Canada-Russia final set at world women’s curling championship

BEIJING—Russia’s Anna Sidorova defeated Sweden’s Anna Hasselborg 9-3 in Saturday’s semifinal at the world women’s curling championship to set up a rematch with Canada’s Rachel Homan for the gold medal. Sidorova played a tapback for three points in the seventh end and stole three more points in the eighth for the victory. “Coming second in the round-robin made history for our team, and I’m so proud that we can now represent Russia in the final. “I’m so proud of the performance my team showed today.”Homan defeated Sidorova in the Page playoff 1-2 game Friday to advance straight to Sunday’s gold-medal game (3 a.m., TSN4). The Ottawa skip has won all 12 games she has played at the Capital Gymnasium.

March 25, 2017 21:00 UTC

Beach reopens but dog ban still in place after wolf attack near Ucluelet

Pacific Rim Park officials have reopened Wickaninnish Beach near Ucluelet, B.C., after a series of wolf attacks prompted its closure Thursday. A dog ban in all areas of the park between Tofino and Ucluelet and a wolf advisory are still in place, however. Off-leash dogs are an easy target for wolves, Wissink said, adding that around 9,000 people bring their dogs to the area every year. Last November a wolf advisory was issued for Wickaninnish Beach after a man and his two dogs were surrounded by wolves. How to stay safePacific Rim Park reserve has issued the following guidelines for handling wolf encounters:Hike in a group and make noise.

March 25, 2017 21:00 UTC

U.S. women winning off ice with hockey pay fight in OT

Dahm plays for the Canadian Women’s Hockey League’s Boston Blades. Several players, however, posted messages on social media saying they support the national team and would decline or have declined offers to play. On Friday, the NHL Players’ Association and Major League Baseball players posted messages of support. Star national team forward Hilary Knight said USA Hockey would have a hard time assembling a replacement team to defend a gold medal given the shows of unity throughout the sport. “It’s a tight-knit community that we have in women’s hockey here.

March 25, 2017 20:48 UTC

Security, parking, garbage irk Ivanka Trump's D.C. neighbours

A big part of the complaint: a huge security presence, with even a trip to the playground requiring three vans. The family has raised the ire of their neighbours in the Washington, D.C., neighbourhood of Kalorama. On Friday morning, D.C. transportation crews were outside the house, removing "No Parking" signs. The department said no permits had been sought for parking exemptions or sidewalk closures on the street since Trump moved in. Even without extra restrictions, street parking for non-residents is limited to two hours.

March 25, 2017 20:48 UTC

Liberals must sell budget to premiers after 'challenging' health talks

To deliver on some of the touchstone pledges of their financial plan, including social housing and child care spaces, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau will need provincial and territorial support. Infrastructure, asylum seeker complaintsAlready some established irritants for the federal government have led to less-than-stellar reviews of the budget. Quebec came out swinging on Wednesday, saying the Liberals failed to show that they would support several major infrastructure projects. Heading into his second day of caucus meetings, Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi responded, saying he has a very strong relationship with Quebec ministers. Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau leave the Prime Minister's office holding copies of the federal budget on Wednesday.

March 25, 2017 20:48 UTC

Victim of targeted Abbotsford shooting identified

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has identified the victim of a daylight shooting in Abbotsford as 20-year-old Jaskarn Lally. According to IHIT, the shooting occurred at 2:30 p.m. PT on Friday in the 3500 block of Chase Street, and appears to have been targeted. "Mr. Lally was known to police and was an associate of local gangs," said Cpl. Police were called to the home around 4:30 p.m., where they found Lally with apparent gunshot wounds. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the IHIT Tip Line at 1-877-551-4448, or if they wish to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

March 25, 2017 20:36 UTC

Freezing rain warning issued for Ottawa-Gatineau area

Get ready for a slippery Sunday in and around the Ottawa-Gatineau area. Environment Canada is warning that periods of freezing rain are expected to to develop Sunday afternoon across eastern Ontario and western Quebec and persist until the evening. Sap flowing on a ☀day, but Fr. Rain Warning issued 4 E ON & W QC #ottnews #ottweather #OttWx — @BlacksWeatherTemperatures should rise throughout the afternoon and the freezing rain should eventually change to normal rain, but it may take longer in the Ottawa Valley for that to happen, Environment Canada said. In Ottawa-Gatineau, Environment Canada is forecasting periods of freezing rain beginning Sunday afternoon and a daytime high of 0 C.The freezing rain will likely change to normal rain after midnight, with normal showers in the Monday forecast and a high of 5 C.

March 25, 2017 20:16 UTC

Oklahoma lawmaker defends pregnancy from rape and incest as God bringing ‘beauty from ashes’

In defending his controversial antiabortion legislation, Oklahoma state Rep. George Faught said that even in pregnancies that result from rape or incest, “God can bring beauty from ashes.”Faught made the statement during a debate on the Oklahoma House floor earlier this week. A fellow lawmaker criticized the Republican from Muskogee for not including an exception for pregnancies that resulted from rape and incest. “Do we value life, or do we just value a perfect life? Do we value life, or do we just value a perfect life? “God can bring beauty out of ashes, as he has time and time again,” he added, addressing questions about rape and incest.

