Ford skipped the debate, even as Premier Kathleen Wynne, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and Green Party head Mike Schreiner attended. Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford is throwing an Ontario campaign tradition under the bus. Here’s a delicate one: Mr. Ford, you recently claimed that no politician other than your brother Rob Ford has done more for the Black community than you have. If Doug Ford wants us to count the ways he loves Black people, here’s one he should embrace — to counter the blatant disrespect he showed in skipping the debate. Come to a town hall with the Black community.
April 20, 2018 17:27 UTC
Prince Charles was approved to succeed Queen Elizabeth as head of the Commonwealth at a Friday meeting of the group's heads of government in the British town of Windsor. "We recognize the role of the Queen in championing the Commonwealth and its peoples," the Commonwealth leaders said in a statement. "The next head of the Commonwealth shall be His Royal Highness Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales." But in recent days, the Queen, 91, the British government and other leaders have backed Charles, 69. This week's London meeting has been widely assumed to be the last that the Queen will attend in person.
April 20, 2018 17:27 UTC
NEW YORK — The Swedish-born producer and DJ known as Avicii has been found dead in Oman. Publicist Diana Baron said in a statement that the 28-year-old DJ, born Tim Bergling, was in Muscat, Oman. Avicii was a pioneer of the contemporary Electronic Dance Movement and a rare DJ capable of worldwide arena tours. He won two MTV Music Awards, one Billboard Music Award and earned two Grammy nominations. He quit touring in 2016 but continued making music in the studio.
April 20, 2018 17:26 UTC
TORONTO — Tim Hortons says the sale of a doughnut bearing the colours of the Humboldt Broncos has helped raise more than $800,000 for the junior hockey team that was involved in a horrific collision earlier this month. Tim Hortons apologized for the “misunderstanding” and then launched a national fundraising campaign to support the team. In a statement at the time, the coffee and doughnut chain said the franchisee “proactively sold this doughnut as a thoughtful gesture” and had made a personal donation to the Humboldt Broncos Hockey Club. On Friday, Tim Hortons said restaurants in every province donated $1 from each yellow and green doughnut sold — along with extra donations made by customers — to a total of $801,066.27. The company said all proceeds will go to the Humboldt Hockey Club and will be presented to the team Monday.
April 20, 2018 17:26 UTC
NEW YORK — A New York judge has set May 24 for the next court appearance by U.S. President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, as he fights to limit what criminal prosecutors can see from raids on his home and office. U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood set the date Friday. The April 9 raids enraged Trump, who called them an “attack on the country.”Prosecutors have disclosed that they’re looking for evidence of fraud as they conduct a criminal investigation. Cohen’s lawyers have declined comment outside court after conferences. The judge said Monday she may assign a neutral lawyer called a “special master” to help decide what is subject to attorney-client privilege.
April 20, 2018 17:26 UTC
In the fullness of his career, he has been a respected prosecutor and justice official engaged in many high-profile cases. That’s how it has been this week between Donald Trump and James Comey in their inelegant shouting match over the fired FBI director’s new tell-all memoir, titled A Higher Loyalty. Trump talks of hookers and jailed journalists in Comey memosComey says in ABC interview that Trump is ‘morally unfit to be president’A veteran of the FBI under George W. Bush and Barack Obama, Comey was fired by Trump as FBI director a year ago after honourably refusing to rein in the FBI investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia. By announcing so close to election day that the FBI had reopened the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails, Comey quite possibly tilted the election in Trump’s favour. This was particularly striking given the fact that Comey did not announce at the same time that the FBI was also looking at Trump’s possible collusion with Russia.
April 20, 2018 17:03 UTC
A “buzzy” Canadian indie artist about to bubble up from underground obscurity to international acclaim? Old news, right? She hasn’t gotten a record out there for all to further praise for what now seems an eternity, measured against the gnat-like attention span of the modern-day music press. Extrapolate upon all the arty Kate Bush/Laurie Anderson fantasies you might dare to entertain from word that the work is partially an homage to a monolithic Napoleon-era watchtower in Lancashire because, yes, they’re there. But it’s also a moving tribute to Roby’s late father.
