EDMONTON—The United Conservative Party says four of its members will not seek re-election when Alberta voters go to the polls next spring. The four include Wayne Drysdale, who represents Grande Prairie Wapiti, Pat Stier from Livingstone Macleod, Little Bow’s David Schneider and Bonnyville Cold Lake member Scott Cyr. A party official says the four men made their own decision about not running again and wanted to get the word out before the party’s annual meeting next month in Red Deer, Atla. Read more:Jason Kenney wins Alberta legislature seat in byelection

April 20, 2018 21:45 UTC

Pink Lloyd hopes to continue his incredible stakes-winning streak Saturday, on opening day of Woodbine Racetrack’s thoroughbred season, in the six-furlong, $100,000 Jacques Cartier Stakes. Pink Lloyd knows the route: the Jacques Cartier was one of the eight races he won last year. It’s also for his formidable ginger-hued horse, Pink Lloyd, which rose to rock-star fame at the Toronto oval in 2017, winning every start last year, all stakes races. But a lot has changed in the horse racing industry since Tiller saddled his first horse in 1972. My payroll was $700,000 last year.”For his remarkable accomplishments last year, Pink Lloyd was voted Canada’s horse of the year at Thursday’s Sovereign Awards.

April 20, 2018 21:33 UTC

MONTREAL—Starting next week, asylum-seekers arriving through the Canada-United States border could be fast-tracked to shelters and services in Ontario if that is their preferred destination. “Will it be completely functional by the end of next week? A spokesperson for Ontario Immigration Minister Laura Albanese said the province is working with Ottawa and Quebec, but that it was too early to comment on details of how and where asylum-seekers might be transferred to Ontario. Others have flown into the U.S. on tourist visas with the sole purpose of making a refugee claim in Canada. Federal immigration officials are trying to inform potential claimants that they must meet strict standards before they will be granted asylum.

April 20, 2018 21:18 UTC

The first time Charlie McAvoy realized Auston Matthews was special, Matthews didn’t score. That’s just the way it is.” There’s no doubt as to what Auston Matthews is, or at least there shouldn’t be. “And it was just so well known that Auston was our best player, and Jack was their best player, and they were both these generational talents who everyone spoke so highly of. My hockey game really grew. He becomes Auston Matthews from Arizona.” Matthews has a chance to be the greatest American-born player ever; McAvoy has a chance to be great.

April 20, 2018 21:11 UTC

Blue skies, calm water and warm sun bid Colin Sanders bon voyage as he set off on his solo row across the Atlantic Ocean. Screaming winds, massive 25-foot waves.” Expecting to ease into big water, the novice ocean rower was suddenly pitched into the Atlantic’s deep end. After training and classroom instruction in navigation, survival, yachtmaster certification and ocean rowing, Sanders hit the gym for strength and flexibility workouts. “It hit me then that I was all alone, that I was in a big ocean … far away from everywhere. After devouring the fruit, heavy German bread, block of parmesan and hard-boiled eggs he’d packed, he survived on packaged or dried food, and drank sea water that he desalinated himself.

April 20, 2018 21:01 UTC

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra conducted by David Fallis. The downsides of the production seemed to be from the Greek god characters, who each struggled to keep up with the mere mortals. This comic dynamic was a welcome change of pace from the turmoil between the often gloomy Ulysses and Penelope. The choreography was a particular delight, especially the rounds of carousel dancing, which were creatively reprised at the ovation, and even included conductor David Fallis jumping up onstage and joining in the fun. The staging by Gerard Gauci was relatively humble, but the Elgin Theatre suits it, especially with a busy opera like The Return of Ulysses.

April 20, 2018 21:00 UTC

OTTAWA—The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is warning pregnant and breastfeeding women about the potential dangers of cannabis use. The society points to evidence-based studies that suggest potential growth and development issues if cannabis is used while pregnant or breastfeeding. That includes pre-term labour, low birth weight, lower IQ scores and impulsivity and hyperactivity in childhood. Read more:Canadian doctors given advice on prescribing medical pot

April 20, 2018 19:52 UTC

They can in Wim Wenders’ newest film, a geo-political romance starring Alicia Vikander and James McAvoy, and based on the 2011 novel Submergence by J.M. When we first meet Vikander’s ocean-obsessed math genius Dani and McAvoy’s idealistic spy James (what a film had those roles been reversed! James tells her he’s a water engineer, the cover story he plans to use while looking for a terrorist in Somalia. The ending may strike some as excessively simple, even hackneyed; James finds the possibility of deliverance through some remarkable coincidences. As Vikander’s character jokes about her ocean-floor science, you may just be keen to get to the bottom of things.

