Another Mass Shooting in the U.S.

Thursday, 15 February 2018 09:30
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The 19-year-old suspect in a deadly rampage at a Florida high school is being booked into jail after being questioned for hours by state and federal authorities.

Television footage showed the man being escorted by sheriff's deputies from the Broward Sheriff's headquarters to the county jail in Fort Lauderdale early Thursday morning.

Seventeen people were killed as gunfire erupted at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School just before classes ended Wednesday afternoon.

The suspect was captured in a quiet neighbourhood about two miles from the school. Sheriff's officials said in an email that he was initially taken to a hospital for laboured breathing before being questioned at sheriff's headquarters.

Counsellors are being made available for students, teachers and staff, but the school will remain closed as an investigation continues.

(The Associated Press)


A Golden Morning for Canada

Thursday, 15 February 2018 08:46
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Calgary speedskater Ted-Jen Bloemen has won the gold medal in the men's 10,000 metres at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

Bloemen, the world record holder in the distance, posted an Olympic-record time of twelve minutes 39.77 seconds.

It's Bloemen's second medal of the Games after taking silver in the 5,000 metres beind Sven Kramer of the Netherlands on Tuesday.

Dutchman Jorrit Bergsma, the 10k winner in 2014, took silver and Italy's Nicolo Tumolero the bronze.

Toronto's Jordan Belchos finished fifth with a career-best time of 12:59.51.

Just minutes later...

Canada has earned its second Olympic luge medal, finishing second in the team relay at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

The team of singles sliders Alex Gough and Sam Edney and doubles duo Tristan Walker and Justin Snith raced to silver in a time of two minutes 24.872 seconds.

The powerhouse Germans won gold while Austria took bronze.

The medal was redemption for the Canadian team, which finished fourth in the relay when it made its Olympic debut four years ago.

The foursome got bumped up to bronze when two Russian competitors were among the athletes stripped of their 2014 results, but the Canadians were once again pushed back to fourth following the Court of Arbitration for Sport's recent decision to overturn the punishment for some of those competitors.

Gough won Canada's first ever luge medal on Tuesday with a bronze in the women's event.

(The Canadian Press)


Team Figure Skating Gold

Monday, 12 February 2018 09:21
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Canada has secured its first gold medal of the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Gabrielle Daleman of Newmarket, Ont., clinched the top spot in the team figure skating competition after finishing third in the women's free skate on Monday, before teammates Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir won the ice dance segment of the event.

Daleman's 137.14-point performance added eight points to Canada's cumulative score, bringing it up to 63.

Olympic Athletes from Russia were second at 58 and the United States was third with 53. Daleman's performance clinched gold because neither Russia or the U.S. could catch the Canadians once Virtue and Moir stepped on the ice.

Although the Canadian ice dancers could have taken it easy with gold a sure thing, Virtue and Moir put in a beautiful performance, taking the top spot in the free dance with 118.10 points. That brought the Canadians final score up to 73, well ahead of the competition.

Canada's gold medal was set up by three-time world champion Patrick Chan earlier in the day. He placed first with a score of 179.75 in the men's free program, keeping the veteran Canadian team in first place and setting the stage for Daleman.

(The Canadian Press)


"in all OF US command"

Thursday, 01 February 2018 08:41
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The Senate has passed a bill to make the national anthem more gender neutral.

The move fulfills the dying wish of Liberal M-P Mauril Belanger, who developed the fatal disease A-L-S.

Yesterday, the Senate gave its final approval to the legislation to change the phrase “in all thy sons command” to “in all of us command.”

The legislation now only requires formal royal assent before it becomes law.

Belanger pushed the legislation for years, but it took on greater on far greater urgency after he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease, following the 2015 federal election.

The Commons passed the bill June 2016, with the ailing Belanger in the House.

The longtime Liberal died just over two months later.

(The Canadian Press)


President of Ontario PC's Resigns

Monday, 29 January 2018 08:20
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The former president of Ontario's Progressive Conservative party, who stepped down late Sunday night, is reportedly facing sexual misconduct allegations.

Rick Dykstra announced his resignation late Sunday in a Twitter statement hours before Maclean's Magazine published allegations that Dykstra was accused of sexually assaulting a young Conservative staffer in 2014, when he was an MP.

In Dykstra's statement, he wrote he would “step aside” to let someone else take the helm as the party chooses its new leader.

He did not reference any of the allegations reported by Maclean's, but the magazine said Dykstra told them he “will be responding.”

Maclean's said the staffer reported the incident to Ottawa police in 2014, saying that Dykstra sexually assaulted her after a party.

The magazine reported that senior Conservative campaign operatives were aware of the allegations and decided to allow him to run anyway.

(The Canadian Press)


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