Backcountry emergencies a challenge for rescuers

Experts say the growing number of skiers and snowboarders enticed by pristine powder in the backcountry shouldn't assume help will arrive quickly if something goes wrong. Snowboard star Mark McMorris, already an Olympic medallist and a favourite at next year's Winter Games, was hurt badly while attempting a jump in the backcountry near Whistler, B.C., on the weekend. It's not known how long it took to get the 23-year-old native of Regina off the mountain. "Having wilderness first aid is always an asset for going into the backcountry." Karl Klassen, warning service manager at Avalanche Canada, said he's seen growing interest in backcountry adventures over the last decade or so.

March 27, 2017 22:52 UTC

Virtue and Moir edge toward judgment day at worlds: DiManno

The marks would not be so eyebrow-raising had Rogers’ assessment been anywhere in the vicinity of the other judges. “In my opinion, it will be a big surprise if Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir win in dance. Virtue and Moir have made no comment about the marks they received from Rogers. “The judging has been pretty spot on and we’re looking forward to another clean world championship that will be really good for ice dance. Two-time world champions Virtue and Moir have shifting their training base to Montreal and changed coaches since last they vied for global laurels.

March 27, 2017 22:34 UTC

Andersen and Leafs have history of rebounding: Feschuk

Sabres forward William Carrier collides with Leafs goalie Frederik Andersen in the first period of Saturday night's game in Buffalo. It’s been a huge reason why the young Maple Leafs are holding tight to a playoff spot. That injury was announced by the Ducks as a concussion, although Andersen later told reporters that he didn’t believe he’d suffered one. On Monday, Andersen said he felt that it was wise he was removed from Saturday’s game. In all, Andersen started the final five games of that first-round set, allowing a combined seven goals.

March 27, 2017 22:30 UTC

Remembering the time Barbara Frum called up a gunman holding hostages at a Toronto bank

Remembering the time Barbara Frum called up a gunman holding hostages at a Toronto bankBarbara Frum interviewed everyone from world leaders to bank hostages during her time hosting As It Happens. (CBC Archives)more stories from this episodeFull EpisodeDuring her storied career at CBC Radio, Barbara Frum interviewed a lot of people — artists, celebrities, world leaders and, one time, a man holding 11 bank employees hostage with a sawed-off shotgun. 'I want a C-130, lady, and that's all'"Hello, my name is Barbara Frum. The hostage-taker told Barbara Frum he wanted to fly to Uganda to see then-president Idi Amin Dada. Barbara Frum and co-host Alan Maitland on the set of CBC Radio's As It Happens.

March 27, 2017 22:18 UTC

ICBC begins offering free windshield chip repair again

Starting today, drivers with optional comprehensive ICBC coverage can have windshield chips repaired for free, as long as it's deemed safe to do so. ICBC is reintroducing the service after it was abandoned in 2001, forcing drivers to pay a $200 deductible for a new windshield even if there was only a small, repairable chip. ICBC claims better glass repair technology is the reason they're bringing the program back. "Today, repairs last substantially longer due to improvements and materials used," the public insurer said in a statement. Work must be done in an ICBC Glass Express facility and no deductible will be charged.

March 27, 2017 22:18 UTC

Former Sheridan star happy to play at home for Toronto FC

It’s not an unheard of concept, not least for Toronto FC , whose roster includes players from Mississauga, Brampton, Scarborough, Newmarket and Toronto proper. Instead, he followed another future Red, Mo Babouli, to the much closer Sheridan College, the main goal being to get an education. “I always wanted to be a professional soccer player,” Edwards told the Star earlier this month, after signing a first-team contract following two seasons with Toronto FC II. It didn’t take long for Seuradge to believe Edwards had a future in soccer past Sheridan. He started believing in himself again and believing that he could go professional.”It was at Sheridan, Edwards said, where everything started to click.

March 27, 2017 22:17 UTC

Home Capital terminates CEO Martin Reid

Home Capital Group Inc. has terminated its president and CEO Martin K. Reid, effective immediately. Smith, chair of the board of directors, said in a statement Monday that the Toronto-based mortgage lender requires leadership that can bring a renewed operational discipline, emphasis on risk management and controls, and focus on improving performance. The announcement comes two weeks after the company said it had received an enforcement notice from the Ontario Securities Commission relating to its disclosure that some loan applications had been falsified. Reid, who was appointed CEO just over a year ago, has also been removed from the board of directors of the company's subsidiaries, including Home Trust. Then, a member of Home Capital's board of directors, will serve as interim leader while the company searches for a new full-time replacement.

