The Shin Bet said the man, identified as Romain Franck, 23, was part of a broader Palestinian smuggling ring. The Shin Bet said Franck transferred a total of 70 handguns and two assault rifles on five occasions over recent months. The Shin Bet sent reporters a picture of what it said was the consular vehicle, a silver SUV. Among the suspects is a Palestinian security guard at the French Consulate in Jerusalem. The Shin Bet said French authorities were kept aware of developments on the case during the investigation.
March 19, 2018 18:33 UTC
Former "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon is running for New York governor. On health care, ending massive incarceration, fixing our broken subway," Nixon said in a video announcing her candidacy. Nixon did a little better among younger and upstate Democrats, but didn't have more than a quarter of either group. More recently, she has been delving into issues of keen interest to New York City, the main blue stronghold in a state where suburban and rural towns upstate tend to run red. One of those issues is transportation policy, which contributed to a plunge in Cuomo's popularity last July amid his "summer of hell" forecast for New York City commuters facing ongoing transit breakdowns and delays.
March 19, 2018 18:31 UTC
President Donald Trump doesn’t only fill his public speeches with false claims. He also fills his private speeches with false claims. Trump’s false claims about the trade balance with Canada and “the bowling ball test” were merely two of the 15 false claims he uttered to the crowd of loyal partisans. He made 13 additional false claims over the course of the week, for a total of 28. Trump is now up to 1,342 false claims for the first 423 days of his presidency, an average of 3.2 per day.
March 19, 2018 18:22 UTC
MONTREAL—Aeroplan parent company Aimia Inc. signalled its future strategy by announcing a partnership with online giant Amazon, that will offer members rewards for everyday shopping with the world’s largest retailer. While Aeroplan members are more affluent and likely skew older than Amazon shoppers, Hall said they are increasingly changing their shopping habits by purchasing more online. Aeroplan members will be able to earn points on most of their purchases on Amazon.ca beginning April 24. The loyalty rewards program says members who visit Amazon.ca through the Aeroplan website will be able to earn at least one Aeroplan mile for every $1 dollar spent. Those using Aeroplan-affiliated credit cards will earn miles twice on purchases from Amazon.ca.
March 19, 2018 18:22 UTC
WICHITA, Kan. — Multiple chances were missed to save a 3-year-old Wichita boy before he was found encased in concrete, a former Kansas welfare official said. Keech counted six separate reports of abuse that the agency received from July 21, 2016, to May 14, 2017, before Evan’s death. Her analysis shows the agency failed to adequately address all safety and risk concerns with five of the six reports. She also found that DCF failed to collect all relevant information in at least four of the six reports. I am reviewing this case based on investigative procedures that used to be standard for the agency.”Shayla Johnston, a Brewer family spokeswoman and attorney, agrees with Keech that DCF failed.
March 19, 2018 18:22 UTC
Two graduate students at the University of British Columbia are hoping to rid the campus of plastics so litter won't end up in the ocean around their school. Kaleigh Davis and Fiona Beaty, both marine biology graduate students in UBC's Department of Zoology, have been researching plastics on campus and ways to drastically reduce the amount used. Davis said more plastic is used on campus than people realize — from plastic packaging in dining areas and labs to disposable bags and coffee cups. UBC has taken steps in the past to reduce the amount of styrofoam, a type of polystyrene, used on campus. (Vancouver Aquarium)"We have a really great history of implementing these sorts of actions when it's shown that action needs to be taken," Davis said.
March 19, 2018 18:11 UTC
Angus Reid is the latest polling company to find Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s popularity in precipitous decline in the wake of his widely criticized trip to India. Trudeau’s net approval rating of -16 is well below Stephen Harper’s rating of -1 at a similar point in his tenure. Fifty-six per cent of respondents say they disapprove of Trudeau at his government’s 29-month mark, while 40 per cent say they approve. The only prime minister in recent memory who enjoyed a positive net approval rating at this point in his tenure was Jean Chretien, with a +19 approval. Twenty-five per cent said they would cast a ballot for the Liberals and 16 per cent for the NDP.
March 19, 2018 18:11 UTC
— Police say three youths have been arrested in Bathurst, after a threat involving schools in the northern New Brunswick city was posted on social media. In a post on their Facebook page, Bathurst City Police say other schools in the municipality were also placed in a “restricted access” mode during the incident. Police have not said if the three youths were students at the schools, but do say the investigation is ongoing. The police are thanking school staff for their professionalism during the process to secure students and their collaboration with law enforcement personnel. They are also commending parents for their cooperation and understanding during the course of the incident.
