Power to the renter: Vancouver Tenants Union hopes to put rep in every building

The Vancouver Tenants Union says its ready to represent renters across the city, and hopes to sign up thousands of members to be a collective voice for residents facing eviction and unfair rent increases. Dozens of renters in Vancouver listened to stories of eviction problems, lack of appropriate housing and what can be done about it at launch for a collective group called the Vancouver Tenants' Union on Saturday, April 29, 2017. A volunteer with the Vancouver Tenants' Union wearing one of the organization's t-shirts. It hopes to represent thousands of renters across the city for an annual membership fee of $1/year. "The idea would be a union rep in every building, so if you're having a problem you know who to talk to," said O'Keefe.

April 30, 2017 04:30 UTC

Pittsburgh Penguins in command with 2-0 series lead after romping past Washington Capitals 6-2

The Penguins lightly celebrated the fifth goal of a 6-2 win that delivered a 2-0 lead in this second-round Stanley Cup playoff series ahead of Monday’s Game 3 in Pittsburgh. But other than that I think we’ve done some good things.”The start was the stain on the Penguins’ win. RelatedThe Capitals finished with 16 shots on goal in the first period while the Penguins had just five. The Capitals went on two power plays after the Penguins didn’t allow one in the entirety of Game 1. The third goal of the second period led the Capitals to replace Braden Holtby with Philipp Grubauer at the start of the third period.

April 30, 2017 04:10 UTC

Kessel, Crosby, Fleury spark Penguins past Capitals in Game 2

Phil Kessel of the Penguins celebrates after his third period goal in Saturday night's Game 2 win over the Capitals in Washington. ( Rob Carr / GETTY IMAGES )WASHINGTON—When Sidney Crosby wasn’t beating the Washington Capitals putting the puck through his legs, he was doing it belly down on the ice. No matter the unconventional plays or style of game, Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins are rolling after beating the Capitals 6-2 in Game 2 Saturday night to take a 2-0 lead in the second-round series between the NHL’s top two teams. Sullivan called Fleury the Penguins’ best player, and even with Crosby’s four points through two games he’s not wrong. Holtby has not been on his game for the Capitals and was pulled after allowing three goals on 14 shots.

April 30, 2017 03:33 UTC

NJ Devils win top pick in NHL draft lottery

The New Jersey Devils were the big winners of Saturday’s NHL Draft Lottery moving up from No. 5 to earn the top selection in June’s NHL Draft, much to the surprise of general manager Ray Shero. It marks the third time in draft lottery history that a team has moved from the fifth spot to No. For us, as a franchise, you’ve got some real good players here.”For the first time the Vegas Golden Knights were participants in the NHL Draft Lottery. Vegas will have the sixth overall selection while Arizona will pick seventh at the 2017 NHL Draft, which will be held at Chicago’s United Center June 23 and 24th.

April 30, 2017 03:16 UTC

Tragic collision renews calls for safety improvements to Lougheed Highway

Drivers are renewing calls for safety improvements to the stretch of highway where three people, including two young children, were killed on Friday in a multi-vehicle collision. Some commuters driving through the intersection of Lougheed Highway and Pitt River Road on Saturday say more needs to be done in the area. "It's a little narrow, it's not well lit, there's no center divider," said driver Chris Sullivan. Even the suggestion of a median won't work because of how narrow the road is, he said. "We've asked our engineers to contemplate how we could do it ... put a barrier down the middle — but there's simply not enough roadway to accommodate a barrier," Stewart said.

April 30, 2017 02:48 UTC

Postmedia newspapers honoured with 21 Ontario Newspaper Awards

Postmedia’s newspapers won 21 Ontario Newspaper Awards at a gala held Saturday night in Hamilton attended by roughly 250 journalists, editors, photographers and publishers. The London Free Press and Windsor Star earned five awards each, while the Niagara Falls Review, Sudbury Star and Woodstock Sentinel Review each won two. The Woodstock Sentinel Review’s John Colgan took home two awards as well, for both sports writing and sports photographer for a newspaper with a circulation below 25,000. “Consumers of news can rely on and trust what they read in Ontario newspapers. Founded in 1953, the Ontario Newspaper Awards recognize excellence in journalism among some three dozen newspapers based outside Toronto.

April 30, 2017 02:26 UTC

Man in life-threatening condition after falling 30-feet in Ryerson building

A man in his 20s is in life-threatening condition after he fell 30-feet down an escalator at Mattamy Athletic Centre, the former Maple Leaf Gardens building on Saturday evening. Police rushed to the historic building near Carlton and Church Sts. at around 7:53 p.m. after receiving a call about the incident. According to investigators, the caller indicated the man may have been on the rails of an escalator before he fell approximately 30 feet. It is unclear if the man was drinking prior to the accident, said Const.

