R. Kelly's attorney Steve Greenberg speaks to the media after Kelly turned himself in to police Friday in Chicago. R. Kelly turns himself in at 1st District police headquarters in Chicago on Friday. Watch: R. Kelly documentary spurs calls to spurn singer's musicFor years, many R. Kelly fans have ignored the R&B singer's questionable behaviour. At a news conference Friday, Avenatti said a 14-year-old girl seen with R. Kelly on the video is among four victims mentioned in the indictment. Legally and professionally, the walls began closing in on Kelly after the release of a BBC documentary about him last year and the multi-part Lifetime documentary Surviving R. Kelly, which aired last month.
February 23, 2019 12:00 UTC
The federal fisheries minister says the anticipated increase in tanker traffic should cabinet approve the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline will have little impact on the endangered southern resident killer whales in the waters off B.C. So irrespective of whether Trans Mountain proceeds there's a need for us to actually address issues around marine traffic." The National Energy Board on Friday confirmed its original decision that the controversial expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline is in the national interest and should be approved. She argues that the government has shown again that Trans Mountain takes precedence over the killer whales and the marine environment. The Georgia Strait Alliance was one of the interveners in the marine protections element of the Trans Mountain expansion.
February 23, 2019 10:52 UTC
Now the band is nominated for a Juno for 2019's best alternative album for their latest recording, TPC. Now we're a little older and a little wiser and a little more appreciative. "Now we're a little older and a little wiser and a little more appreciative," said Wright. I mean, rock music in general has kind of been put on the back burner." Long-distance affairBeing based in Charlottetown doesn't hamper his ability to be part of the band, Alsop said.
February 23, 2019 10:52 UTC
VANCOUVER—Just two days after Christmas, the tenants of 732 5th Ave. in New Westminster got an unwelcome present from their landlord. “He made a point that it was a favour that he waited until after Christmas,” said Kyla Yeates, recalling a conversation she had with Chand. The notice said Hawboldt had to leave because Chand planned to house a building caretaker in her suite. “All the renovictions at Christmas time,” he exclaimed in disbelief during the Feb. 4 council meeting. “Who does that?” Through various holding companies, Chand owns six apartment buildings in New Westminster and two buildings in Vancouver.
February 23, 2019 10:06 UTC
Coffins carrying the seven Barho children’s remains arrived in a series of hearses at the Cunard Centre. Another mourner, Audrey Watson-Darrow, said she attended to let the family know they are loved and supported. The Barho family lived in Elmsdale, a 30-minute drive north of Halifax, when they first arrived in Nova Scotia and were embraced by residents there. The family was among 1,795 Syrian refugees who have come to Nova Scotia in recent years. The Trudeau government granted asylum to 40,000 Syrian refugees in 2015-16.
February 23, 2019 10:02 UTC
The centre provides information to citizens on the complicated land-use planning process, guiding neighbourhood groups through public meetings. It also offers free legal help with appeals of municipal zoning decisions, now heard at the Local Planning Appeals Tribunal, the quasi-judicial body that replaced the OMB. "The Government of Ontario has made a decision to close the Local Planning Appeal Support Centre (LPASC). "Over time this will result in fewer appeals at the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal. "The land-use planning process is very complicated and is very difficult to work through," said Pace in an interview Friday.
February 23, 2019 09:56 UTC
It sets you on your heels and it's not what you think when you get into this sort of job. But that's really disingenuous because while we can be strong and we can appear to detach, you just can't ignore the effects that stresses, occupational stresses, will have on you through your career. You have some really good days, it's not all tragedy fortunately. You get to do a lot of good things, you get to meet a lot of people. It's easy to let tragedy try to overshadow success and positivity, and there are times when tragedy will try to get the upper hand.
February 23, 2019 09:56 UTC
VATICAN CITY — A prominent Nigerian nun blasted the culture of silence that has long kept clergy sexual abuse hidden in the Catholic Church, telling a Vatican summit Saturday that transparency and an admission of mistakes were needed to restore trust. “How could the clerical church have kept silent, covering these atrocities?” she asked. Saturday was dedicated to issues of transparency and breaking the code of silence that kept abuse hidden for so long. Openibo also praised “Brother Francis” for his honesty in admitting he had erred in an abuse coverup case in Chile last year. “I think that this is a time to reflect, to find more awareness on the gravity of minors’ abuse,” he said.
