Relying completely on the kindness and generosity of a town of complete strangers caused a profound transformation in Kevin Tuerff, and now he’s trying to transform the world around him. “I can’t pay (the people of Gander) back, so I can pay it forward,” said Tuerff on Friday at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, touting his new book and new outlook, which both flowed from his time spent in the Newfoundland community in the immediate aftermath of Sept. 11. Tuerff, the inspiration for the character Kevin T in the hit musical Come from Away, was in Toronto for a reading, a talk and to sign his book Channel of Peace, a memoir about his experience when his plane from Paris to New York was diverted to Gander after the 2001 terrorist attacks. Gander’s 9,000 residents took in about 6,500 passengers whose flights ended up in their town. Tuerff, a Texas native then in charge of an environmental marketing firm, was deeply touched — “there are good people everywhere, but there’s just a special place in my heart for the people of Newfoundland.”The process of writing the memoir was “cathartic,” said Tuerff.
August 18, 2017 22:41 UTC
The camp was set up to cope with the crush of asylum seekers crossing into Canada from the United States. ( Paul Chiasson / THE CANADIAN PRESS )We’ve all grown up with the story of living alongside the world’s longest undefended border. I get to jog past American border patrols, bicycle up to checkpoints (passport in hand), and hike alongside unguarded border markings. The death rate among migrants crossing the Mediterranean has nearly doubled, with more than 1,500 lives lost so far this year. And a reminder that the fantasy of open borders — the cornerstone of which is compliance — is usually a story without a happy ending.
August 18, 2017 21:56 UTC
“We’re playing good baseball. We were hoping like hell we were going to play them last year (in the World Series). For our sake we have to play good. We can’t afford any more bad stretches, but they’re playing good.”It seemed fitting that a turning point early in Friday’s contest came when Jays starter J.A. Only Happ had been watching Smoak and had not headed over to cover first.
August 18, 2017 21:56 UTC
OTTAWA — After controversial events were cancelled at two Toronto campuses this week, Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer says universities have the right to determine which “outside groups” they give platforms to. “I respect the right for universities to determine which outside groups they give a platform to. Prompting Scheer to propose the policy were apparent infringements on conservative voices being heard on campuses, an issue near and dear to his base. Protests were engulfing University of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson over his controversial views on gender pronouns. Asked for his reaction to the chaos, Scheer, who had previously been interviewed by the Rebel, disavowed the outlet.
August 18, 2017 21:44 UTC
Ian Moore Wilson has been identified as the Canadian killed in the Barcelona van attack. Earlier Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed a Canadian had died and four others were injured in the attack in the popular Barcelona tourist area. "It was with great sadness that I learned today that one Canadian was killed and four others injured during yesterday's cowardly terrorist attack in Barcelona," Trudeau said in a statement. A woman lights a candle at a makeshift memorial in the Las Ramblas district in Barcelona on Friday. In total, 13 people were killed in Barcelona and another in the separate attack in the nearby resort town of Cambrils.
August 18, 2017 21:31 UTC
His name, he says, is Oliver Smith and he’s 34 years old, addicted to heroin since he was 21. This pop-up and perhaps others are intended to fill that gap amidst an opioids crisis in the city. Few are amenable to an injection site added into the mix, fearful of even more crime and violence as a result. “Many don’t have them, don’t have any ID, don’t have a permanent address.”Not all heroin users fit the stereotype, nor are they all addicts. These are vulnerable people who often don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
August 18, 2017 21:11 UTC
The company that operates the Toronto Stock Exchange says it is talking to securities regulators about Canadian-listed cannabis companies with operations in the United States, but that there is no ban currently in place on clearing trades of their stocks. TMX Group spokesperson Shane Quinn said Friday the company is in talks with Canadian securities regulators to discuss how to deal with Canadian companies with holdings in the U.S., where the drug is illegal. He said TMX hopes to report its conclusions to the public soon, but wouldn’t say if a ban is being considered. TMX says it issued a clarification on the issue of a ban Thursday to counter unspecified media reports. The drug has been legalized in some form in many states but remains illegal under U.S. federal law.
August 18, 2017 21:00 UTC
It was about a week after Statistics Canada had released its 2016 census language data that it became apparent something had gone badly wrong with the numbers from Quebec. The stakes were high, as census information is relied upon for countless academic studies and government policy decisions. The computer error should have been detected at the source. By Friday morning, staff had isolated the problem, narrowing it down to a processing error on 61,000 follow-up questionnaires. “The computer error should have been detected at the source,” he said, outlining how the automated processes are tested ahead of time to make sure they’re functioning as intended.
