Laine-Matthews looking like rivalry for the ages

He then stepped up with a hat trick in his fourth NHL game, almost equalling Matthews' historic four-goal NHL debut. "History speaks for itself when not many guys as first-year players, right out of their draft, put up those kind of numbers and have that kind of impact," van Riemsdyk said. "You see him, if even if he loses the puck in the offensive zone, he's right there on it to get it back before they even know it," Andersen said. He's a big guy, but he's going to get bigger, he's going to get stronger, and that's only going to make him more dynamic." "He's been one of our best players game in, game out, if not our best player," van Riemsdyk said.

February 21, 2017 21:56 UTC

Government must find ways to boost Canadian content in a digital world: report

OTTAWA—A report commissioned by the Heritage Department suggests the federal government find new ways to boost Canadian content in a digital world, opening the door to potential new taxes or levies to help struggling producers. But the report, based on consultations conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs, doesn’t contain specific recommendations for funding mechanisms. The consultations, launched in September, involved tens of thousands of participants through in-person events and the web. There were calls to review the mandates of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the country’s broadcast regulator, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.

February 21, 2017 21:42 UTC

Surrey announces headliners for Canada 150 celebrations

Nelly Furtado, Hedley and Shawn Hook will all be featured performers in Surrey as the city commemorates Canada's 150th anniversary. "I am delighted that our signature events will have major headliners who are not only first-rate artist in their own right but they are all homegrown talent from B.C.," said Mayor Linda Hepner. The Surrey Celebrates Canada 150 lineup includes:April 22 - Party for the Planet featuring Vancouver's Shawn HookJuly1 - Canada Day Concert with HedleyJuly 22-23 - Fusion Festival featuring Victoria's Nelly Furtado​

February 21, 2017 21:35 UTC

Mardi Gras fun needs fusion of craft beer with classic delicacies

Here are a few beer pairings to go with the Cajun and Creole classics that you might be serving Tuesday night. But almost always, there’s ham (such as the spicy tasso ham) or a smoky, spicy andouille sausage. Meet smoky and slightly sweet, in the form of this southern German brew which uses malt smoked in the brewery’s own kilns, over beechwood fires. It’s the perfectly sinful finish to a Mardi Gras meal, and is a New Orleans classic (Café du Monde, anyone?). It’s slightly sweet, and perfumed with vanilla and cocoa.

February 21, 2017 21:33 UTC

Health premiums cut in half in pre-election B.C. budget

As part of its 2017 budget, the Liberal government announced approximately two million British Columbians will have their monthly Medical Services Plan (MSP) premiums cut in half starting Jan. 1, 2018. Of that number, one million British Columbians who currently have their premiums paid for by their employer or are part of a group plan will also qualify for the break. The MSP premium reduction is the broadest form of financial relief in British Columbia's fifth consecutive balanced budget presented in the provincial legislature on Tuesday. MSP premium still 'unfair'Iglika Ivanova from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives said even with the reductions the MSP premium remains unfair. "We have sought to ensure that British Columbians realize the benefits of that because they are the ones that made it happen."

February 21, 2017 21:31 UTC

Houston police find no evidence of shooting after reports of gunfire at hospital

HOUSTON—The police chief in Houston says no one has been found injured and there’s no evidence of a shooting amid reports of gunfire inside the hospital at the Texas Medical Center. Chief Art Acevedo says his officers were making a second search of Ben Taub Hospital, one of the city’s major trauma centres. Police began receiving reports of gunfire shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday. Dozens of officers and SWAT team members are at the hospital. Television images from helicopters showed dozens of employees leaving the hospital, some of them attending to patients who appeared to have been evacuated on gurneys or in wheelchairs.

February 21, 2017 21:26 UTC

Man charged in death of Tina Fontaine to go directly to trial in Winnipeg

Raymond Cormier is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine. ( Winnipeg Police Department )WINNIPEG—The man charged in the death of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine is going directly to trial. The lawyer for Raymond Cormier, who is charged with second-degree murder, says the next step is to set a trial date. Read more: Man accused of killing Tina Fontaine will fight murder chargeArticle Continued Below▶ Winnipeg police say evidence brought to them by the people of Manitoba helped them charge Raymond Joseph Cormier with second-degree murder in the death of Tina Fontaine. Tina Fontaine’s death spurred calls for an inquiry into murdered and missing indigenous women.

February 21, 2017 21:22 UTC

Ontario teacher faces discipline for allegedly telling students they 'could die' from vaccination

A southern Ontario high school teacher allegedly tried to scare his students into not getting vaccinated for polio, diphtheria and other diseases, a discipline panel of the Ontario College of Teachers heard on Tuesday. The college alleges that on March 9, 2015, Sullivan disrupted the clinic at the high school where he teaches. Swick told the hearing that Sullivan requested the product monographs — inserts that contain detailed medical information — for each of the vaccines. In her 20 years of experience administering vaccinations at schools, Swick said, a teacher had never before asked for this material. I'm pro informed consent,' Sullivan told reporters at the hearing in Toronto on Tuesday.

