Daily Archives: September 15, 2022

It’s ‘really ugly,’ neighbours complain. But giant dirt mound isn’t illegal, panel rules

A large mound of earth on a vacant lot may be “an eyesore” and “really ugly” to some neighbours but the owner isn’t breaking any laws, Scarborough’s property standards panel has ruled. The 15-metre-high pile of dirt has been growing steadily for a couple of years, local residents say, causing problems from blowing dust to water …

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Q&A: Calgary doctor’s new book captures photos of health-care workers, patients during pandemic

It’s an experience Dr. Heather Patterson says saved her career. When she wasn’t working as a physician in the emergency room in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, she was behind the lens, documenting the happenings in the emergency room. She took photos of her colleagues and their patients, chronicling …

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Prolific offenders are committing an outsized amount of crime in B.C. What can be done to solve the problem?

In a Port Coquitlam, B.C., courtroom two decades ago, a defendant named Roy Gene Hopkins stood before a judge and predicted the future with a surprising degree of accuracy. In February 2002, Hopkins was 36 and already had a lengthy criminal record fuelled by addiction to heroin and cocaine.  He begged the judge …

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Families of Flight PS752 victims call for war crimes probe

Lawyers representing families who lost loved ones in the destruction of Flight PS752 say they put forward a submission Wednesday calling on the International Criminal Court to investigate the case as a possible war crime or crime against humanity. The families say it’s taking too long for Canada to pursue …

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Cindy Blackstock asks Human Rights Tribunal to reject $20B child welfare compensation deal

An Indigenous children’s rights advocate — whose 15-year battle with Ottawa led to a historic $40 billion settlement agreement over discrimination in the First Nations foster care system — is asking the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal to send the compensation deal back to the drawing board. Cindy Blackstock, executive director …

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Rising costs, lack of workers spell the end for popular Mount Stewart restaurant

A popular restaurant in Mount Stewart, P.E.I. has served its last meal, with its owner saying staff shortages and rising operating costs left him having to close his doors.  Laurie’s Country Kitchen, which had been open for nearly five years, permanently closed earlier this week.  “We had a good run; we got through …

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Remembering Queen Elizabeth: What does lying in state mean?

For the next four days — before the funeral in Westminster Abbey on Monday — Queen Elizabeth’s casket is lying in state in Westminster Hall, as people who have lined up for hours will have a brief moment of reflection as they file silently by the coffin. While this all …

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Gun ownership laws in Canada are about to change. Here’s what is happening in Alberta

Proposed federal legislation looking to expand gun control in Canada has caused much consternation for gun owners and those in the business of selling firearms. Known as Bill C-21, the legislation would make sweeping changes to gun ownership including prohibiting the sale of restricted firearms such as handguns. Further promised regulatory amendments …

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Fans push for Larry Kwong’s Hockey Hall of Fame induction 75 years after he broke the colour barrier

Nearly 75 years after Larry Kwong broke the colour barrier in the NHL, a group of dedicated fans is pushing to have him inducted posthumously into the Hockey Hall of Fame (HHOF).  Kwong was born in Vernon, B.C., and earned accolades for his skill as a centreman, leading his minor hockey team to …

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PM, MPs to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth during House of Commons event

The House of Commons is being recalled today so that the prime minister, opposition leaders and MPs can deliver tributes to the late Queen Elizabeth. Parliament initially was scheduled to return on Sept. 19. That date was pushed to Sept. 20 to avoid clashing with the Queen’s funeral. The decision …

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