WINNIPEG — Police in Winnipeg have charged a 34-year-old man with arson and murder in the death of a 63-year-old man earlier this month. Hubert Wilson McKay was found dead in the aftermath of a house fire in the city’s north end the night of Saturday, June 1. Police said at the time that crews encountered heavy flames and smoke at the two-and-a-half-storey home on Manitoba Avenue just before 11 a.m.Two people managed to get out safely, and the fire was under control within a half-hour. Crews also found a dead cat inside the residence. In an update Saturday morning, police say they’ve charged a suspect with second-degree murder and arson with disregard to human life.
June 15, 2019 15:56 UTC
MONTREAL — Police say a young man was shot and wounded overnight in a drug deal gone wrong in Montreal’s Sud-Ouest borough. Police received a call at around 12:30 a.m. reporting a shooting on Coleraine Street. The 19-year-old victim had sought refuge in a convenience store nearby, and was conscious when first responders brought him to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The victim told police there had been a conflict involving two armed individuals at the corner of Coleraine and Charlevoix streets in the Pointe-Saint-Charles neighbourhood. Montreal police spokeswoman Caroline Chevrefils says investigators found a pair of firearms as well as drugs on the road, with forensic technicians on hand to analyze the scene.
June 15, 2019 15:56 UTC
PORTLAND, Maine - The National Audubon Society is getting involved in a lawsuit over the future of a national monument in the ocean off New England because of the area’s importance to seabirds, especially colorfully beaked puffins. Fishing groups sued in federal court against creation of Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, which former President Barack Obama designated in 2016. Lawyers for the fishing groups have said the monument was illegally created by Obama using the Antiquities Act. But the nearly 5,000-square-mile area is especially important to Maine’s vulnerable Atlantic puffins, said Karen Hyun, vice-president of coasts for Audubon. The health of the puffin population is a tourism boost for Maine, Hyun added.
June 15, 2019 15:56 UTC
ORLANDO, Fla. - Fathers in the U.S. tend to be better educated than men without children, and relatively few men have children over age 40. These are some of the conclusions in a report released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau, just in time for Father’s Day. The data in the report come from 2014 when the bureau for the first time asked both men and women about their fertility histories. It found more than 60% of the 121 million adult men in the U.S. were fathers. There was no difference between the sexes for childless men and women.
June 15, 2019 15:47 UTC
PORT HADLOCK, Wash. - At least one Washington state waterfront landowner has said yes to a request to allow dead gray whales to decompose on their property. So many gray whale carcasses have washed up this year that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries says it has run out of places to take them. ARTICLE CONTINUES BELOWThe federal agency said that about 30 whales have stranded on Washington’s coast this year, the most in two decades. On the U.S. West coast, about 70 whales have been found dead this year along California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska, the most since 2000. Officials say the gray whale population remains strong at about 27,000.
June 15, 2019 15:18 UTC
SCOTT, Que. — A 29-year-old from Levis, Que., has died after a motor-vehicle accident south of Quebec City on Friday. Provincial police say the driver likely lost control of the car before striking a pole on President Kennedy Road in the municipality of Scott shortly before 9:30 p.m.An investigation is underway, and an expert in accident scene reconstruction has been called to the scene.
June 15, 2019 15:11 UTC
MOGADISHU, Somalia - A pair of explosions rocked Somalia’s capital and left 11 people dead, the country’s police chief said Saturday, as the al-Qaida-linked extremist group al-Shabab claimed responsibility. He said the first car bomb went off near a security checkpoint for the presidential palace and was responsible for nine deaths. The second car bomb killed the driver and his accomplice near a checkpoint on the road to the heavily fortified airport, he said. Al-Shabab, which often targets the capital, said the blasts were meant to strike the first line of security checkpoints for the airport and palace. The multinational African Union force in Somalia continues to gradually withdraw personnel in preparation for Somali government forces to assume responsibility for the country’s security.
June 15, 2019 15:09 UTC
It will soon be easier for foreign caregivers to leave behind an abusive workplace and change employers as their work permits will no longer be tied to the family that brings them to Canada. However, caregivers must still have an official job offer in Canada and meet the standard criteria for economic immigration programs, such as English proficiency, education, background, health and criminal clearances. Those caregivers who meet the required two years of Canadian work experience can then apply for permanent residence along with their family members. Those changes also relieved foreign caregivers from having to live with their employers under the old live-in caregiver program. Officials say applicants will be provided a “clear, direct pathway” to permanent residence under the new programs.
