A woman is sharing her harrowing experience of waking up to find an intruder in her Bell Island home early Saturday —and how it's changed her. "For some reason I woke up and I seen his shadow on the wall," says Audrey French, who is 71 and lives alone. "I just got out of bed and … he was standing there in the hall, but he had his back to me. "I was in shock, I really was," French told CBC News at her home Monday. (Eddy Kennedy/CBC)She said her purse, with her wallet inside, was stolen, and so was her cellphone and MP3 player.
January 22, 2018 20:43 UTC
Wall’s government offered a variety of reasons for the move, including the claim that similar practices were happening on Alberta construction sites — but an internal Alberta review couldn’t find any examples of it and the Saskatchewan government declined to offer any proof. No monetary penalty has ever been doled out under the New West Partnership, which governs trade between British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has repeatedly taken shots across the border at Wall, and the Saskatchewan premier rarely misses a chance to return fire. Bilous said complaining about low taxes in Alberta is “ridiculous” and a problem for the Saskatchewan government to solve. The license plate contretemps is reminiscent of a similar dust-up last year, when Wall sent letters to Alberta companies offering them tax breaks and cheap rent to relocate to his province.
January 22, 2018 20:40 UTC
PARK CITY, UTAH—They could have just kept on cloning Get Out, the horrifically smart racial satire that lit up last year’s Sundance Film Festival. But at Sundance 2018, at least, the spiritual progeny of Get Out are doing their own thing, which is more than just a black-and-white thing. He’s about to be evicted from the garage apartment he shares with his girlfriend Detroit (Tessa Thompson), a sloganeering artist and street performer. Cassius lands a gig as a telemarketer, where being different is severely frowned upon: the corporate motto is “Stick to the Script” or S.T.T.S. Cassius starts ringing up the sales, and he’s promoted upstairs to a higher level of telemarketing, where a golden elevator leads to status and affluence.
January 22, 2018 20:37 UTC
Coming from a low-income family, Shahan Mahmood was held back from pursuing opportunities other kids his age might have experienced because their families could afford it. After seeing his parents come home after a day’s hard work at minimum-wage jobs, Mahmood felt inspired and grateful when he saw the “tiredness in their eyes” because of their efforts to support him. Mahmood’s hard work paid off after he received the Horatio Alger Canadian Scholarship of $5,000, making his goals seem a little bit more in reach. Earlier this month, the 17-year-old was doing his English homework when he received an email notifying him that he was one of 80 recipients of the scholarship. The Horatio Alger Association of Canada was founded in 2009 to “recognize men and women of outstanding achievement and to educate young Canadians about the limitless opportunities that exist through the free market system,” the website reads.
January 22, 2018 20:26 UTC
Have we reached the end of truly wacky celebrity baby names? I table this sombre discussion after learning Kim Kardashian and Kanye West named their newborn daughter Chicago. The above are actual celebrity baby names from yesteryear. The child's name is "Chicago West." We need goofy celebrity baby names more than ever.
January 22, 2018 20:26 UTC
MONTREAL — An insider trading trial against former Amaya CEO David Baazov and his co-accused is set to get underway in the coming weeks after a Quebec judge rejected a defence motion to stay the process over unreasonable delays. “The applicants have not shown irreparable harm to their right to a fair trial and to a full defence,” he said. These include more than three million documents and thousands of pages of files that Amaya claims are privileged. Prosecutors have called the defence request a “fishing expedition” and described it as an exercise in gathering information for another stay request down the road. Baazov’s lawyer, Sophie Melchers, has said that 16 million files were released to the defence in mid-September and that the case won’t be able to proceed in a timely fashion.
January 22, 2018 20:26 UTC
QUINTON, OKLA.—Five people are missing after a fiery explosion ripped through an eastern Oklahoma drilling rig on Monday, sending plumes of black smoke into the air and leaving a derrick crumpled on the ground, emergency officials said. More than 20 employees were at the natural gas well site when the blast was reported around 8:45 a.m., Pittsburg County Sheriff Chris Morris said. Emergency crews were pulled away after other explosions at the site, where several tanks are also located, Pittsburg County Emergency Management Director Kevin Enloe said during an afternoon news conference. The explosion occurred west of the town of Quinton, about 161 kilometres southeast of Tulsa. Enloe said firefighters were letting the blaze burn and weren’t putting water on it to keep from spreading possible hazardous materials at the site.
January 22, 2018 20:03 UTC
TORONTO — A new fossil species of bristle worm has been found at the 508-million-year-old Marble Canyon site in B.C.’s Kootenay National Park. “It’s really small and so it’s a lot smaller than the two best known (bristle worms) from the Burgess Shale. Nanglu said Kootenayscolex barbarensis is unlike any other bristle worm that’s been studied due to its more complex head. “Previously all of the Burgess Shale (bristle worms) were thought to have a relatively simple head,” he said. “This (bristle worm) is a little bit different.”The fossil also provides insight into its role in the food chain.