August 18, 2017 20:48 UTC
British Columbia's workplace safety agency has released the first official account of a Deadpool 2 stuntwoman's death, saying SJ Harris was thrown from her motorcycle and propelled through a plate glass window. The initial incident report issued by WorkSafeBC confirms witness accounts and adds new details to Monday's tragic accident in Vancouver during filming of the sequel to the popular superhero movie starring Ryan Reynolds. Joi SJ Harris died in a motorcycle accident while filming a stunt for the film Deadpool 2. The report says the motorcycle struck a concrete sidewalk curb and Harris was thrown off the motorcycle and propelled through a plate glass window. WorkSafeBC is continuing to investigate and has asked the local production company to conduct both a preliminary investigation, which was due Wednesday and a full investigation, due one month from the incident.
August 18, 2017 20:48 UTC
'Ideology' behind statuesRichmond's Lee statue stands in the middle of Monument Avenue, an idyllic southern corridor lined with trees and beautiful homes. Along with Lee, the avenue features monuments dedicated to other Confederate leaders, including Jefferson Davis, J.E.B Stuart and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. "What we're up against are sentiments of nostalgia versus actual history," said Christy Coleman, CEO of the American Civil War Museum in Richmond. "These monuments should be a part of our dark past and not of our bright future," wrote Mayor Levar Stoney. 'We should let everyone be able to honour their ancestors, their history, and where they came from,' he said.
August 18, 2017 20:15 UTC
Megan Moores had only ever seen a citizen's arrest on television or in the movies, until she confronted what she believed to be an impaired driver. RCMP responded to the impaired driving call after Moores had stopped driver. Putting her own safety at risk, Moores went after the truck to try and stop the driver who she said was drunk. Moores said she didn't think her mother had even stopped the car before she got out to run after the suspected impaired driver. Her mother blocked the man's truck, but the driver sat still and waited for the RCMP to arrive.
August 18, 2017 20:15 UTC
A judge has approved a hardship fund for former Sears Canada employees that will come from a pool of money set aside to pay bonuses for key employees. The $500,000 fund will help former employees facing difficulty who would have otherwise been eligible for severance payments when they lost their jobs at the retailer. Sears Canada was criticized last month when it received approval to pay millions in bonuses to keep key employees on board while not paying severance to laid-off workers during its court-supervised restructuring. Sears Canada employees were at the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on July 13 to hear a court proceeding that gave the green light for the company to immediately proceed with reaching out to potential buyers while it's under creditor protection. The retailer's court-appointed monitor says the group wants an Ontario judge's permission to launch its case against the company.
August 18, 2017 20:14 UTC
( Bruce Damonte / Bruce Damonte Photography ) The kitchen's deck area offers protected outdoor space with secluded area shaded by trees. ( Bruce Damonte / Bruce Damonte Photography ) A trellis provides some shade from unlimited sunshine. ( Bruce Damonte / Bruce Damonte Photography ) Architect Alex Terry describes Skyline House's curved ceiling as fluid like the coastal fog. ( Bruce Damonte / Bruce Damonte Photography ) The ground-floor bathroom provides a spectacular view. Article Continued BelowAlex Terry, of Terry & Terry Architecture, in Berkley, Calif., answers a few questions about Skyline House: What was your inspiration for this project?
August 18, 2017 20:03 UTC
Robin Thicke's girlfriend is pregnant, and their baby is due on the birthday of Thicke's late father, actor Alan Thicke. April Love Geary made the announcement on Instagram on Thursday alongside a sonogram image. She writes that "the due date is March 1st, Alan's birthday!" The due date is March 1st, Alan's birthday! Thicke's publicist confirmed to The Associated Press on Friday that the couple is expecting a child but had no further comment.
August 18, 2017 19:52 UTC
VANCOUVER — British Columbia’s workplace safety agency has released the first official account of a “Deadpool 2” stuntwoman’s death, saying SJ Harris was thrown off a motorcycle and propelled through a plate glass window. The initial incident report issued by WorkSafeBC confirms witness accounts and adds new details to Monday’s tragic accident in Vancouver during filming of the sequel to the popular superhero movie. It says during the first shooting of the scene, she continued driving beyond the planned stopping spot, continued down a second ramp and across the road. The report says the motorcycle struck a concrete sidewalk curb and Harris was thrown off the motorcycle and propelled through a plate glass window. WorkSafeBC is continuing to investigate and has asked the local production company to conduct both a preliminary investigation, which was due Wednesday, and a full investigation, due one month from the incident.
August 18, 2017 19:30 UTC