Amid Trump travel ban, Canadian schools question future of class trips to the United States

Schools across Canada are grappling with the uncertainty of U.S. travel restrictions and how that affects upcoming student trips across the border. 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. Since the ban has been blocked by the U.S. courts, Fransen said two other trips to the States have since gone ahead. 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. RelatedThe 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.

February 26, 2017 15:49 UTC

Late crash allows Russians to claim gold in cross-country team sprint

Russia won the men's cross-country skiing team sprint at the world championships on Sunday in Lahti, Finland, after a dramatic last-lap crash wrecked the chances of the two leading teams. Sergey Ustiugov of Russia celebrates with teammate Nikita Kriukov after taking first place in the cross-country team sprint final during the world championships in Lahti, Finland on Sunday. The team sprint is a 6x1.3-kilometer relay, with each country's skiers alternating to race three legs each. Norway's Maiken Caspersen Falla and Heidi Weng won the women's team sprint by 5.6 seconds for Norway's third win from three women's cross-country events at the championships. Also Sunday, Germany cruised to victory in the men's team Nordic combined normal hill event.

February 26, 2017 15:23 UTC

Transgender boy wins state wrestling title in Texas after being forced to compete with the girls

CYPRESS, Texas — A 17-year-old transgender boy completed an undefeated season Saturday by winning a controversial Texas state girls wrestling title in an event clouded by criticism from those who believe the testosterone he’s taking as he transitions from female to male created an unfair advantage. The family of Mack Beggs has said he would rather be wrestling boys, but state policy calls for students to wrestle against the gender listed on their birth certificates. The University Interscholastic League, which oversees athletics in Texas public schools, enacted the birth certificate policy Aug. 1. But every indication is, the way the winds are going now, the blame rests with the UIL and the superintendents.”Despite criticism of the policy, UIL executives don’t envision a change. “Ninety-five per cent of the school superintendents in Texas voted for the rule as it was proposed, which was to use birth certificates,” Harrison said.

February 26, 2017 15:22 UTC

Driver intoxication suspected in New Orleans crash that hurt 28

Police say a man who allegedly plowed into a crowd enjoying the Krewe of Endymion parade in the Mid-City section of New Orleans is being investigated for driving while intoxicated. NEW ORLEANS—Authorities on Sunday identified the man who allegedly plowed into a crowd enjoying a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans while intoxicated. The New Orleans Police Department issued a statement identifying the man as 25-year-old Neilson Rizzuto. Online jail records showed Rizzuto was arrested on a number of charges and was being held at the city’s jail. While he didn’t say “No,” he did say it looks like a case of DWI.

February 26, 2017 15:08 UTC

Canada's Marie-Michele Gagnon just misses combined World Cup podium

Canada's Marie-Michele Gagnon earned a fourth-place finish in the combined event at the alpine skiing World Cup event in Crans-Montana, Switzerland on Sunday. Gagnon posted a time of two minutes, 8.05 seconds, just .04 seconds back of Slovenia's Ilka Stuhec, who took bronze. Mikaela Shiffrin captures Crans-Montana alpine combined title2:04The 21-year-old is the reigning Olympic slalom champion and has won the past three world championships. It was a third podium finish of the weekend for Stuhec, who was runner-up in the Alpine combined on Friday and won Saturday's super-G. She also withdrew from Friday's combined race, along with Shiffrin and their American teammate Laurenne Ross, because of dangerous conditions on the course.

February 26, 2017 14:48 UTC

Drunk-driving suspected after car ploughs into Mardi Gras crowd, injuring 28 at New Orleans parade

NEW ORLEANS — A man who allegedly ploughed into a crowd enjoying the Krewe of Endymion parade on Saturday in the Mid-City section of New Orleans is being investigated for driving while intoxicated, police said. While he didn’t say “No” he did say it looks like a case of DWI. The victims range in age from as young as 3 or 4-years-old to adults in their 30s and 40s, said Elder. Among the injured was one New Orleans police officer. One woman at the scene told The New Orleans Advocate ( that a silver truck whisked by her just feet away as she was walking through the intersection.

February 26, 2017 14:45 UTC

Thousands march on 2nd anniversary of Kremlin critic's murder

Thousands of Russians marched through the centre of Moscow on Sunday to honour opposition leader Boris Nemtsov two years after he was gunned down near the Kremlin walls, and to call for further investigations into his killing. People with flags of different opposition movements march in memory of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov in Moscow. (Pavel Golovkin/Associated Press)Investigators have charged several Chechen men with the murder, but lawyers for Nemtsov's daughter said the investigation had failed to uncover who ordered the shooting. Opposition leader and former prime minister Mikhail Kasyanov wipes paint from his face after he was attacked just before the start of the procession. "Boris Nemtsov is a hero of Russia," read one banner.