February 21, 2017 21:11 UTC

Deadline looms for Dakota Access pipeline protest camp

As dawn breaks over an encampment that was once home to thousands of people protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline, a few hundred holdouts rise for another day of resistance. The protests have been led by Native American tribes, particularly the Standing Rock Sioux and Cheyenne River Sioux, whose reservation is downstream. Doug Burgum talked with Archambault on the telephone about efforts to clean up and vacate the protest camp, Burgum's office said. The cleanup continues at a North Dakota encampment near Cannon Ball where Dakota Access oil pipeline opponents have demonstrated for months. "They're talking like it will be a flood that will wipe out all of existence," said Luke Black Elk, a Cheyenne River Sioux from South Dakota.

February 21, 2017 21:11 UTC

‘He can do it on his own’: How Alex DeBrincat left Connor McDavid’s shadow and made junior hockey history

Alex DeBrincat has no trouble remembering the events of Sept. 27, 2013. Exasperated by the unceasing target on his back, DeBrincat lost his composure during a heated high school hockey game in Lake Forest, Ill., a small town about 40 miles north of Chicago. McCourt accrued 168 goals in 201 games; DeBrincat, the Otters’ franchise leader in goals, has 153 in 179 with 12 games left on the schedule. (Of those 128 games, McDavid and/or Strome appeared in 123.) RelatedClearly, despite his exploits, the jury is still out on DeBrincat in certain pockets of the hockey community.

February 21, 2017 21:11 UTC

Liberals unveil resettlement plan for 1,200 Yazidis and other victims of ISIS

In addition to 1,200 government-assisted refugees, the government says it also intends to facilitate private sponsorships of Yazidi refugees. The announcement comes four months after the House of Commons unanimously supported a Conservative motion that called on the government to provide asylum to an unspecified number of Yazidi women and girls. Although the motion referred only to providing asylum to Yazidi women and girls, the 1,200 refugees will include male family members. Still, he says a "significant majority" of the 1,200 will be Yazidi due to the "high level of violence" they've suffered. While the majority of the 1,200 refugees will come from Iraq, the government says some will also be accepted from Lebanon and Turkey.

February 21, 2017 20:53 UTC

Controversial bill to impose contract on teachers passed into law

Bill 75, a controversial piece of legislation to impose a contract on Nova Scotia's 9,300 public school teachers, has been passed into law. (Robert Trump/CBC)Teachers and supporters picketed outside Province House on Tuesday afternoon to show their opposition to the bill. Protesters roared outside Province House and people in the legislature's gallery chanted "shame" at MLAs when the vote was complete. Nurses join teachers in protest outside Province House Tuesday. Nova Scotia Teachers Union president Liette Doucet speaks at Province House on Feb. 21, 2017.

February 21, 2017 20:52 UTC

Richard McMillan, Canadian theatre star, dead at 65

Richard McMillan was hailed for his deftness at going from fiery to funny on stage. ( The Canadian Press )Celebrated Canadian theatre actor Richard McMillan has died at the age of 65. McMillan died on Sunday in Toronto after a long struggle with thyroid cancer. McMillan was the first actor to portray the villainous Scar in the Canadian production of Disney’s The Lion King staged at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto. You couldn’t take your eyes off him.” McMillan received four Dora Mavor Moore Awards, a Gemini, and a Toronto Theatre Critics Award over the course of his illustrious career.

February 21, 2017 20:48 UTC

Milo Yiannopoulos quits Breitbart over pro-pedophilia comments

Milo Yiannopoulos has resigned as editor of Breitbart Tech after coming under fire from other conservatives over comments about sexual relationships between boys and older men. Polarizing right-wing writer Milo Yiannopoulos was by turns apologetic for comments he made about sexual relationships between boys and men and adamant he had been the subject of “a cynical media witch hunt” on Tuesday as he spoke after resigning as an editor at Breitbart News. Yiannopoulos opened his remarks to reporters by saying two men, including a priest, had touched him inappropriately when he was between the ages of 13 and 16. “My experiences as a victim led me to believe I could say anything I wanted to on this subject, no matter how outrageous,” he said. “But I understand that my usual blend of British sarcasm, provocation and gallows humour might have come across as flippancy, a lack of care for other victims or, worse, advocacy.

February 21, 2017 20:44 UTC

Everyone was dead: When Europeans first came to B.C., they stepped into the aftermath of a holocaust

“There are reasons to believe that (this land) has been infinitely more populous,” wrote Vancouver in an account of the voyage published after his death. The epidemic that burned itself out in the forests of British Columbia was the most significant event in North American history. In British Columbia, as with depopulated regions across the continent, Europeans were literally stepping over the bones of the dead to find vast landscapes populated by small bands of traumatized survivors. In 1862, just as the colony of British Columbia was getting its footing, the indigenous descendants of the 1782 survivors were hit again. Another smallpox epidemic once again killed more than half of B.C.’s native population and peppered the landscape with mass graves and abandoned settlements.

February 21, 2017 20:26 UTC