Police seize fentanyl, guns, arrest 18 in Ontario and Quebec

"They need to understand now — there's a really, really, really good chance it contains fentanyl," said Barnum. Barnum warned that even recreational drug users who know and trust the source of their drugs could be at risk from fentanyl. Drugs transported into U.S. Drugs seized in the operation were being transported from Canada across the U.S. border, where they were sold in Connecticut, said Barnum. The OPP seized a large quantity of drugs as part of Project Silkstone.

February 23, 2017 12:29 UTC

U.S.-backed Iraqi forces fight their way through Mosul airport, military base

Private broadcaster Lebanon-based Al-Mayadeen aired live footage from the Mosul airport perimeter, showing a military helicopter buzzing overheard and firing at ISIL positions as gunfire rattled. RelatedSeparately, Iraqi special forces entered the Ghazlani military base next to the airport on the southern edge of the city, the spokesman of the Joint Military Operation Command, Brig. On Sunday, after weeks of preparations, Iraqi forces officially launched the operation to take Mosul’s western half, with the Iraqi regular army and federal police forces taking part in the initial push. The battle for western Mosul, the extremist group’s last major urban bastion in Iraq, is expected to be most daunting yet. The capture of Mosul International Airport and the adjacent Ghazlani base would be a major boost for the Iraqi forces in the fight for western Mosul.

February 23, 2017 12:01 UTC

Rising oil production will push Alberta economy to fastest growth in country in 2017: Conference Board

In its winter quarterly report released Thursday, the board projects Alberta will lead the country in terms of real GDP growth in 2017, which is forecast at 2.8 per cent. The price of crude oil is also expected to rise to almost $60 US by the end of 2018. "Rebuilding efforts in fire-ravaged Fort McMurray and solid increases in oil production will be the difference for the Wild Rose province in 2017," the report said. British Columbia will see a significant contraction thanks to the slowdown in the housing market, going from three-plus per cent growth over the last few years to 1.9 per cent growth in 2017. Saskatchewan isn't expected to claw out of its recession as successfully Alberta, with GDP forecasted to grow at 0.9 per cent thanks in part to challenges in the potash and uranium markets.

February 23, 2017 12:01 UTC

Public servant in Phoenix mess devastated over $65K tax slip error

A Canadian public servant on maternity leave says her tax slip is incorrect by $65,000 because of the problem-plagued Phoenix pay system, and she doesn't understand how the government could "mess up so significantly." The government is so far reissuing about 50,000 tax slips to public servants working in Quebec and British Columbia due to two different errors. The latest news comes as federal public service unions are marking the one-year anniversary of the rollout of the Phoenix system. Marie Lemay, deputy minister of Public Services and Procurement Canada, says Phoenix is a complex system. Kelly McCauley, the Official Opposition's PSPC critic, says he's sorry workers are experiencing issues with their tax slips.

February 23, 2017 12:01 UTC

Indiana police have released a new clue in the deaths of two girls — a chilling recording of three words

The audio clip released by Indiana State Police on Wednesday contained a voice, and just three words. “If you hear this today, and you think, ‘My God, that sounds like fill-in-the-blank,’ call us, make an anonymous tip, tell us who you think it is, let us investigate it,” Indiana State Police spokesman Capt. “If it’s not the right person, they’ll just be out a little bit of time, and they’ll be cleared and they can go on and they’ll never know that you called. In a news release, state police said the man was on the Delphi Historic Trail around the time that Abigail and Liberty were walking. “Someone knows who this individual is,” Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas Carter said at the news conference.

February 23, 2017 12:00 UTC

Brazen attacks in Pakistan: Explosion kills eight in city of Lahore, officials say

LAHORE, Pakistan — Explosives in a building under construction ignited Thursday, ripping through a market in an upscale neighbourhood in the eastern city of Lahore on Thursday, killing eight people, officials said. It was not immediately clear whether the explosives were meant to be a bomb or were merely stored in the building. The news came as a shock to many in this Islamic nation, where a string of brazen attacks over the past two weeks have killed more than 125 people. Lahore police operations chief Haider Ashraf said the explosion took place inside a building that was under construction and where labourers were working at the time. The explosion was so powerful it littered the parking area outside the building with broken glass and debris.

February 23, 2017 11:48 UTC

SpaceX docks with International Space Station following delay

SpaceX has made good on a 400-kilometre-high delivery at the International Space Station. Astronauts captured SpaceX's Dragon cargo ship Thursday, a day after a GPS problem prevented the capsule from coming too close. The navigation error was quickly fixed, and everything went smoothly the second time around. The Dragon — loaded with 5,500 pounds of supplies — rocketed away Sunday from NASA's historic moon pad in Florida. Given the Dragon's delayed arrival, the astronauts need to open it up as soon as they can to retrieve sensitive science experiments.

