber PLACELINE: Humboldt, Sask. CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: About 2,500 hockey fans chanted ``go Broncos go'' one final time today for a 19-year-old described as ``the classic underdog hockey player.'' Jacob Leicht was one of 16 people who have died after a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos and a truck collided last Friday at a rural intersection north of Tisdale. His funeral was held today at the rink in his hometown of Humboldt. Family friend and former coach Shaun Gardiner says Leicht wasn't a big player, but what he lacked in size he made up for in hard work. Three of Leicht's teammates were at the service _ one receiving applause as he was brought in in a wheelchair.
Raptors coach expects a ‘physical battle’ against the Wizards omid.ghoreishi 2018-04-130 views CAPTION: Raptors coach Dwane Casey says Toronto has to be prepared for the speed of the Washington Wizards in the first round of the NBA playoffs. Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan says the team has more confidence “than ever.” (April 13, 2018) 1. SOUNDBITE: Dwayne Casey, Raptors coach 2. SOUNDBITE: DeMar DeRozan, Raptors guard PLACELINE: Toronto CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: The Toronto Raptors' slogan for the NBA playoffs says everything: "Prove 'em." Coming off their finest regular season in franchise history, the Raptors are now aiming to exorcise some huge post-season demons, and prove the doubters wrong.
1. SOUNDBITE: Doug Ford, Ontario PC Leader 2. SOUNDBITE: Todd Smith, Ontario PC energy critic
PLACELINE: Toronto CREDIT: The Canadian Press
STORYLINE: If elected premier of Ontario in the spring election, Doug Ford says his first act will be to fire the CEO of Hydro One and its board of directors, whom he blames for the rising electricity costs in the province. The decision, however, would not come cheap. Hydro One CEO Mayo Schmidt, who earned a $6.2-million salary last year, would be entitled to at least $10.7 million in severance if he were to be removed from his job by the board of directors, according to the company's annual shareholders report released on March 29.
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Thanos is one of those baddies who's appeared in the movies here and there, but never had his own spotlight. Finally he'll "debut" as the main villain in “Infinity War,” so here's a refresher on what his deal is.
Morneau talks about Trans Mountain pipeline after meeting with Alberta Premier Rachel omid.ghoreishi 2018-04-120 views CAPTION: Finance Minister Bill Morneau is dismissing an NDP call to refer a dispute with B.C. over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to the Supreme Court. Morneau spoke Wednesday after meeting with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley. (April 11, 2018) 1. SOUNDBITE: Finance Minister Bill Morneau PLACELINE: Toronto CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the federal government has convinced her that ``something specific'' will be announced in the near future to try to break the impasse over the Trans Mountain pipeline. Notley made the comments after a meeting in Toronto with federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau. She says she will let Morneau discuss and outline what those specific actions will be. The future of the Trans Mountain project was jeopardized this week after the operator, Kinder Morgan, said delay tactics by the B.C. government may make the $7.4-billion expansion of the existing line financially untenable. Notley says the line, from Edmonton to Burnaby, is critical to getting more oil to the coast and fetching better prices to boost the Canadian economy.
'It's past a nightmare:' Father of hockey crash survivor recalls carnage omid.ghoreishi 2018-04-110 views CAPTION: A Saskatchewan man says his son, who survived the Humboldt Broncos bus crash last week, is finding solace in visiting his friends at the hospital. Myles Shumlanski’s son Nick walked away with minor injuries. (April 11, 2018) 1. SOUNDBITE: Myles Shumlanski, Nick’s father PLACELINE: Near Tisdale, Saskatchewan CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: Last Friday, Myles Shumlanski sped down the highway to the scene of a nightmare. He stopped there again Tuesday, looking through snow for wallets, cellphones and other belongings of the 15 people who died. ``It's starting to melt,'' he told The Canadian Press. ``I'm sure some parents would really appreciate something returned.'' For Shumlanski, the rural intersection he passes each day on the way to his home in northeastern Saskatchewan will never be the same. He was one of the first to arrive after a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team collided with a semi truck about 20 kilometres north of Tisdale. The team was on its way to a playoff game in nearby Nipawin. Shumlanski's 20-year-old son, Nick, a forward who had recently joined the Broncos, was on the bus. He was miraculously able to walk away from the wreckage, grab a phone lying in the debris and call home.
Broncos president: Finding ‘new normal’ critical for Humboldt omid.ghoreishi 2018-04-110 views CAPTION: Students returned to school in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, on Tuesday following Friday’s bus crash that killed 15 people. The director of education for Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools says the students were “happy to be together.” (April 10, 2018) 1. SOUNDBITE: Kevin Garinger, Horizon School Division director of education/Humboldt Broncos president 2. SOUNDBITE: Greg Chatlin, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools director of education PLACELINE: Humboldt, Saskatchewan CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: Attention in the Saskatchewan town where 15 members of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team were killed in a bus crash is turning to supporting students as they return to school without some of their classmates. Kevin Garinger, director of education for the Horizon School Division and president of the Broncos, said schools were closed Monday after the junior hockey team's bus collided with a semi truck northeast of Saskatoon on Friday. Classes resumed Tuesday but Garinger says the focus will be on the well-being of students and staff rather than the daily curriculum.
Norman says he's eager to deal with the criminal charge he faces and return to serving Canadians.
Norman was charged last month with breach of trust and denies any wrongdoing. He is slated to return to Ontario court May 15 to begin setting a timetable for proceedings.
“I’m anxious to get to court, get this dealt with as quickly as possible, and get back to serving the people of Canada,” he said following the appearance.
Norman, who was the military's second-in-command until suspended from duty early last year, faces up to five years in prison. The case revolves around a November 2015 decision by the newly elected Liberal government to reconsider a $700-million contract the Harper Conservatives had awarded to Quebec-based Davie Shipbuilding.
Saskatchewan hockey league announces mental health fund omid.ghoreishi 2018-04-100 views CAPTION: The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League is starting an assistance program for players and their families following the bus crash that killed 15 people. Former NHLer Sheldon Kennedy says many players will need long-term help to deal with the trauma. (April 9, 2018) SOUNDBITE: Bill Chow, SJHL PRESIDENT SOUNDBITE: Sheldon Kennedy, FORMER NHL PLAYER Credit: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: Saskatchewan hockey officials have announced an assistance program for players and their families following a bus crash that killed 15 people. The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League says the fund will provide mental health help for everyone involved in its dozen teams across the province, including the Humboldt Broncos. The Broncos were heading to a playoff game Friday when their bus collided with a truck at an intersection north of Tisdale. Fourteen others were injured.
Doug Ford addresses black community omid.ghoreishi 2018-04-060 views CAPTION: Ontario’s Progressive Conservative leader says he has “massive support” from the black community. Doug Ford says he won’t be attending the April 11 leaders’ debate organized by the black community because he will be busy campaigning. (April 5, 2018) SOUNDBITE: Doug Ford, Ontario Progressive Conservative leader PLACELINE: Toronto CREDIT: The Canadian Press
At a news conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Ottawa, Trudeau called the alleged Russian attack unacceptable to the international community. He says that's why Canada threw out four Russian diplomats. In return Russia expelled four Canadians.
Trudeau says Canada and its NATO allies responded “extremely strongly” to the alleged Russian attack in the U.K.