Father of Navy SEAL killed in Yemen raid refused to meet Trump at ceremony

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives at Dover Air Force Base to meet with the family of William Owens, who was killed in an anti-terrorism raid in Yemen. Owens' father has said that he refused to meet with the president, and has called for an investigation into the mission. ( STEPHEN CROWLEY / The New York Times )FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA.—The father of a Navy SEAL killed during an anti-terrorism raid in Yemen is demanding an investigation into its planning and criticized the Trump administration for its timing. The elder Owens told the Herald he refused to meet with the president because the family had requested a private ceremony. “I told them I didn’t want to make a scene about it, but my conscience wouldn’t let me talk to him,” Owens told the Herald.

February 26, 2017 17:14 UTC

Police investigating fatal Saturday shooting near Thorncliffe Park

A man in his 20s has died after a shooting near Thorncliffe Park on Saturday evening. Police said they found the victim in life-threatening condition in a parking lot on Thorncliffe Park Drive near Overlea Blvd. Paramedics rushed him to a local trauma centre, where he was later pronounced dead. Toronto police’s homicide unit will now take over the investigation. A suspect description was not immediately released.

February 26, 2017 17:03 UTC

'It's such a life transforming event': Burnaby ring dancer swings into Cavalia

At 19-years-old, she's been selected to perform for Cavalia — a major circus production born from the minds behind Cirque du Soliel. She's working under the guidance of Alain Gauthier, one of Cirque du Soleil's the original acrobats. "And I know the feeling and all the life experiences that it brings ... it's such a life transforming event." With the CN Tower in the background, acrobat Alain Gauthier of Quebec-based Cirque du Soleil shows his skills. The mentor will continue to help Sargent shine both on and off the stage.

February 26, 2017 16:52 UTC

'I am proud to be here': 7 more asylum seekers walk into Manitoba, where it's –20 C

Seven more asylum seekers risked dangerously cold temperatures as they walked across the Canada-U.S. border into Emerson, Man., early Sunday. Police interview asylum seekers who risked dangerously cold temperatures as they walked across the Canada-U.S. border early Sunday. He said he came across the other asylum seekers, who he believed were also from Somalia, along the way. Greg Janzen, the reeve of Emerson, said at least four people walked across the border early Saturday. Since January, more than 130 asylum seekers have walked across the border into Emerson.

February 26, 2017 16:47 UTC

Goodale rejects request to boost border staff to deal with asylum seekers

Canada's public safety minister has rejected a call from a former cabinet colleague to ramp up resources at the Manitoba border in light of a recent surge of asylum seekers, who've been trickling into the province. But a spokesperson for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale rejected Mihychuk's call and said the Emerson border is already sufficiently staffed by the RCMP and the Canada Border Services Agency. 7 more asylum seekers arriveA CBC journalist spotted a group of seven asylum seekers walking into Manitoba around 4 a.m. Sunday. (Jill Coubrough / CBC)The Manitoba government said Friday that more than 130 asylum seekers have snuck into Manitoba alone this year. Mihychuk said when she returns to Ottawa, she will "suggest" that Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale provide more border agents at Emerson to deal with future waves of refugee claimants.

February 26, 2017 16:41 UTC

‘One of the burdens of being a juror is the isolation you have’: Juror with PTSD urges others to get help

Farrant was later diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and has become an outspoken advocate for the need to provide counselling for jurors hearing horrific cases. “One of the burdens of being a juror is the isolation you have,” Farrant said in an interview with The Canadian Press. “A juror is the best judge of their own mental health and their own state,” he said. The support program is available at the end of a trial or a coroner’s inquest if jurors need it. “It absolutely does affect lawyers — hardened or not — (just) as it can affect any other observer or someone present in the courtroom during an extended, difficult trial like that,” said Ian Savage.

February 26, 2017 16:41 UTC

Canadian school boards question trips to U.S. as travel ban debate continues

Schools across Canada are grappling with the uncertainty of U.S. travel restrictions and how that affects upcoming student trips across the border. Trump has vowed to bring in a new travel ban order to replace the one that the American courts have suspended pending a legal challenge by Washington State and Minnesota. The Pembina Trails school board isn't considering new rules around travel in light of the situation in the U.S., even if another ban is implemented. The Greater Essex County School Board in southwestern Ontario decided earlier this month to cancel a handful of trips over concerns of safety and equity. The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board sent a letter to parents to confirm whether their children will participate in upcoming trips across the border to determine whether plans should go ahead.

February 26, 2017 16:18 UTC

Bobsleigh - Lochner and Friedrich share gold for Germany - Other Sports

(Reuters) - Germany's top two four-man bobsleigh crews could not be separated as they shared gold in a thrilling conclusion to the world championships in Konigssee on Sunday. The sleds of Johannes Lochner and Francesco Friedrich were the last two to complete their fourth runs on the German ice track and both clocked a combined time of 3:14.10. To complete Germany's domination third place went to Nico Walther's sled with a combined time of 3:14.26. The men's skeleton gold went to Latvia's Martins Dukurs for the fifth time in his career. After four runs he pipped Germany's Axel Jungk by 0.37 seconds.

