Tag: Canada

Toronto radio host thinks Rob Ford called in to defend Rob Ford on Thursday

Bill Carroll is fairly convinced that ‘Ian from Etobicoke’ was actually a familiar fella Bill Carroll, who hosts afternoon drive from Los Angeles on Toronto talk radio station AM640, was quite confident that a passionate defender of Mayor Rob Ford — who identified himself as “Ian from Etobicoke” — was actually Ford himself. “This guy,…

12-year-old admits to hacking major government websites for Anonymous in exchange for computer games

A 12-year-old Canadian boy has pleaded guilty to three charges of hacking government websites under the affiliation of ‘hacktavist’ initiative Anonymous. A court heard on Thursday how the fifth grader – from the Montreal suburb of Notre-Dame-de-Grâce – wreaked computer havoc during the Quebec student uprising in 2012, with some sites out of service for…

Malala Yousafzai to become Canada’s sixth honorary citizen, joining Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama

Malala Yousafzai, an advocate for girls’ education and the target of a Taliban assassination attempt, will be made an honorary Canadian citizen. A senior government source confirms that Wednesday’s throne speech will confer the honour on the 16-year-old international figure. Yousafzai was shot in the head in her native Pakistan by the Taliban in October,…

Canada’s Alice Munro, ‘Master’ Of Short Stories, Wins Nobel

Canada’s Alice Munro — called the “master of the contemporary short story” — won the 2013 Nobel Prize in literature, the Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences announced Thursday. The prize committee compared the 82-year-old author to Anton Chekhov, the 19th century Russian who is considered one of the greatest short story writers in history. After…

‘Shocked’ Toronto Mayor Rob Ford defends his occasional driver after he is charged with drug trafficking

Mayor Rob Ford says he is “surprised” that his “good guy” friend and occasional driver was arrested on multiple drug charges Tuesday night. Alexander Lisi, who has been linked to attempts to retrieve an alleged crack cocaine video, has been charged with four offences by the Toronto police. “I’m surprised, I’m really surprised,” Ford said…

Facebook Apologies For Dating Ad Showing Rehtaeh Parsons

Facebook has apologised for publishing a dating ad featuring a photo of a 17-year-old who had killed herself after complaining of being cyber-bullied. Canadian Rehtaeh Parsons took her own life in April having been severely bullied after a separate photo, showing her alleged rape by four boys, was circulated online, her mother has said. Her…

VIA Train And Ottawa City Bus Crash During Morning Commute – Now 7 Dead

VIA Train And Ottawa City Bus Crash During Morning Commute At Least 5 Dead

At least people are dead after a Via Rail train and an Ottawa city collided in the city’s southwest end Wednesday morning. The front end of the double-decker OC Transpo bus is severely damaged, images from the scene near Woodroffe Avenue and Fallowfield Road show. Witnesses say at the front part of the bus was…

Alberta Awakes To More Rain As Flood Crests Near

More rain is expected in Alberta, Canada, as residents awake to the worst flooding in decades. As many as 100,000 people are affected by evacuations in Calgary. All Calgary schools are closed today, and Mayor Naheed Nenshi is advising against non-essential travel. While not as intense as Thursday, more rain was forecast for Friday, with…

Montreal’s Interim Mayor Resigns After Arrest

Montreal’s interim mayor Michael Applebaum announced his resignation today. The move comes one day after he was arrested on corruption and conspiracy charges. Applebaum faces 14 charges, including fraud, conspiracy, breach of trust, and corruption in municipal affairs. He says he will be focusing his energy on his defense and family. “I have a profound…

Montreal’s interim mayor arrested on fraud charges

Montreal’s interim mayor, Michael Applebaum, was arrested and charged early Monday with 14 criminal counts including fraud, breach of trust and conspiracy. Quebec police said the charges involve at least two Montreal real estate transactions from 2006 to 2011 and hundreds of thousands of dollars traded hands. “These allegations rest essentially on obtaining permission and…

Toronto and Ottawa shaken, offices evacuated as two earthquakes hit Ontario and Quebec

Two earthquakes shook eastern Ontario and Quebec Friday morning, rattling buildings and nerves as far away as Barrie, Toronto and Waterloo. A 5.2 magnitude quake hit about 20 kilometres northeast of Shawville, Que., at 9:43 a.m., according to Earthquakes Canada. Although the data initially indicated a 4.2 magnitude earthquake shook Braeside, Ont., 10 minutes later,…

NHL Playoff Infographic: The Fight For The Stanley Cup

Much angst, and ink, has been spilled in recent years over fighting in hockey. Progressives say ban fighting. Traditionalists say ‘over our dead bodies.’ A moral debate rages. Yet what seldom gets asked is: How does fighting affect a team’s performance? Does toughness win games? Is meting out an ugly black eye as valuable as…

‘Canadian Psycho’ Luka Rocco Magnotta Collapses In Court

‘Canadian Psycho’ Luka Rocco Magnotta Collapses In Court A FORMER porn actor accused of murdering and dismembering a Chinese man has collapsed in in a Montreal court, said Canada’s public broadcaster CBC. Luka Rocco Magnotta, 30, asked for a break in the preliminary hearing in which a judge must decide if there is enough evidence…

Canada Closes Iran Embassy, To Expel Remaining Iranian Diplomats

Canada has closed its embassy in Iran and will expel all remaining Iranian diplomats in Canada within five days, Foreign Minister John Baird said on Friday. Baird said in a statement that the Iranian government was “the most significant threat to global peace and security in the world today.” He cited Iran’s nuclear program and…