February 23, 2017 11:37 UTC

Living wage for Durham region pegged at $17 an hour

A new report pegs a living wage for Durham at $17 an hour. Steve Russell / Toronto Star ) Order this photoTeacher Ryan Kelly belongs to a union where every member earns a living wage. He wants the Durham District School Board to become a living wage employer and ensure everyone working in area schools — including contract employees like cafeteria staff — earns a living wage. Peel is expected to release its living wage later this year. “A living wage is about making Durham a better place for families and for businesses,” said the report’s author Georgia Luyt.

February 23, 2017 11:03 UTC

Iranian Montrealer facing deportation can stay in Canada

Federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen granted the woman a special temporary residency permit Thursday morning, and she was released from custody hours later. Azizi Mirmahaleh and her daughter, Sahar Bahrami, emerged from the downtown Montreal Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada office with their arms linked. Azizi Mirmahaleh will also be able to attend Bahrami's wedding next month. Quebec Immigration Minister Kathleen Weil had called on her federal counterpart to show compassion toward Roghayeh Azizi Mirmahaleh. "It's evident [Azizi Mirmahaleh] needs to be given permanent protection, to be allowed to stay here as a permanent resident," he said.

February 23, 2017 11:02 UTC

Special code means shoppers charged full price for sale items could get them free

Anyone with an item costing more than $10 would get a discount of $10 off the sale price. This item was free because it was originally scanned at the full price rather than the sale price. Shoppers Drug Mart is one of many retailers in Canada that adhere to the Scanner Price Accuracy Code. "Ninety-two per cent of calls are not valid scanner code complaints," he said. "That tells me there are a lot of people who aren't familiar with the scanner code."

February 23, 2017 11:00 UTC

Rescue group advertises dog for $350 — after getting it for free

A Selkirk woman is warning pet owners after she spotted the dog she gave away being advertised online by a local pet rescue group for $350. Shelley Wait says she thought the woman who took her dog, Lucy, was going to give her a loving home, but instead turned her over to an animal rescue group. Nine days later, Wait found Lucy being advertised on Kijiji by a local animal rescue group, Homeless and Injured Animal Rescue of Canada (HIARC), asking for an adoption fee of $350. She says the man scolded her for listing her dog for free and then giving it to a stranger. "Why can't we take that dog from Kijiji for free and then turn around and place it in a good home?"

February 23, 2017 10:52 UTC

'Not working as it was intended:' Education minister says inclusive model has to change

Education Minister Dale Kirby said the current inclusive education model in schools across Newfoundland and Labrador is "not working as it was intended," and it needs to change. Next to inclusive education, the biggest issue among the teachers is the increasing class sizes. "We've been very up front from the beginning that larger class size means more work for teachers," Kirby said. "It's disturbing that that would happen at all, but it does happen in our schools," Kirby said. 'We are challenged to provide inclusive education with the resources that we have...' - Dale Kirby, education ministerDespite the issues with the current inclusive education model, Kirby said he doesn't want to go back to the days of segregation, like Exon House in St. John's — a provincial institution that housed children and adults with developmental disabilities.

February 23, 2017 10:29 UTC

Young golfer's family calls Air Canada's handling of stolen clubs 'below par'

Angelo and Shelly Lia contacted Peel Police when they spotted their daughter's $5,000 custom golf clubs for sale on Kijiji. (Shelly Lia )Her concerned parents called Air Canada's baggage services hotline and sat through endless loops of automated voices to no avail. - Shelly Lia"The seller produced the golf clubs and they're easily identifiable because the victim did provide us with serial numbers," Const. has been arrested in connection with the missing golf clubs. Air Canada said it cannot comment on this specific case, as it's before the courts.

February 23, 2017 10:02 UTC

Trump brand boycott gets louder with plans to protest Ivanka's line at the Bay

Hudson's Bay continues to sell a number of Ivanka Trump products, including her jewelry line. ShopStyle, the global fashion search engine and shopping guide, recently removed all Ivanka Trump items from its search database. The Ivanka Trump HQ Facebook page is now flooded with comments from Trump supporters. And a call to boycott Trump wine has apparently led to a surge in sales. With this weekend's protests at the Bay, St. Jean says she hopes not to incite a backlash, but instead raise attention for her side of the debate.

February 23, 2017 10:00 UTC

Saucy Canadians send pineapple pizzas to Iceland's president after anti-fruit comments

was shocked to read about the cheeky comments from Icelandic president Guoni Johanesson, who said pineapple should be banned as a pizza topping. is sending two of his Hawaiian-style pizzas to Icelandic president Guoni Johanesson, who said pineapple should be banned as a topping. (Nathan Swinn/CBC)Abumeeiz is sending two versions of his pineapple pies. Reaction to the president's comments prompted both pineapple pizza lovers and haters to express their passion on social media. Hawaiian pizza lovers around the world launched humorous outcry to the comments, sending their own pies to Iceland.

February 23, 2017 09:56 UTC

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