February 26, 2017 16:18 UTC

Bill Paxton dies at 61 due to complications from surgery

Bill Paxton, the prolific and charismatic actor whose many memorable roles included an astronaut in Apollo 13 and a treasure hunter in Titanic, has died from complications due to surgery. Bill Paxton, right, co-starred with Helen Hunt in the iconic action film Twister, directed by Jan De Bont, centre. Cast member Bill Paxton (second right) poses with Big Love co-stars, from left: Jeanne Tripplehorn, Chloe Sevigny and Ginnifer Goodwin. — @tomhanksSome of my favorite memories are of floating around in a tiny vessel with big hearted,hilarious,brilliant Bill Paxton. — @kevinbaconI'm devastated about the passing of Bill Paxton.

February 26, 2017 16:16 UTC

Bill Paxton, Emmy-winning actor known for roles in HBO shows and the movie Titanic, dead at 61

Emmy-award winning actor Bill Paxton has died at the age of 61. Multiple media report a family statement that says the actor died as a result of complications from surgery. He won an Emmy for his role in the HBO show Hatfields and McCoys. He was also the star of HBO’s Big Love and known for many popular film roles, including Apollo 13, Titanic and Edge of Tomorrow. RelatedHe was cast in a film adaptation of Dave Eggers’ novel The Circle, which is now in post-production.

February 26, 2017 16:07 UTC

Swedes puzzled over Swedish 'security adviser' on Fox News

A transatlantic wave of puzzlement is rippling across Sweden for the second time in a week, after a prominent Fox News program featured a "Swedish defence and national security adviser" who's unknown to the country's military and foreign-affairs officials. Then, Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly convened an on-air faceoff Thursday over Swedish immigration and crime between a Swedish newspaper reporter and a man identified on screen and verbally as a "Swedish defence and national security adviser," Nils Bildt. Bill O'Reilly talked to a man identified by the Fox News host's show as a national security adviser about the impact immigrants are having on Sweden's social programs. But if viewers might have taken the "adviser" for a government insider, the Swedish Defence Ministry and Foreign Office told the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter they knew nothing of him. His bio speaks to expertise on defence and national security issues, saying his experience includes serving as a naval officer, working for a Japanese official and writing books on issues ranging from investment and political climates to security issues in working in hostile environments.

February 26, 2017 16:07 UTC

Canadian moguls star Mikael Kingsbury wins seventh straight World Cup gold

ZHANGJIAKOU, CHINA—Canadian moguls star Mikael Kingsbury capped a dominant World Cup season with his seventh straight gold medal Sunday. Simon Pouliot-Cavanagh of Quebec City was fourth, Philippe Marquis of Quebec City was seventh, Marc-Antoine Gagnon of Terrebonne, Que., was 14th, Laurent Dumais of Quebec City was 15th and Calgary’s Luke Ulsifer was 20th. Kingsbury, who had already secured the overall moguls title this season, has won a record 41 career World Cup golds. “It was an amazing season,” Kingsbury said. “I’m happy with where I am right now and I believe I’ve done a good job with my coaches and team to get me to this point and win my sixth World Cup crystal globe.”

February 26, 2017 16:07 UTC

Actor Bill Paxton dies at 61 from complications after surgery

LOS ANGELES—Bill Paxton, the prolific and charismatic actor whose many memorable roles included an astronaut in “Apollo 13” and a treasure hunter in “Titanic,” has died from complications due to surgery. A family representative issued a statement Sunday on the death but provided no further details. Paxton, a Fort Worth, Texas, native, appeared in dozens of movies and television shows and seemed to be around when history was made both on and off screen. “Bill Paxton was a big-hearted, thoughtful and honourable person,” his “Big Love” co-star Chloe Sevigny said in a statement. “He always had a smile on his face and could entertain any room with his wonderful stories of his many amazing years in Hollywood.”

February 26, 2017 16:06 UTC

Meet The Rookies: why 3 people are running for office for the first time in 2017

Green Party: Jonina CampbellAs a teacher, then chair of the school board, New Westminster Green Party candidate Jonina Campbell, says she has always been a leader. (Vivian Luk/CBC)"Our neighbours threw us a big going away party," she told On The Coast's Vivian Luk. Liberal Party: Trang NguyenVancouver-Kingsway Liberal candidate Trang Nguyen has worn different hats over the years: court interpreter, journalist, federal citizenship judge and small business owner. Liberal Party candidate for Vancouver-Kingsway Trang Nguyen, right, scouts a potential campaign office with her then-campaign manager. With files from CBC Radio One's On The CoastTo hear the interview with Jonina Campbell, click the audio labelled: Meet The Rookies: the Green Party's Jonina CampbellTo hear the interview with Trang Nguyen, click the audio labelled: Meet The Rookies: the Liberal Party's Trang NguyenTo hear the interview with Trang Nguyen, click the audio labelled: Meet The Rookies: the New Democratic Party's Morgane Oger

February 26, 2017 15:56 UTC

Mississauga man travels to Turkey, will try to get aid to besieged family in Libya

Libya has been beset by violence and chaos since the ouster and death of longtime strongman Moammar Gadhafi in a 2011 civil war. The Benghazi neighbourhood of Ganfouda in particular has been besieged for months by Libyan army troops that answer to a powerful military commander. A Canadian man whose family is trapped in a militant-controlled area in the Libyan city of Benghazi has travelled to Turkey in effort to assemble an aid shipment for civilians in the conflict-ridden neighbourhood. He also wants to see Canada express that it cares about the well-being and whereabouts of civilians who were promised safe passage and left Ganfouda in January. But Hamza says Canada can say and do more.

February 26, 2017 15:56 UTC

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