April 20, 2018 17:03 UTC
Canada’s main stock index closed with a slight gain Friday while U.S. markets slumped on negative expectations in the consumer goods and technology sectors. The gains in Canada were led by telecoms and base metals, helping push the S&P/TSX composite index up 29.90 points at 15,484.32. The results were better than for U.S. markets, which are less tied to commodity prices such as crude oil, said Norman Levine, managing director of Portfolio Management Corp. in Toronto. “The Canadian market has underperformed the U.S. market for quite some time, and it has to do with the fact that our market is nondiversified compared to the U.S. It’s very reliant on, and market weighted toward, resource and financial stocks.”In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average ended down 201.95 points at 24,462.94. The S&P 500 index closed down 22.99 points to 2,670.14 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 91.93 points at 7,146.13.
April 20, 2018 16:43 UTC
Ryan Snoddon will become the new meteorologist for CBC Nova Scotia and CBC New Brunswick, a role he takes on after spending 10 years with CBC Newfoundland and Labrador. He will be seen on CBC Nova Scotia News at 6 and CBC New Brunswick News at 6, and on CBC Atlantic Tonight. In an email to staff, Denise Wilson, the senior managing director for CBC Atlantic, said Snoddon has built "an extraordinary career as a respected meteorologist with CBC." Snoddon was raised on a farm in Pefferlaw, Ont., and is a graduate of the broadcast and operational meteorology program at Mississippi State University. In his new role with CBC Nova Scotia and CBC New Brunswick, Snoddon replaces Kalin Mitchell, who recently left the CBC.
"The potential to deliver 'one-shot cures' is one of the most attractive aspects of gene therapy, genetically engineered cell therapy and gene editing," the analysts wrote. (CBC)The report reminded investors that curing a disease might be bad for business, and that sparked headlines last week. "If you're a drug company with shareholders, your main priority is the return to shareholders." - Aidan HollisUniversity of Calgary economist Aidan Hollis said cures are still good business. It's a formula that calculates how long a drug extends life along with the quality of that time.
Bill Peters has resigned as the Carolina Hurricanes' coach after four seasons and no playoff berths. "I feel the incoming general manager should have the ability to hire his own head coach. The Hurricanes also are looking for a new GM after Hall of Fame player Ron Francis was reassigned to another front-office position during the season. The 51-year-old played at Red Deer College under Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock and cut his teeth behind the bench for the University of Lethbridge. The Flames relieved head coach Glen Gulutzen and his staff earlier this week.
My family and I will be moving in June to Halifax, where I will still be working with CBC as a meteorologist. A new opportunity for our boysTruth be told, we've had Halifax circled for a couple of years now. Levi Snoddon, a Theodore Tugboat fan, has his own reasons for wanting to be in Halifax. (Ryan Snoddon/CBC)Annie and I were both raised surrounded by family and have fond memories of frequent family gatherings and spending weekends and summers playing with our cousins. Ryan Snoddon was not above rapping about Christmas wrapping to promote a CBC campaign for food banks.
April 20, 2018 16:33 UTC
Ontario's Progressive Conservative leader says he is "dead against" supervised injection sites and believes the focus should be on drug rehabilitation instead. Moss Park saves lives, harm reduction worker saysHarm reduction, meanwhile, has proven to be effective in reducing opioid-related deaths, he said. Zoe Dodd, a harm reduction worker in the east downtown and an organizer at Moss Park site, called Ford's statement today "fascinating." Zoe Dodd, a harm reduction worker in the downtown east and an organizer at Moss Park site, called Ford's statement today 'fascinating.' The province said earlier this year it had approved funding for seven supervised injection sites, five of which had already opened.
April 20, 2018 16:30 UTC
INDIANAPOLIS—USA Gymnastics has reached a confidential settlement in a Georgia lawsuit that spurred a newspaper investigation into the organization’s practices for reporting child abuse. A former gymnast filed the lawsuit against USA Gymnastics in 2013. It alleged the organization that trains Olympians received at least four warnings about a coach who videotaped her in various states of undress.
April 20, 2018 16:25 UTC
COLUMBIA, S.C. — For nearly his whole career, a South Carolina police chief has been making his officers give him narcotics legally prescribed to their families, according to indictments filed against him on Friday. The documents don’t indicate how many pills Wilbanks obtained or what he was using them for. Along with the drug charges, Wilbanks also gave someone outside the department a police firearm in a private deal, prosecutors said. Wilbanks is the second top local law official to be indicted this week in South Carolina. ——This story has been corrected with Wilbanks being police chief in Walhalla since 2012.
April 20, 2018 16:22 UTC