OTTAWA — Canada’s ethics watchdog is investigating federal fisheries minister Dominic LeBlanc’s decision to award a lucrative fishing licence to a group in Atlantic Canada with ties to the Liberals and LeBlanc’s own family. The president of NunatuKavut, one of Five Nations’ Indigenous partners, is also a former Liberal MP. The Arctic surf clam licence has been a subject of controversy since the government decided last year to create a new licence and award one quarter of the existing quota to a partnership that included multiple Indigenous communities. The clams are a popular sushi ingredient in Asia and, in 2016, Clearwater’s revenue from surf clam sales was nearly $92 million. “Please take next steps with (the proponent) and ensure that additional Indigenous communities are quickly confirmed,” he wrote in a handwritten note as part of his decision.
May 18, 2018 22:18 UTC
Garret Sparks of the Marlies was the AHL’s top goalie in the regular season, and hasn’t skipped a beat in the playoffs. “You know you’re going to get saves every game that maybe other teams around the league aren’t getting. “It allows us to play our game and allows the guys to worry about their jobs. There are a lot of people that loved that kid, and I wanted to make sure he wasn’t forgotten.” Sparks and Pickard have been outstanding. “You’re in a tough situation coming down (to the minors) when you were thinking you were going to start in the NHL,” added Pickard.
May 18, 2018 22:18 UTC
Former prime minister Stephen Harper is injecting himself into the Ontario election campaign, the Star has learned. Harper will speak on May 28 at a private $1,222-a-head Toronto fundraiser, hosted by former premier Mike Harris for his son Mike Harris, Jr., who is running for the Progressive Conservatives in Kitchener-Conestoga. Then Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2015. Harper will speak at a private $1,222-a-head Toronto fundraiser, hosted by former premier Mike Harris for his son Mike Harris, Jr., at the Albany Club on King St. E. ( Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS file photo )The 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. event will be held at the exclusive Albany Club on King St. E. and the ticket price is the maximum annual provincial political contribution allowed. He was prime minister from 2006 until he lost the last federal election in 2015 to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
May 18, 2018 22:10 UTC
Police in two separate jurisdictions are investigating leaks of confidential information allegedly used by Ontario Progressive Conservatives in nomination battles for the June 7 election. Officers with the York Region department north of Toronto have begun looking into the “internal theft” of information on 60,000 customers of the private 407 ETR toll highway. The NDP has formally asked Elections Ontario to investigate whether other candidates have used the data, as the incident becomes a major issue in the election. Tory Leader Doug Ford repeated Friday that the party took swift action over the affair, accepting candidate Simmer Sandhu’s resignation, and does not believe it extends any further. That contender for the Brampton Centre candidacy was disqualified by the party just before the nomination vote last month.
May 18, 2018 22:07 UTC
The former chief of the Mikinaks, a self-proclaimed Indigenous community that gained infamy in 2016, is now fending off threats and online harassment because she's received Indian status. I don't tell the Canadian government who's Canadian and who's not. - Serge Simon, grand chief of the Mohawk Council of KanesatakeIt's a decision that Ottawa has no right to make, according to Grand Chief of the Mohawk Council of Kanesatake. Instead of us doing that for ourselves," said Grand Chief Serge Simon. (Sarah Leavitt/CBC)"I don't tell the Canadian government who's Canadian and who's not.
May 18, 2018 22:07 UTC
And then proclaims his 80,000-member union will swing its support behind “the next premier of Ontario …”Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath waves from her campaign bus at an event in St. Catharines, Ont. ( Frank Gunn / THE CANADIAN PRESS )That would be New Democratic Party Leader Andrea Horwath. Your callAfter a disastrous 2014 campaign where Wynne stole her thunder, Horwath’s NDP is back in the game again — older, wiser, and in winning form. Like the late federal NDP leader Jack Layton, Horwath is casting herself as a happy warrior pitching hope, not fear or anger. This time, Horwath’s NDP is mindful of the mistakes of history, conscious of the “historic” election endorsement she has just received from ETFO.
May 18, 2018 22:06 UTC
CALGARY — A project to build a reservoir that would help protect Calgary from a repeat of the 2013 flooding that ravaged parts of the city has been delayed 10 months. The Alberta government says more time was needed to provide information on the Springbank off-stream reservoir to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency. The province says that, in the meantime, it will focus on buying land for the project. The Springbank reservoir was one of the mitigation measures ordered by the government after the floods. Some of the families against the project have owned ranches around Springbank since the 1880s.
May 18, 2018 22:00 UTC
VOLCANO, Hawaii — The Latest on the eruption of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano (all times local):8:10 p.m. Fast-moving lava has crossed a road and isolated about 40 homes in a rural subdivision below Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, forcing at least four people to be evacuated by county and National Guard helicopters. Hawaii County Civil Defence said Friday that police, firefighters and National Guard troops were securing the area of the Big Island and stopping people from entering. ——7:30 p.m.Hawaii officials warned residents that fast-moving lava was approaching an area near homes that were previously destroyed by eruptions from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano. About 40 homes were isolated in the newly affected area east of Leilani Estates and Lanipuna Gardens — two neighbourhoods where lava has destroyed 40 structures, including 26 homes, over the past two weeks.