June 15, 2019 15:00 UTC
— A 16-year-old boy has died after an all-terrain vehicle accident in Quebec’s Laurentians region. Provincial police say the boy was discovered shortly after 4 a.m. this morning in the municipality of Notre-Dame-du-Laus. First responders’ resuscitation efforts failed to revive the unconscious teenager, who later died in hospital. Marie-Michele Moore says the boy was not wearing a helmet and that alcohol may have been involved in the tragic accident. Police say the boy, whose home is a nearly two-hour-drive from the accident scene, was alone.
June 15, 2019 15:00 UTC
Since that successful walkout, Collins has volunteered for pro-education political campaigns and revived her school’s Parent Legislative Action Committee chapter. She has also been back to the Statehouse twice this year to press officials from her district to support public schools and helped host a meet-and-greet with area lawmakers at her school. The continued political engagement of Collins, many other educators like her and their supporters suggests that the teacher movement that sparked walkouts in half a dozen states last year didn’t end with the election of dozens of teachers to state legislatures or hard-won gains in teacher pay and school funding. Teacher unions in Oklahoma and other walkout states, including Arizona, Kentucky and West Virginia, all report increases in membership since the demonstrations, and many are busy recruiting political candidates for 2020. It was too important not to say something.” Although there have been clear legislative victories for public education, some Republicans are still bitter about the walkouts.
June 15, 2019 14:48 UTC
PARIS — Leonardo’s return as Paris Saint-Germain’s sporting director could be welcome news for coach Thomas Tuchel after a difficult first season. If their relationship was indeed a power struggle, it now seems like a victory for Tuchel over Henrique. Leonardo’s return offers the possibility of a more harmonious working relationship, one which the club hopes will end years of frustration in the Champions League. Following Leonardo’s suspension, Ancelotti left to take charge of Real Madrid despite having one year left on his PSG contract. PSG must also raise funds, and Leonardo’s return coincided with the sale of 19-year-old forward Moussa Diaby to Bayer Leverkusen for a reported 15 million euros ($16.8 million).
June 15, 2019 14:37 UTC
MONTREAL — A Montreal-based tenants’ rights group is leading a demonstration this afternoon in the city’s Cote-des-Neiges neighbourhood to protest a housing shortage, which it blames partly on the condo boom, real estate speculation and short-term rentals spearheaded by Airbnb. FRAPRU spokeswoman Veronique Laflamme says it’s Montreal’s worst housing shortage in 14 years, adding that since January, 161 households in the metropolitan area have used housing assistance services set up by the Montreal Municipal Housing Office. Municipal Affairs Minister Andree Laforest said last month that the housing situation in Quebec is currently well-controlled, with vacancy rates incomparable to those from the 2000s. Laflamme says the minister does not grasp the seriousness of the situation in Montreal and Gatineau, dubbing it a housing crisis. FRAPRU says about 87,000 households in Montreal spend more than half their income on their rent.
June 15, 2019 14:37 UTC
Syrian state media reported later that an explosion was heard in a military area in Dummar, a northwestern suburb of the capital Damascus. Syrian state TV said the blast was the result of an explosion in an arms depot that triggered some fires in nearby brush. State TV gave no further details about the cause of the blast or whether there were fatalities. In northwest Syria, fighting intensified as government forces pressed their offensive toward Idlib province, the last major rebel stronghold in the country’s lengthy civil war. The Observatory said Saturday’s fighting alone left 26 troops and pro-government gunmen dead along with eight militants.
June 15, 2019 14:20 UTC
OTTAWA—Canada’s spy service destroyed a Cold War dossier on Pierre Trudeau in 1989 instead of turning it over to the national archives, The Canadian Press has learned. The Canadian Security Intelligence Service says the secret file on the former prime minister was scrapped because it fell short of the legal threshold for retention by either the service or the archives. The Trudeau file was among hundreds of thousands the Mounties inherited in the 1980s after the RCMP Security Service was dissolved following a series of scandals. In 1988, James Kelleher, the federal minister responsible for CSIS at the time, directed the spy service to sort through the resulting heap of files. Security records on individuals become eligible for disclosure under the Access to Information Act only 20 years after a person’s death.
June 15, 2019 14:15 UTC
It happened on Highway 17 in the city’s south side, and police say both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene. SUDBURY, ONT.—Provincial police say two people are dead after a head-on collision in Sudbury, Ont., Friday night. There were no passengers in either vehicle, and police aren’t identifying the victims because their next of kin have not been notified. They say a stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway was closed for several hours while police investigated, but it has since reopened.
June 15, 2019 13:30 UTC