February 26, 2017 14:40 UTC

Canadian skier Erik Guay scores bronze in World Cup super-G

KVITFJELL, NORWAY—Canadian Erik Guay captured a bronze medal in a men’s World Cup super-G on Sunday. “I’ve been feeling good all week,” Guay said. “It’s great to cap off the weekend with a third-place and head home with some hardware. I’m looking to keep this momentum going into World Cup finals.”Guay’s third super-G World Cup podium moved him into eighth place in the overall standings. The medal comes on the heels of a gold and silver for Guay at the recent world championships in Switzerland.

February 26, 2017 14:27 UTC

Motor racing - New Red Bull takes superstition by the horns - Motorsport

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Former world champions Red Bull unveiled their 13th Formula One car on Sunday, applying an innovative tweak to the nose and laughing in the face of superstition. "RB 13 - Unlucky for some," declared a neon sign, with the 'UN' part flickering on and off. The number 13 is considered unlucky in Britain, where fear of it is recognised as triskaidekaphobia, but lucky in some other parts of the world such as Italy, home of Red Bull's rivals Ferrari. Red Bull were the only team to beat champions Mercedes last season, with a win apiece for Verstappen and Ricciardo, on their way to second place overall. The old adage is that, if it looks right, it tends to go alright – and this car sure looks right."

February 26, 2017 14:26 UTC

Poisoning of Kim Jong Un’s half brother caused death within 20 minutes: Malaysia

Kim fainted at the airport clinic and died in the ambulance while en route to a hospital, he said. Malaysia hasn’t directly accused the North Korean government of being behind the attack, but officials have said four North Korean men provided two women with poison to carry it out. Kim was not an obvious political threat to his estranged half brother, Kim Jong Un. He also said a condominium on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur that was raided by police last week had been rented by the four North Korean suspects who left the country. Aisyah said she was paid the equivalent of $90, according to Andriano Erwin, Indonesia’s deputy ambassador to Malaysia.

February 26, 2017 13:52 UTC

What's in your chicken? CBC's Marketplace consumer cheat sheet

Here's this week's consumer cheat sheet. The Competition Bureau says that Hudson's Bay artificially inflated the regular prices of its mattresses in order to make their sale prices look like a better deal. Lost in transitOCAD student Henrique Alves de Assis had a daily count on Twitter tallying the number of days Air Canada had taken to find his missing bag. (Joe Fiorino)Some good news (sort of) and some bad news for Air Canada customers this week. A young golfer, however, only found out what happened to the clubs Air Canada lost after her father saw them for sale on Kijiji.

February 26, 2017 13:52 UTC

Mo Farah, 4-time Olympic champ, upset by claims linking him with 'drug misuse'

Quadruple Olympic champion Mo Farah maintained Sunday that he has always competed cleanly and never broken anti-doping rules, countering any association with "allegations of drug misuse." The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is investigating coach Alberto Salazar, who has been accused of skirting anti-doping rules while training some of his athletes at the Nike Oregon Project. In a statement, Farah said it was "deeply frustrating" to be forced to respond when he has "done nothing wrong." USADA said it appeared that a draft of a report it was compiling was obtained by Fancy Bears. "We understand that the licensing body is still deciding its case and as we continue to investigate whether anti-doping rules were broken, no further comment will be made at this time," Madden added.

February 26, 2017 13:41 UTC

'Off-label' antidepressant use lacks evidence, and a link between math skills and your health

We also have another reason to brush up on your math skills, and an ethical "oops". Once a drug is on the shelf, doctors can use it to treat anything, regardless of what it says on the label. In an accompanying editorial, U.K. researchers urged doctors to prescribe drugs based on evidence, no matter what's written on the label. Many smart people have poor numeracy skills, said Peters. Asthmatics with poor numeracy skills are more likely to end up in the emergency room.

February 26, 2017 12:56 UTC

Rape suspect escapes from police custody in Beluran - Nation

KOTA KINABALU: A police manhunt is underway for a rape suspect who escaped police custody in Beluran two days ago. After getting the evidence needed by the policemen, the suspect told them that he needed to break fast as he was fasting on that day. Beluran police chief Supt Sivananthan V said the policemen returned to find the man missing. "We have roadblocks at all major roads in and out of Beluran and other district police stations have been informed of this incident," Supt Sivananthan said. Nasrudi is suspected of raping a 17-year-old girl at an oil palm estate on Feb 18.

February 26, 2017 12:31 UTC

Hazmat response teams remove outdated chlorine cylinders in St. John's

Hazmat crews were assembled Saturday night following a report of a possible chemical spill in St. John's. Upon arrival, he said crews detected a slight odour of chlorine in the area. A six-member hazmat team was then put together, and six pumper trucks were sent to the scene. Mackey said two outdated chlorine cylinders were located inside a contained area of the building, and were then removed and tested. The chlorine tanks will be sent for further investigation.

February 26, 2017 12:07 UTC

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