Earth Hour marks 10 years with lights out tonight

Many Canadians will be spending an hour with the lights out tonight as they join people around the world in marking the tenth annual Earth Hour. The World Wildlife Fund has championed Earth Hour since 2007 when it started in Australia. Many lights still flickered but Toronto's cityscape was dimmer than usual during Earth Hour 2016. Electrical utilities across Canada are actively promoting Earth Hour, though it has prompted some critics to use power usage figures to measure Earth Hour's success. The WWF says the idea behind Earth Hour is to raise awareness rather than try to reduce power usage.

March 25, 2017 11:48 UTC

Trump vs. Kim is a showdown with no winners: Burman

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un is even worse. It has also frustrated China, North Korea’s neighbour and chief economic benefactor, which potentially stands to lose the most if the Korean Peninsula descends into chaos. This sudden reference by the Trump administration to the possibility of pre-emptive military action against North Korea has rattled the region. North Korea’s nuclear arsenal is thought to be widely dispersed throughout the country. When cornered and under threat, we know that North Korea’s Kim Jong Un is capable of reacting in dangerous and irrational ways.

March 25, 2017 10:52 UTC

Armed burglary at Bellagio in Las Vegas sends panic through casino

Las Vegas police say they are investigating a burglary at a high-end retail store inside the Bellagio Hotel and Casino. (John Locher/Associated Press)The Bellagio Resort and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip was put on lockdown early on Saturday after an armed burglary of a high-end jewelry store sent panicked guests and gamblers running for the exits, local media reported and police said. Early reports on social media of shots being fired at the busy casino and hotel were false and there were no injuries, the Las Vegas Police Department said on Twitter. There is a burglary of a high-end jewelry store. The incident, shortly after midnight local time, sent guests hiding under casino tables and scurrying to exits and out on to the bustling Las Vegas Strip as police arrived at the famed casino and began searching for suspects, according to reports and photos on social media.

March 25, 2017 10:30 UTC

Indigenous-owned Cape Breton campground to have teepees, tents and trailers

Friends from Membertou and Eskasoni First Nations are turning a Cape Breton, N.S., campsite into an Indigenous-owned camping and RV park. The former Englishtown Ridge Campground, which sits near the entrance to the Cabot Trail, is now known as the Kluskap Ridge RV and Campground. "We're able to reach the Mi'kmaq communities and bring them to the front door of the Cabot Trail, where tourism is the greatest in Cape Breton," he said. "We like to think of it as the doorway to the Cabot Trail. Our idea is camp with us, leave your trailer with us, and then you can safely travel around the Cabot Trail, come back in the evening [and] enjoy your campsite," he said.

March 25, 2017 10:30 UTC

After thrilling final, central senior hockey faces uncertain future

In an overtime thriller, the Central West Senior Hockey League ended a rocky season in a dramatic way Friday night. The Clarenville Caribous scored in overtime to put themselves into the Herder Trophy final, which starts Saturday in Harbour Grace. His team is ending the year as CWSHL champions, but they had trouble even icing a team at the start. League executive Bryan Blackmore said senior hockey outside of the Avalon Peninsula is "always a bit of a crapshoot." Ticket salesman Kenneth Freake says a lot of fundraising for minor hockey programs in Grand Falls-Windsor comes from the Cataracts.

March 25, 2017 10:01 UTC

Toronto Hydro and the power of secrecy: analysis

Toronto Hydro Corp. is spending public money on consultants, including Bay Street lawyers, to help it keep a secret — how much public money it has spent on consultants. Sept. 2, 2016 - IPC announces appeal is in inquiry stage, invites submissions from both sides. Nov. 24, 2016 - Mayor John Tory publicly takes hydro privatization off the table. Dec. 7, 2016 - IPC invites final rebuttals to each other's submissionsI’m not the only one puzzled. Hydro says it cannot confirm or deny the existence of such records and dismissed my request as “frivolous and/or vexatious.” While refusing my request, hydro executive vice-president Amanda Klein references my request for comment.

March 25, 2017 09:56 UTC

No big fish tale: Ice fisher pulls up key lost in Lake Winnipeg on fishing hook

While ice fishing on Lake Winnipeg, Peguis First Nation fisherman Doug Thomas experienced what he calls a "miracle" — and it wasn't a fish he reeled in. He and his cousin, Nelson Thomas, were sitting in his ice fishing hut, about two or three kilometres from the shore. Lucky Peguis First Nation fisherman Doug Thomas standing beside his ice fishing hut. "Then my cousin Nelson said, 'Maybe you should pull up your lines, maybe it's on your hook.'" When Doug Thomas pulled up his fishing line, he was shocked to find his car key caught on the hook.