April 20, 2018 19:17 UTC

While the treatment — also known as lyssin or hydrophobinum — is approved in general by Health Canada, the lyssinum produced by Helios is not licensed for clinical use here. "Helios Homeopathy does not hold a licence for any products containing the ingredient lyssin/hydrophobinum," Health Canada spokesperson Andre Gagnon wrote in an email. "Based on the information provided, Health Canada is opening a case for follow-up." She said Friday she was not aware of the Health Canada investigation. Health Canada has approved a long list of nosodes, including remedies made from the cankers of syphilis patients, the cerebral fluid of people with meningitis and cells taken from carcinomas.

April 20, 2018 19:13 UTC

“We want to answer the question of why the truck was in the intersection,” Saskatchewan RCMP commanding officer Curtis Zablocki told a press conference. Crackdown on inexperienced driversOn Thursday, RCMP confirmed that the semi-truck which collided with the Humboldt Broncos team bus was in an intersection when it shouldn’t have been. The coach was driven into a rigid barrier at 48 km/h, much slower than the speed at which the Humboldt Broncos bus was likely travelling in its final moments (the posted speed limit on Highway 35 was 100 km/h). Large parts of the Humboldt Broncos bus was destroyed in the crash, making seatbelts irrelevant. At Armley Corner, however, the tree cover on the right would have hid the semi-truck until the last moments.

April 20, 2018 19:05 UTC

For years, spring has signaled the return of North Atlantic right whales – one of Earth’s most endangered species – to Cape Cod Bay. Fewer than 450 North Atlantic right whales remain, including just over 100 breeding females. One account describes the death of 29 right whales in Cape Cod Bay on a single day in 1700. About 85 percent of all North Atlantic right whales bear entanglement scars, and the problem now causes an average of 3.25 deaths and severe injuries per year. “My thinking is, the right whales have the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act in their favor,” Haviland said.

April 20, 2018 18:56 UTC

Over Fiorito’s career, column writing and poetry often fed into each other, he told the Star in an interview. Knowing this is necessary, given his new book, City Poems, is somewhat of a distillation of his newspaper years into honed verse (Fiorito retired about a year-and-a-half ago from the Star after about 14 years). Former Star columnist Joe Fiorito often observed Toronto through the lens of the most vulnerable people, unafraid to bash the systemic complications that placed them there in the first place. How did your column writing fuel your poetry? The book itself took a year-and-a-half to write and a life time to learn how to write about it.

April 20, 2018 18:56 UTC

LONDON, Ont.—Police are asking business owners in southwestern Ontario to evaluate the benefits of having an ATM following numerous thefts of the machines from gas stations, restaurants and convenience stores. Thieves have targeted 58 businesses in the Brant, Waterloo, Hamilton, Owen Sound and Niagara areas since January 2017, Ontario Provincial Police said Friday. The thieves usually hit sometime between midnight and 5 a.m., ramming a stolen vehicle — usually a pickup truck or SUV — through the front entrance or windows of the building, wrapping a chain around the ATM and ripping it from the business, police said. “These guys are driving these trucks right into these businesses, right through the windows — plate glass windows and doors — and it’s not hard to break glass with a truck,” said OPP Sgt. “Everybody has these machines with lots of money in them and they’re easy targets for thieves,” Rektor said.

April 20, 2018 18:56 UTC

— Prominent Newfoundlanders are criticizing a town’s rejection of a rainbow crosswalk sought by a high school group as a show of support for the LGBTQ community. Comedian Mark Critch and former Great Big Sea members Alan Doyle and Bob Hallett offered support for the Gender-Sexuality Alliance (GSA) at Indian River High School after Springdale, N.L., town council reportedly voted 4-3 against the crosswalk. Springdale town councillors refused to comment Friday. “We enjoy our town of Springdale and have a good relationship with the mayor and town officials. Earlier this spring, city council in Merritt, B.C., rejected a similar request from high school groups there.

April 20, 2018 18:45 UTC

HALIFAX — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is being pushed by his backbenchers and grassroots Liberals to take a more progressive stance on issues such as pharmacare, prostitution and illegal drugs. Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s most recent federal budget announced the creation of an advisory committee, headed by former Ontario health minister Eric Hoskins, to study the implementation of national pharmacare. 1 priority.”New Democrats approved a resolution on national pharmacare at their recent convention. Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor reiterated Friday that Canada and Portugal are very different countries. But Toronto MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith urged grassroots Liberals not to take no for an answer.

April 20, 2018 18:45 UTC