March 19, 2018 18:00 UTC
A man travelling on a Canadian passport was stopped at an Australian airport on Friday after medical equipment used to perform beauty treatments was found in his luggage. Australian Border Force agents said about 40 syringes, needle tips and a variety of beauty treatments that are typically injected into the skin were found in a search of his luggage at Melbourne international airport. Although the items are not prohibited from entering the country, officers accused him of planning to perform unlicensed and “potentially lethal” beauty treatments in Australia. His Electronic Travel Authority, which provides authorization to travel to and enter Australia and is electronically linked to a passport, was cancelled. A fourth Canadian woman arrested in that scheme has not yet had her case heard in court.
March 19, 2018 18:00 UTC
Uber said Monday it has paused its testing of autonomous cars, including in Toronto, after a pedestrian fatality overnight in Tempe, Ariz.A spokesperson for Uber Canada confirmed the company has halted tests in San Francisco, Phoenix, Pittsburgh and Toronto. "The vehicle was traveling northbound … when a female walking outside of the crosswalk crossed the road from west to east when she was struck by the Uber vehicle," Tempe police said in a statement. The New York Times reported that the fatality could be the first known fatality involving a pedestrian struck by an autonomous vehicle on public roads. Since January 2016, Ontario has allowed the testing of autonomous vehicles on provincial roads. However, in December 2017, the provincial government sought public comments on a proposal to change the pilot project to allow for driverless testing of fully autonomous vehicles.
March 19, 2018 17:53 UTC
Billboards designed to put pressure on Ottawa Senators owner and CEO Eugene Melnyk to sell the team have gone up at several locations around Ottawa. Ottawa Senators owner and CEO Eugene Melnyk is the target of an advertising campaign designed to pressure him into selling the NHL franchise. Asked why the billboards aren't closer to the Senators' rink, Callaghan said the space simply wasn't available. "Now we have our third CEO in the past 14 months, who is Eugene Melnyk himself, and I just question the level of chaos and uncertainty. The level of chaos and uncertainty in the front office just does not give fans a lot of confidence."
March 19, 2018 17:48 UTC
LONDON, Ont.—The chief of the London, Ont., fire service has retired amid allegations that his department was plagued by harassment and retaliation. The City of London announced Monday that Chief John Kobarda was retiring “effective immediately” after 27 years with the service, 14 of which were spent in the top job. “As many will know, my plan was to retire this year,” Kobarda said a statement from the city. With that in mind, I have decided that I will be stepping down today.”The London Abused Women’s Centre has, in little more than a week, received complaints from around 30 London firefighters — most of the them men — the organization’s executive director Megan Walker said. “It is definitely a culture of harassment, abuse and retaliation against those firefighters that have stood up for others that have been harassed and abused,” Walker said.
March 19, 2018 17:44 UTC
Jennifer Holleman was invited to share her family's experience with human trafficking with the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. Liberal MP Anthony Housefather, chair of the standing committee on justice and human rights, says hearing from Nova Scotians about their experience with human trafficking was 'moving' and 'compelling.' Under Stephen Harper, the federal government launched a national action plan to combat human trafficking in 2012, but it expired in March 2016. Human trafficking became a specific criminal code offence in Canada in 2005. Consultations will continue Tuesday in Montreal, followed by visits to Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver, all with the goal of providing recommendations on preventing and understanding human trafficking in Canada.
March 19, 2018 17:37 UTC
North Okanagan RCMP are investigating whether foul play might be involved in the sudden death of a 37-year-old woman in Vernon. Police said the woman was found unresponsive in her home near The Rise Golf Course on Cordon Place early Thursday. "Due to the circumstances, investigators are now looking into the matter to determine if foul play was involved in her death," said Const. Brett says RCMP officers remain on scene as the investigation is ongoing. Police say there is no risk to the public.
March 19, 2018 17:36 UTC
The decision comes after a self-driving Uber SUV struck and killed a pedestrian in suburban Phoenix overnight Sunday. In January 2016, Ontario became the first Canadian province to allow on-road testing of autonomous vehicles. The National Transportation Safety Board and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said they are sending teams to investigate. California is among states that require manufacturers to report any incidents during the autonomous vehicle testing phase. Proposals also are pending in Congress, including one that would stop states from regulating autonomous vehicles, Smith said.
March 19, 2018 17:35 UTC