April 30, 2017 02:15 UTC

Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo thrills tens of thousands, invokes magical memories

Many of the big names in the entertainment world were on hand Saturday at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo, along with tens of thousands of fans, and for some it's about connecting with their favourite characters and actors. Marissa Graham, from Saskatoon, knew she would make the trip to Calgary when she learned Nathan Fillion was scheduled to appear. Murray put a lot of effort into her Sansa Stark costume from Game of Thrones, saying the character really speaks to her. 'We both started crying'Actor Garrett Wang of Star Trek: Voyager fame is a regular at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo. When Wang's appearance at that year's expo was confirmed, the young lady said Hong couldn't wait to get tickets.

April 30, 2017 02:03 UTC

Man falls 2 storeys from escalator in old Maple Leaf Gardens building

Toronto police are investigating after a man believed to be in his 20s suffered critical injuries after falling two storeys from the top of an escalator. Paramedics were called to the scene of Carlton and Church streets in the downtown just before 8 p.m. after getting reports that a man had fallen. Police said there were reports he may have fallen over the escalator's handrail. Toronto EMS deputy commander Evert Steenge told CBC Toronto the victim plunged about 10 metres and was rushed to a trauma centre in life-threatening condition. A large police presence could be seen around the old Maple Leaf Gardens building, part of which is now a Loblaws, resulting in closures within the building, Const.

April 30, 2017 01:32 UTC

April to finish with showers before May flowers

But true to the adage, first we have April showers and the final day of the month does not disappoint. Environment Canada is calling for a 70 per cent chance of rain for Sunday, with a risk of a thunderstorm and possible fog patches after midnight. More rain is set to follow at the break of May, with a 60 per cent chance of showers on Monday moving down to a 30 per cent chance on Tuesday. Toronto should be getting our first hint of sun for the week on Wednesday, although a high of 14 C will make it cooler than Monday’s 18 C forecast. Only time will tell if sunshine will win out for the rest of the upcoming month, but umbrellas should definitely be on hand for Sunday.

April 30, 2017 01:30 UTC

Top Canadian prospect Justin Senior picked up by Seahawks in NFL draft

“I owe that to all the people that helped me get here, to just keep working and be a better and better player. Even on the day he was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks, offensive tackle Justin Senior was putting in work to get better and better. Senior played in the Senior Bowl on Jan. 28 before competing at the NFL combine. Senior was not the only Canadian to join an NFL team on Saturday, as tight end Anthony Auclair, offensive lineman Geoff Gray and defensive lineman Eli Ankou were all signed as free agents. 2 rated prospect for the upcoming CFL draft but he wants to become a part of Tampa Bay’s high-octane offence.

April 30, 2017 01:07 UTC

Regina residents join in on day of worldwide climate marches

Regina residents held their own climate march in front of the province's legislative assembly Saturday, joining in spirit with thousands of other marchers across Canada and the world. The Regina contingent was there to demonstrate its desire for the Saskatchewan government to take a leading role in addressing climate change. 'It's really important for kids to learn about these things,' said teacher Kim Weiss, right. (Alec Salloum/CBC News)"It is part of the Saskatchewan curriculum to inform kids about ecojustice and to get them to know about the earth and climate change," said Weiss. "It's really important for kids to learn about these things and to see there's a community surrounding these issues."

April 30, 2017 00:56 UTC

8-year-old girl assaulted by man in Stony Plain; RCMP investigating

RCMP in Stony Plain, Alta. are investigating an assault of an eight-year-old girl by an unknown man while playing on a sidewalk near her home. Police said an unknown man then approached the girls. Stony Plain/Spruce Grove/Enoch RCMP are looking for the man, who was last seen walking westbound on 54th Avenue in Stony Plain. Police are asking anyone with information on this man to call the Stony Plain police department at 780-968-7267.

April 30, 2017 00:56 UTC

Washington climate march draws massive crowd amid sweltering heat

Demonstrators protest as they march on Pennsylvania Avenue, during the People's Climate March in Washington D.C., on April, 29, 2017. ( JOSHUA LOTT / AFP/GETTY IMAGES ) Demonstrators chant during the People's Climate March on April 29, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The People’s Climate March, which originated with a massive demonstration in New York in September 2014, picked a symbolically striking day for its 2017 event. People march from the U.S. Capitol to the White House for the People's Climate Movement to protest President Donald Trump's enviromental policies in Washington, DC. It all adds up to a big contrast with the original People’s Climate March in 2014.

April 30, 2017 00:38 UTC

New Jersey Devils win NHL draft lottery, Vancouver Canucks shunted down to No. 5 again

TORONTO — On the outside, a gracious Trevor Linden wore the sincerest of grins as he extended his hand in congratulations to Ray Shero, whose New Jersey Devils had just won the NHL draft lottery on Saturday night. Final draft order Figures in parentheses represents their starting spot based on where they finished in the regular season. A year ago, the Vancouver team president came into the lottery with the third-best odds to snap up the No. The Canucks thought they had won the top pick and were set to select future Hall of Famer Gilbert Perreault. Tweeted Devils star forward Taylor Hall at @hallsy09: “Officially adding “NHL lottery ball specialist” to my hockey resume.”“I really didn’t expect this,” Shero said.

April 30, 2017 00:35 UTC

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