February 23, 2019 09:41 UTC
Duelling concerts and rolling convoysBritish entrepreneur Richard Branson added a musical soundtrack to the drama unfolding near Cucuta when he announced that he would sponsor a "Venezuela Live Aid" concert on the Colombian side of the border. The concert kicked off yesterday in the presence of Colombia's President Ivan Duque and his counterparts from Chile and Paraguay. The opposition says it could use any of the four bridges in the area, or any number of other informal crossings, to get aid across to Venezuela. Venezuela's military is fractured and on-edge, under intense pressure from most Venezuelans to let aid in, and under equally intense pressure from the Maduro government to block it all costs. And so begins a momentous day for the future of Venezuela — one with a high potential for violence.
Since then, though, NDP support in Quebec has slowly frittered away. It is fitting, then, that the Orange Wave's last stand seems to have begun with a byelection Monday in the riding where it all started: Outremont. "In this byelection the NDP is actually the underdog," said Karl Bélanger, a former NDP strategist who worked closely with Layton and Mulcair. Several recent polls suggest Liberal support has suffered in the wake of the scandal, and they are now in a dead heat nationally with the Conservatives. With candidates for both parties indicating the environment is a major concern of voters, the Outremont byelection is providing a test of their progressive bona fides.
The Department of Finance didn't inform the Canadian International Trade Tribunal investigating the merits of its emergency safeguards on foreign steel when it quietly signed an agreement to allow more Mexican steel to enter Canada without paying the surtax. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed on Jan.16 set new quotas for energy tubular products (such as those used to build pipelines) and wire rod imports from Mexico only. Between Jan. 7 and 24, the trade tribunal was holding hearings to gather evidence for an eventual recommendation to the minister on whether to continue with emergency safeguards on steel, which otherwise expire after 200 days. Mexico strongly objected to surtaxLast fall, emergency safeguards were imposed on seven specific kinds of foreign steel using an emergency tool the finance minister had never deployed before. Emergency safeguards to prevent the dumping of cheap foreign steel were part of their strategy.
Teaching assistants, research assistants and some instructors at Carleton University have had their health benefits suspended. In an email to its members, the union said the affected benefits include dental, vision, physiotherapy, chiropractic care, child care and University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) reimbursements for international students. We pay our fees every year for our union to get health and benefits, and to cut it suddenly in a semester is just awful. - Abigail Curlew, doctoral student and TA"The immediate sense that I had was a sense of complete betrayal from the senior administration of Carleton University," she said. Making trade-offsPetite said only CUPE 4600 Green Shield benefits are affected.
For the first time in its history, the festival has cleared the way for a transgender group of sadhus (saints) to participate. (photo: Murali Krishnan)The 2011 census (India's most recent) was the first to count transgender people, finding a total of 487,803. (photo: Murali Krishnan)The Kumbh Mela is expected to attract more than 100 million pilgrims by the time it's over. While the transgender community has made a splash at this festival, the wider question remains whether India at large will fully recognize their social identity. The Kumbh Mela ends March 4.
Before Jody Wilson-Raybould could state her case to her ex-cabinet colleagues on Tuesday, she first had to make her case directly to the prime minister. She wanted to explain her side of the SNC-Lavalin affair to the inner circle she had quit on February 12. The first is the meeting with the prime minister," Wernick told MPs on the justice committee Thursday. When Wilson-Raybould asked Trudeau about SNC-Lavalin, Wernick said, the PM assured his then-attorney general that any decision was hers to make. Many senior Liberals feel Wernick did a good job of defending the government's conduct in the SNC-Lavalin controversy.
"This is such a large part of a nun's reality — that you have to be available to priests," she says. As top bishops from around the world gather at the Vatican for a summit on preventing sexual abuse of minors by clergy, victims of abuse have poured into Rome, too. Among them are many women like Wagner, here to draw attention to the abuse of nuns. "With the sexual abuse of children there is no doubt it's a crime, but with sexual assault of nuns you have to prove that they didn't consent," says Scaraffia. Unless the power structure changes, there will never be an appropriate dealing with children sexual assault either," she says.