May 18, 2018 21:39 UTC
A week after Marcus Stroman went on the disabled list, the Blue Jays lost another starter to injury. Left-hander Jaime Garcia was added to the 10-day DL on Friday with left shoulder inflammation, hours before the second game of the Jays’ series against the Oakland Athletics. Jays lefty starter Jaime Garcia is on the 10-day DL with left shoulder inflammation. ( Carlos Osorio / Toronto Star )“It flared up a couple days ago,” Jays manager John Gibbons said. Gibbons held Biagini and Gaviglio back in Thursday’s 10-5 loss to the A’s, when the Jays used six relievers.
May 18, 2018 21:33 UTC
With only 20 beds vacant, Toronto is within seven days of evoking an emergency plan to house the growing number of refugees settling in the city after crossing the U.S.-Canada border, Mayor John Tory says. The number of refugees seeking shelter in Toronto is expected to grow this year. ( Paul Chiasson / THE CANADIAN PRESS )As of Thursday, there were 2,683 refugee claimants in the Toronto shelter system, accounting for 41 per cent of the shelter population. “We are seeing on average 10 new refugee claimants added to our shelter system each and every day. Already, we have added 1,080 motel beds to our refugee program within the shelter system,” Tory said.
May 18, 2018 21:28 UTC
In a packed Ottawa courtroom Friday, a former middle school teacher pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a then 14-year-old boy whom she taught in her classroom and coached on the basketball court. Boy was transferred to her classAccording to an agreed statement of facts read aloud in court, Cowan-Wilson was the victim's basketball coach for Grade 7 and 8. After the victim entered high school, Cowan-Wilson met personally with his mother and asked if he could return to Sir Winston Churchill to help her coach basketball. Her relationship with the boy was discovered after his eldest sister found a love letter from Cowan-Wilson in the victim's room. "She preyed upon him," the victim's father said.
May 18, 2018 21:12 UTC
Police say they have arrested a man from Qualicum Beach, B.C., in connection to threatening calls made to women across the province where they were identified by name and address and told cameras had been installed in their homes. Officers say they have evidence that links all the offences. He told victims he was watching them through cameras he'd installed in their home. Police described the calls at the time as troubling, but had no evidence cameras had been installed in any of the victims' homes. Mounties also said most calls were made to victims' home phone numbers but in some cases female employees of lingerie and swimwear stores received calls at their workplace.
May 18, 2018 21:11 UTC
SANTA FE, Texas — A substitute teacher who relatives say had a “lust for life” and a foreign exchange student from Pakistan are among the first confirmed victims of mass shooting at a Texas high school. Here are some of their stories:CYNTHIA TISDALEFamily members confirmed that substitute teacher Cynthia Tisdale was among the victims killed in the shooting. Tisdale’s niece, Leia Olinde, said Tisdale was like a mother to her and helped her shop for wedding dresses last year. Tisdale’s house was the centre for family gatherings, and she loved cooking Thanksgiving dinner and decorating her house, Olinde said. Shubert told the Houston Chronicle that he then heard “three loud pops” before the attacker fled into the hall.
May 18, 2018 21:02 UTC
We’re talking about taking selfies, the self-facing images that are dominating social media apps like Instagram and Facebook. Helena Christensen says lighting is the “most important factor” in making an image, but it need not be bright, natural light. ( SUBMITTED IMAGE ) Helena Christensen has been engaged by Huawei to give tutorials on how to take better selfies. ( SUBMITTED IMAGES ) Helena Christensen was hired by Huawei to give tutorials on how to optimize selfie-taking with its P20 and P20 Pro smartphones. “With a selfie, hold up your hand, move it around, as you look at it, see how the light is changing,” instructs Christensen.
May 18, 2018 21:00 UTC
A Court of Queen's Bench judge has ruled that contracts Regina canola trader Input Capital Corporation (ICC) made with a Saskatchewan farmer were "heavily one-sided" and "unconscionable" and therefore "they must all be set aside." The entire contractual relationship between Mr. Gustafson and ICC is substantially unfair and cannot be permitted to stand. Justice Jeffery Kalmakoff, in his ruling released late Thursday, says ICC's agreements with Gustafson were "heavily one-sided" and "unconscionable." Kuski said in court he attempted to show the contracts "were unfair and that Mr. Gustafson was taken advantage of and the judge ruled that." ICC bargained in 'an unconscionable manner'In reviewing the agreements between ICC and Gustafson, Kalmakoff found "the contracts are heavily one-sided."
May 18, 2018 20:58 UTC