TRENTON, N.J. — A California truck driver stopped on a New Jersey highway with 64 kilograms (141 pounds) of heroin and 10 kilograms (22 pounds) of cocaine has been sentenced to 10 years in state prison. Henry Cruz Ventura, of Los Angeles, was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty last month to heroin possession with the intent to distribute. The drugs were seized from his tractor-trailer last August by the New Jersey state police mobile safe freight unit on Interstate 78 in Warren County. A second man stopped on the same highway last year was earlier sentenced to 10 years in state prison. Oscar Franco, also of California, was arrested after police found 36 kilograms (79 pounds) of heroin in his tractor-trailer when he was stopped for a routine commercial inspection.
June 26, 2017 16:21 UTC
Police have charged a Calgary man with sexual assault against a three-year-old girl at a day home in Citadel in the city's northwest. The girl's parents reported the alleged incident to police in February after she told them she had been touched inappropriately by a man. Gary Francis Hachey, 65, is charged with sexual interference and sexual assault of a child. Mayhew said the day home operator, who had been in business for about 10 years, voluntarily closed it when the allegations came to light. Police interviewed parents who had children enrolled at the day home around the time of the incident, as well as former clients, Mayhew said.
June 26, 2017 16:20 UTC
Cladding maker Arconic says it is discontinuing global sales of one type of composite paneling for high-rise buildings in the wake of the devastating fire that killed 79 people at Grenfell Tower. Arconic says in a statement Monday that Reynobond PE would no longer be sold for use in high-rise buildings. The tower's cladding — panels widely used to insulate buildings and improve their appearance — may have been a factor in rapidly spreading the June 14 blaze. Meanwhile, hospitals and school buildings across Britain will have their exterior cladding tested for flammability as part of an urgent nationwide push to increase fire safety, the British government said on Monday. Since the fire, cladding on 60 high-rise buildings nationwide has been tested for fire safety — and all have failed.
June 26, 2017 16:18 UTC
Elsewhere” it wasn’t the medical jargon he struggled with — it was his Canadian accent. “They just kicked the Canada out of me.”Over Canada’s 150-year history, the Canuck English accent has varied in sound and strength, depending on the region. Though the accent can be subtle at times, it can be a hard one for some homegrown actors to shake when they’re playing non-Canadian characters. “The word ‘been,’ Americans say ‘bin’ but Canadians say ‘bee-n.”‘Still, some actors don’t bother going through such great pains. “One of them is called ‘Canadian rising,’ and this is the stereotype that most Americans have of Canadian English and it involves the ‘OU’ vowel and the ‘I’ vowel.
June 26, 2017 16:02 UTC
OTTAWA — Canada and China have agreed not to engage in state-sponsored hacking of each other’s trade secrets and business information. The two countries reached the agreement during a meeting last week that was part of their new high-level national security dialogue. The two sides also had “candid” discussions about a possible extradition treaty, said the statement — something China wants, but that Canada has said is a long way off. Daniel Jean, Trudeau’s national security adviser, led the talks with Wang Yongqing, the secretary-general of China’s Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission. “We disagree on some aspects of the rule of law and privately and publicly on how the Chinese government treats human rights advocates.”
June 26, 2017 15:57 UTC
Almost across the board, the online poll found little consensus on any of the questions but instead elicited a wide variety of answers. Historica Canada President Anthony Wilson-Smith said the sheer diversity of survey responses speaks to the makeup of the country itself. Trudeau’s eight per cent support from respondents was followed by Quebecois singer Celine Dion, who secured five per cent of respondents’ support. One thing Canadians do seem to agree on is a desire to celebrate the country’s upcoming 150th birthday. About 80 per cent of the survey’s 1,003 respondents said they planned to acknowledge Saturday’s sesquicentennial in some way.
June 26, 2017 15:54 UTC
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio officials have restored 11 government websites that were hacked with a message purporting to be supportive of the Islamic State terrorist group. The Department of Administrative Services says affected websites were restored by Monday. It affected websites for the governor and his wife, the lieutenant governor and the inspector general, as well as Ohio’s Medicaid and prisons agencies. The list also included sites for Ohio’s casino and facilities commissions, the offices of Health Transformation and Workforce Transformation, and the government streamlining effort LeanOhio. The same message infiltrated government websites in Brookhaven, New York, and Howard County, Maryland.
June 26, 2017 15:49 UTC
On Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver took aim at those who don’t believe in vaccines, a.k.a. “Vaccines are one of humanity’s most incredible accomplishments. And there was a time when a new one was a cause for huge celebration,” Oliver said. Despite him being exposed and the study being retracted, the damage was done, creating countless critics of vaccines. As Oliver explained, the FDA essentially spent money and resources to solve a problem that never even existed in an effort to assuage general anxieties.