March 25, 2017 20:15 UTC

Back from the dead? Thought to be extinct, multiple ‘sightings’ have scientists searching for Tasmanian tiger

Scientists in Australia are preparing to search for the Tasmanian tiger after a series of “sightings” of the species, which was declared extinct when the last one died in a zoo in 1936. “These animals, I’ve never seen anything like them before in my life,” he told ABC Radio. “They pretty well confirmed that they know about a dog-like creature – not a dingo – that’s often seen at night,” he said. The last known creature died on Sept 7, 1936 at a zoo in Hobart, the capital of the island Tasmania. The recent sightings were at two separate sites but the precise locations are being kept secret.

March 25, 2017 19:52 UTC

More senior day program spots coming to Richmond

Edmond To's 85-year-old mother was on a waiting list for six months before she got into the United Chinese Community Enrichment Services Society's (SUCCESS) senior day program. SUCCESS announced on Friday that the program is expanding to Richmond, with 25 spots a day to open in June, once renovations are complete at the Austin Harris Residence seniors assisted living facility. Edmond To drives his mother to a senior day program a couple times a week in Vancouver. SUCCESS CEO Queenie Choo says the available senior day program spots in Richmond are far below demand. He said the program works well, but more spots would really help cut down the waiting list.

March 25, 2017 19:52 UTC

Self-driving Uber vehicle hit in Arizona crash

Officials say a self-driving Uber SUV was operating on its own when it was struck by another vehicle making a left turn at an intersection in Arizona, where the company is testing autonomous vehicles. Uber says its vehicles have been grounded as it investigates. Police in Tempe, just east of Phoenix, say the self-driving SUV was obeying the law and the driver in the other car who didn't yield was cited for a moving violation after the Friday night crash. An Uber statement Saturday says there were no passengers in the self-driving Volvo SUV at the time of the crash but there were two operators in the front. Police say the Uber vehicle rolled over onto its side as a result of the collision.

March 25, 2017 19:41 UTC

Slip is something to keep savouring: review

Alex Paxton-Beesley, left, and Daniel Pagett play the detectives assigned to the case in Slip, a smart psychological drama at the Tarragon Workspace. ( Supplied photo )SlipWritten by Alec Toller, Mikaela Dyke, Daniel Pagett, Alex Paxton-Beesley, Paloma Nuñez and Anders Yates, directed by Toller. Article Continued BelowLynne (Alex Paxton-Beesley) and Mark (Daniel Pagett) are the detectives assigned to the case. Mother of Christ it smells like a summertime garbage strike in here,” he says as he enters the crime scene. What’s the significance of the image of conjoined pentagons that they find all over the dead woman’s apartment?

March 25, 2017 19:04 UTC

That time Vancouver's hippies took over Stanley Park 50 years ago

The Summer of Love was looming on the West Coast, and Reid was in the thick of it. The community Reid is referring to was Canada's epicentre of the hippie movement: Kitsilano. A snapshot of Vancouver's Kitsilano in 19670:32Reid says the hippie movement came in response to tumultuous events like the Vietnam War, race riots in the U.S. and the Cold War. Hippies will 'destroy Canada'2:25But as the 1970s approached, the hippie movement morphed with the changing times. World events continued to take their toll on the hippies, Reid said, and more earnest political action began to take shape.

March 25, 2017 18:56 UTC

Ottawa teen pulled over and punched in face by cop while handcuffed had rights violated: judge

A teenager who was pulled over for not signalling a lane change and then punched twice in the face as he sat handcuffed in the back of a police car had his rights repeatedly violated by an Ottawa police officer, a judge has ruled. Nikolas Boldirev’s explanations for why he arrested Hamed or delivered two “full force” punches to the handcuffed teen’s face following the traffic stop at 1:52 a.m. on Aug. 31, 2015. This is not an assault“The officer agrees Mr. Hamed has not tried to kick him or assault him in any way. Following the punches, Boldirev then searched Hamed’s van. This officer punched Mr. Hamed twice with full force in the face as he sat cuffed in the back of the cruiser,” said Russomanno.

March 25, 2017 18:33 UTC

Belarus police arrest more than 400 protesters; many are beaten

A human rights group said more than 400 people were arrested and many were beaten as police in Belarus cracked down hard Saturday on protesters who tried to hold a forbidden demonstration in the capital, Minsk. The demonstrators had hoped to build on a rising wave of defiance of the former Soviet republic's authoritarian government, led by President Alexander Lukashenko, who has ruled since 1994. Belarus police in riot gear got into a stand-off with protesters before starting to make wide-scale arrests. A protester holds an upside-down portrait of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko during a rally in Minsk, on March 15, 2017. In his 23 years as president, Lukashenko has stifled dissent and free media and retained much of the Soviet-style command economy.

March 25, 2017 18:33 UTC

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