January 22, 2018 20:03 UTC
NEW YORK — Don Imus, the cantankerous radio host whose career was temporarily derailed when he made racist and sexist remarks, is retiring from his morning show. WABC-AM says Imus’ last morning drive time show on New York-based station will be March 29. On Twitter, the show announced : “Turn out the lights… the party’s over.”In 2007, Imus was fired by CBS Radio and MSNBC for using a racial slur to talk about the Rutgers women’s basketball team. He later apologized and got a new gig a few months later. The 77-year-old veteran radio personality, who had stints at WNBC in New York and WHK in Cleveland, offered a stew of media and politics on his shows and often had key newsmakers calling in to weigh in on a day’s events.
January 22, 2018 19:52 UTC
Ray Reynolds has attracted more than 200,000 views to his travel adventures on YouTube, but last week, he learned his Canadian video channel just wasn’t popular enough. YouTube was pushing smaller channels out of its monetization program, the email said, but if he worked harder to draw in viewers, maybe he would get back into the exclusive club. Some wondered if having a uniquely Canadian bent to their videos would only make it more difficult to meet YouTube’s new standards. Article Continued BelowReynolds had just reached YouTube’s existing monetization threshold a few months ago after bringing in more than 10,000 total views on his videos. The monetization program now requires creators to reach 4,000 hours of watch time in a 12-month period and attract more than 1,000 subscribers.
January 22, 2018 19:52 UTC
A dissident conservative activist who beat the provincial Tories in court is seeking more than $140,000 in damages and legal costs from the party. Jim Karahalios, head of campaigns called “Axe the Carbon Tax” and “Take Back Our PC Party,” wants the Progressive Conservatives to pay $110,000 to cover his lawyers’ bills and $33,500 in special and punitive damages. Last month, Superior Court Justice Paul Perell threw out a legal case the Tories filed against Karahalios, ruling it was a SLAPP — a “strategic lawsuit against public participation” to stifle dissent. Article Continued BelowAsked Monday about Karahalios’ settlement demands, Conservative officials said the party is appealing the ruling. In their appeal, PC lawyers contend Perell “erred in law” with his decision.
January 22, 2018 19:30 UTC
Ontario’s finance minister has launched a series of public consultations to develop this year’s provincial budget, which he suggests will be delivered earlier than usual because of the upcoming election. Charles Sousa did not provide an exact date for the budget during a press conference Monday, but said the provincial election — set for June 7 — creates a condensed timeline for the government to deliver the spending plan and ensure legislative watchdogs and Ontario residents can properly examine it. “I know we’re going to be as advanced and open in terms of what we are doing for the benefit of the Auditor General and the (Financial Accountability Officer),” Sousa said. “Now, because of the election ... those timelines are constrained, but I want to provide as much information as possible so that everyone can be aware of what is being proposed and what’s being done.”The annual pre-budget consultations will take place across the province. The government said that last year, approximately 71,000 took part in the sessions.
January 22, 2018 19:18 UTC
VICTORIA — The contest to replace Christy Clark as leader of British Columbia’s Liberal party is in its stretch run with the race coming down to a choice between the old guard and party newcomers. “The success of the Liberal party has made it difficult for them to undertake the introspection that the party would probably benefit by. Watts said she considers her opponents portrayal of her as a Liberal outsider an asset that allows her to view issues differently. Stone said the Liberals were strong economic managers but could have done a better job sharing the wealth, including raising welfare rates. Liberal party to generate ideas to reignite the imagination of British Columbians,” he said.
January 22, 2018 18:56 UTC
— An RCMP officer on a traffic stop in Banff caught more than he expected on his car’s dash camera. The video, which shows the constable talking to a motorist, captured a cougar dashing by a couple of metres away — in front of a grocery store. It shows the officer turning his head to look at the big cat. It prompted a reminder by wildlife staff in Banff National Park for people to act responsibly when visiting the town and the park. Cougars are known to frequent wildlife corridors in Banff, but it’s unusual for them to go into town.
January 22, 2018 18:55 UTC
The decision comes amid a national tide of gerrymandering cases, including some that have reached the U.S. Supreme Court. The court’s five Democrats all agreed that the state’s congressional map is unconstitutional. The court also last week put on hold a lower court order in a gerrymandering case from North Carolina that gave lawmakers there two weeks to redraw the state’s congressional districts. It is the first state court decision to throw out a congressional map because of partisan gerrymandering, said Michael Li, senior counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University. Li said there isn’t a clear federal basis for the U.S. Supreme Court to step into the case, and that the state Supreme Court should have the final say in a case under state law.
January 22, 2018 18:54 UTC