June 26, 2017 15:45 UTC
Gold miners were among the weakest performers, as the price of bullion fell, but oil and gas companies also contributed to Toronto’s decline. The S&P/TSX composite index was down 38.40 points to 15,281.16, after 90 minutes of trading. In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 12.31 points to 21,407.07, while the S&P 500 climbed 2.245 points to 2,440.54. The Nasdaq composite fell 14.51 points to 6,250.74. The Canadian dollar was trading at 75.53 cents U.S., up from the average price Friday of 75.37 cents U.S.
June 26, 2017 15:35 UTC
A high-profile group of Jewish leaders cancelled a gala event with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday to protest his government's decision to scrap plans for a mixed-gender prayer area at Jerusalem's Western Wall. The move reflects an unprecedented gulf that has erupted between Israel and the Jewish diaspora over how Judaism can be practised in Israel. The dramatic about-face at Sunday's cabinet meeting followed the initial approval of the plan in January 2016 to officially recognize the special mixed-gender prayer area at the Western Wall — the holiest site where Jews can pray. Under ultra-Orthodox management, the wall is currently separated between men's and women's prayer sections and those attempting to hold egalitarian services in the area are often heckled and harassed. Columnist Amihai Attali wrote the decision was even more outrageous, given how much Israel relies on the donations of the Jewish diaspora.
June 26, 2017 15:33 UTC
One of the couples continued to receive Medicaid assistance for their children despite making more than $1 million in both 2012 and 2013, according to one criminal complaint. Rabbi Zalmen Sorotzkin, of Congregation Lutzk in Lakewood, and his wife, Tzipporah, were charged with collecting more than $338,000 in benefits prosecutors said they weren’t entitled to. They were charged in state court along with Mordechai and Jocheved Breskin, who prosecutors said collected more than $585,000 in benefits. A separate federal criminal complaint charged two other married couples with conspiring to fraudulently obtain Medicaid benefits, Section 8 housing benefits and food assistance benefits. The couple made approximately $265,000 in 2011, more than double the maximum allowed to receive Medicaid benefits and more than triple the maximum for Section 8 benefits, according to the complaint.
June 26, 2017 15:22 UTC
Discarded fish are usually dead or dying. Almost 10 million tonnes of about 100 million tonnes of fish caught annually in the past decade were thrown back into the sea, according to the "Sea Around Us" review by the University of British Columbia and the University of Western Australia. Industrial fleets often throw back fish that are damaged, diseased, too small or of an unwanted species. Declining numbersThe report welcomed the decline in discards from a peak of about 19 million tonnes in 1989, roughly 15 per cent of a total catch of 130 million tonnes. The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization last estimated, in 2005, that eight per cent of fish were discarded from 1992–2001.
June 26, 2017 15:11 UTC
The hail won't be much bigger than the size of a pea, but could cause damage to tender crops, warns Environment Canada. (Jodie S/Twitter)Small hail pellets and scattered thunderstorms are making their way towards Waterloo region and Wellington county this afternoon, according to an Environment Canada special weather statement. Those unsettled conditions could also produce wind gusts up to 70 km/h and small hail, about the size of a pea — though Environment Canada said some hail could get up to a centimeter in diameter. "Given the cool temperatures and favourable atmospheric conditions, the hail may be abundant and nearly cover the ground at times. The main concern is damage to tender crops and plants."
June 26, 2017 15:11 UTC
Flights to Fredericton are scheduled to begin Sept. 12 and flights to Saint John are to start Sept. 21. - Brad Cicero, Porter AirlinesThe service will include direct flights to Ottawa, which will continue on the same aircraft to Toronto Island. The rates from Saint John start at $155 to Toronto and to Ottawa at $160. Only Air Canada has regular flights from Saint John to Toronto from Saint John. Cicero said the airline hopes to appeal to business and leisure customers with the new Fredericton and Saint John flights.
June 26, 2017 15:01 UTC
OTTAWA — The federal government’s long-promised counter-radicalization centre is now open, but the appointment of a special adviser to shape a national strategy could be months away. The government says the Canada Centre for Community Engagement and Prevention of Violence will provide national leadership, co-ordination and support to stop young people from heading down a dark path. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says the new centre will help society do as much as humanly possible to prevent radicalization to violence before tragedy strikes. In the coming months, a special adviser will be appointed to meet with young people, community leaders and experts across Canada to identify priorities and shape a national strategy on countering radicalization to violence. The 2016 budget provided $35 million over five years and $10 million annually thereafter to prevent extremism from taking root.
June 26, 2017 15:00 UTC