March 25, 2017 09:56 UTC

In the time of Trump, founder of Paramount restaurants is thinking way beyond shawarma

Mohamad Fakih, owner of Paramount Fine Foods, at his Liberty Village location. As recently as 18 months ago in Poland, on his way to Dubai with his family, Fakih was questioned at length by a border agent. Immigration lawyer Yehuda Levinson, who has forged a friendship with Mohamad Fakih. Mohamad Fakih opened an upscale halal butcher shop in 2012. A former employee has launched an Ontario Human Rights complaint against Paramount and Fakih, after she was sexually assaulted in a lunchroom of one Paramount restaurant.

March 25, 2017 09:56 UTC

100 years ago today, Canada's black battalion set sail for WWI and made history

Now families of the so-called black battalion say the soldiers' struggles carry new relevance, given the state of the world today. Many black men were rejected from enlisting during the First World War because of the colour of their skin. Douglas Ruck says its unimaginable that the Construction Battalion had to fight to represent a country that didn't want them. "A wall built of bigotry, a wall built of prejudice, a wall built of irrational fears, a wall built of hatred." 2 Construction Battalion never fought on the front lines, and they weren't allowed to have guns.

March 25, 2017 09:56 UTC

Historical ban on potlatch ceremony has lingering effects for Indigenous women, author says

But one of the long-lasting effects of the potlatch ban, which was lifted in 1951, has been a lingering patriarchal culture, says Philip Brass. Indigenous peoples were banned from taking part in sweat lodges and sundances during the potlatch ban. Exclusion from leadershipThe potlatch ban's lingering effects can also be seen in the exclusion of many First Nations women from leadership positions in communities, says one Indigenous author and activist. She said the ban has led to the ongoing oppression of Indigenous women. Sylvia McAdam (Saysewahum) said that the potlatch ban is responsible for the loss of many women's ceremonies.

March 25, 2017 09:56 UTC

In Donald Trump, progressives see their hypocrisies laid bare - CBC News

But neither his bluster, nor even necessarily the content of his policies, explain such strident opposition to America's 45th president. Instead, it may be that, in Trump, critics and the media see their own failings and hypocrisies laid bare — a twist of the knife that generates opposition more fervent than a President Cruz or Rubio might've encountered. In just a few short months, Trump's rough and tumble way of doing business has done more to upend the established political order than progressives have in the past 30 years. Indeed, Trump's attempt to bring the CIA to heel is the stuff progressives only wish their politicians were capable of. It took a blustering Manhattan amateur to upend America's political order, the result of which is exposing the crushed hopes and hypocrisy of his rivals.

March 25, 2017 09:11 UTC

Mississauga mom wants answers after probe into crystal meth homework wraps up

It would not give any more details about the teacher's motivations, calling it a "personnel" matter. A portion of the instructions for making and injecting crystal meth brought home from school by Greenidge's son. It's about understanding, of all the billions of things you can Google and land on, why this assignment. "For the school board to think this is OK, it's business as usual, I don't think so," said Greenidge. This was not a simple assignment or a simple set of instructions.

March 25, 2017 09:00 UTC

National contest tries to convince students that lucrative sales jobs are 'sexy'

"I think that sales is a really sexy job," says the founder of the Toronto's Sales Talent Agency. Sheila Cassidy and Sonya Meloff of the Great Canadian Sales Competition screen audition videos from university students who were recruited on campus. Three years ago, Meloff and Scarborough launched the Great Canadian Sales Competition, aimed at university students. (CBC)A key point: the competition focuses on corporate selling, which refers to companies' sales to other companies, not to consumers. He's clearly changed his mind, as he starts a sales job at Shopify in May.

March 25, 2017 09:00 UTC

Three held over alleged rape of 15-year-old girl - Nation

HULU SELANGOR: Three boys have been arrested for allegedly raping a Form Four student at her home in Kalumpang here. The trio, aged between 15 and 19, allegedly had sex with the girl at her parent's home after meeting her through WeChat. Hulu Selangor OCPD Supt R. Supramaniam said the boys started having sex with the 15-year-old girl between January and March this year. "They had sex with the girl while her parents were not at home. Supt Supramaniam advised parents to monitor their children's activities on social media to prevent similar incidents from happening.

March 25, 2017 07:52 UTC

Season reduced to moral victories for injury-riddled Winnipeg Jets as they show solid effort in 3-1 loss to Anaheim Ducks

ANAHEIM – Most facets of the Winnipeg Jets game were much improved from a night before, but not even that could help them avoid a clean sweep in California. The Jets were more disciplined and got much better goaltending, but ultimately fell 3-1 to the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night at Honda Center. It was the sixth goal of the season for Morrissey, who is up to 20 points in 75 games during his rookie season. After the Jets tied the game, Trouba was the victim of an unfortunate bounce as Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano banked a shot off of him and past goalie Michael Hutchinson. Following another tough outing for Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck in Thursday’s 5-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings, Hutchinson provided some steady play between the pipes, making 32 saves.

March 25, 2017 05:26 UTC

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