March 27, 2017 21:58 UTC

Sousa promises measures to cool Ontario’s overheated housing market

Disappointed that last week’s federal fiscal blueprint didn’t take immediate steps to cool the GTA’s overheated market, Sousa said Monday that Ontario will go it alone in the fight against crazy bidding wars, fast-rising prices and rents. The average price of a detached home in the Toronto market has nudged to more than $1.5 million. Speculation has centred on a foreign-buyers’ tax, but Sousa has said any measures must avoid “unintended consequences” that could slow the housing market in areas outside Toronto and Hamilton where home sales aren’t as overheated. A report by Ryerson University’s City Building Institute earlier this month urged a foreign-buyers’ tax or a progressive property tax to cool the market. “When housing bubbles unwind, there is major collateral damage, and people are hurt through little or no fault of their own.

March 27, 2017 21:45 UTC

Chris Selley: Legalization or no legalization, it’s time to get serious about marijuana

“The Liberal government will announce legislation next month that will legalize marijuana in Canada by July 1, 2018,” CBC reported Sunday. Ottawa plans to introduce marijuana legalization legislation in mid-April, fulfilling the Liberals’ promise to do so this spring. That will be enough time to enact legalization by Canada Day 2018, CBC reported Sunday night. And they should be considering what to do if legalization doesn’t happen, as well. That’s a lesson for Canadian jurisdictions to learn if the Liberals legalize marijuana: the private sector can handle it.

March 27, 2017 21:45 UTC

Cannabis Day is coming soon. What’s next for pot plans in Ontario?

We haven’t made any decisions about what kind of distribution and retail model we will have,” Naqvi said. Although the federal task force heard support for storefront sales of marijuana, concerns were voiced about the “unchecked proliferation” of unregulated dispensaries. “This could lead to overconsumption and overuse by at-risk populations,” her task force found. ( David Zalubowski/ The Associated Press file photo )Wynne has always said there should be some provincial involvement in marijuana distribution. In the end, the task force said there were merits to both a government-run model and a private-enterprise model.

March 27, 2017 21:30 UTC

Westbound QEW reopened at Hwy. 427 after diesel spill

Westbound lanes of the Queen Elizabeth Way approaching Hwy. 427 have been reopened after removal of a sign that hung over the highway. Kerry Schmidt said the sign needed to be removed because of a diesel fuel spill near its base earlier Monday. Work crews needed to remove the sign before they could excavate the fuel-soaked soil at its base. Schmidt said that it’s unclear whether the sign will go back up tonight, although if it does, it will result in another full closure.

March 27, 2017 21:15 UTC

Carbon monoxide poisoning cause of family's death in B.C. Interior, daughter says

The death of a family of four has left the community of Venables Valley in B.C. Volaine's daughter, Adrienne Volaine, told CBC the deaths were caused by carbon monoxide poisoning, which resulted from a malfunction with the hot water heater in the home. Hare Krishna communityThe community is very rural with no electricity unless you make it yourself, explained Barbara Roden, the editor of the Ashcroft Cache Creek Journal. David Musterer, a senior member of the Hare Krishna community, says Volaine had been living in the area on and off for 30 years. Musterer said the community will be gathering to discuss the tragedy further and will be praying for the family's welfare.

March 27, 2017 21:15 UTC

Kasperi Kapanen gets latest shot with injury-plagued Maple Leafs

“It feels good,” said Kapanen. I’m really happy to be here.”But the speedy winger — who missed nearly seven weeks with an undisclosed lower body injury — is here now. Kapanen was called up Tuesday along with backup goalie Garret Sparks , as injuries begin to take a toll with the Maple Leafs. To hear Mike Babcock tell it, Kasperi Kapanen should have been with the Maple Leafs a lot sooner than this. Last season, when the Leafs used a total of 46 players, Kapanen got into nine games with no points.

March 27, 2017 21:14 UTC

Family of missing Oshawa man believes he was lured from home

Eight days after Cameron Bailie went missing, his shoes were found in separate locations in Lakeview Park. ( Facebook / Cameron Bailie )More than two months after Cameron Bailie disappeared, his family has said they believe he was lured from his home the day he went missing. I think he went with somebody.” An apprentice engineer and father to a 4-year-old son, Bailie comes from a close-knit family of five children. Eight days after Bailie disappeared his shoes were found in separate locations in Lakeview Park. On Facebook, the Cameron Bailie Search Group page includes daily updates on missing person posters, and concerned citizens report their own searches across the Durham region.

March 27, 2017 21:04 UTC

World Chess Federation says its president resigned — but he denies it. (He also insists he was abducted by aliens)

The big news out of the World Chess Federation meeting in Athens was the resignation Sunday of longtime, controversial president, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. A day after the reports of his resignation, Ilyumzhinov denied the federation’s claim that he had stepped down and accused the U.S. of trying to engineer his ouster. In a statement on its website, the federation said Ilyumzhinov had submitted his resignation on March 26. I believe the Americans are behind this escapade and it looks like a set-up.”The 54-year-old businessman and onetime Russian politician has long been a divisive figure in the chess world. Sanctions prevented him from attending the Nov. 2016 World Chess Championship in New York City, won by Norway’s Magnus Carlsen.

March 27, 2017 20:48 UTC

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