Journalist and broadcast executive Trina McQueen — a trailblazer who was one of the most powerful women in Canadian TV — has been inducted into the CBC News Hall of Fame. Speakers included CTV News president Wendy Freeman, CBC News editor in chief Jennifer McGuire, CBC executive vice-president of English services Heather Conway and McQueen herself. McQueen said the CBC News Hall of Fame award "comes close to the Order of Canada for me." (CBC)Other Hall of Fame inducteesThe CBC News Hall of Fame was established four years ago to honour individuals who have "demonstrated a lasting impact on the CBC and Canadian journalism." Joe Schlesinger, a former CBC foreign correspondent, was inducted into the CBC News Hall of Fame in 2016.
June 15, 2018 21:56 UTC
A new report says the Halifax Regional Municipality will have to hire eight additional bylaw officers to enforce new municipal cannabis rules. The HRM report cites concerns about the associated smell. They also recommend banning smoking cannabis on all municipal property and prohibiting private retail sales and cannabis-consumption venues. HRM planners are still working on amendments to regulate the locations of any facilities for producing cannabis. HRM staff recommend fines ranging from $25 to $2,000 for breaking the smoking rules and from $1,000 to $10,000 for growing cannabis outdoors.
June 15, 2018 21:45 UTC
We lost $500 billion in trade deficits last year.”The U.S. has never had a $800 billion trade deficit. The U.S. had a $337 billion trade deficit with China last year. The U.S. had a $102 billion trade deficit with the European Union last year. That’s Democrats wanting to do that.” And: “That’s the law. That’s their law … that’s the Democrats’ law.” And: “The Democrats forced that law upon our nation.
June 15, 2018 21:33 UTC
The founder of Zero Gun Violence movement says some playgrounds are staying empty because parents are afraid to let their kids out and about. The approach was to generate a risk-based response, targeting areas previously known for gun violence, and to increase cooperation with communities among other things. There has been a “relaxation” of gun control over the years, which has led to an “explosion of legally owned guns” in the country, she said. Many European countries have established tighter laws on gun control, and it has led to a significant drop in gun crimes, Cukier said. “Gun violence is like cancer; there’s no one solution,” she said.
June 15, 2018 21:22 UTC
Entertainment reporter Raju Mudhar talks about the hits, the misses and inevitable ending after a weekend at E3. It’s a great thing to feel like there are too many good games to look forward to. All quiet on the VR front E3 is a big show for console games. Next year might be even betterPeople watching The Last of Us Part II shown at E3 in Los Angeles on June 12. For more on E3 and other videogame news, visit thestar.com/gaming
June 15, 2018 21:22 UTC
Five Ottawa drag queens say they still haven't been paid for a performance they gave at a Tulip Festival after-party last month. - Kiki Coe, drag performerThey were promised $100 each, but said they haven't seen a dime. It's about respect, the word that you told us you would pay us," said Kiki Coe, 30. 'We don't like our name to be dragged this way,' said Michel Gauthier, executive director of the Canadian Tulip Festival. (Stu Mills/CBC)Klovan issues threatThe drag queens have taken to Facebook to air their grievances.
June 15, 2018 21:22 UTC
WASHINGTON — A Justice Department watchdog report has turned into Washington’s latest Rorschach test, with President Donald Trump and his critics each cherry picking what they want to see from its findings to either discredit or defend investigators conducting the probe into the White House. The IG report yesterday went a long way to show that,’ Trump said on the White House North Lawn. Rep. Mark Meadows, a North Carolina Republican, said he thinks the report may exonerate Trump even though it passes no judgment on his guilt or innocence. But the report also noted that Strzok was not the sole decision-maker and that he and Page sometimes advocated for more aggressive investigative steps than others in the Clinton investigation. But others, though critical of Comey, believed the report actually helps fortify the Department of Justice against Trump’s attacks.
June 15, 2018 21:11 UTC
A review of how Toronto police conduct missing persons investigations must examine how officers probed the disappearances of men now believed to be victims of Bruce McArthur, a working group has concluded. Shakir Rahim is a member of the working group that recommended terms of reference for an external review of how Toronto police handle missing persons investigations. But the working group, which includes police board member Ken Jeffers and three community members, said the review must nonetheless look at how police investigated those disappearances before the alleged serial killer came onto their radar. The working group recommends the review examine two other cases that prompted criticism of the police investigations. Chief Mark Saunders also commissioned an internal review into how the service conducts missing persons investigations.
June 15, 2018 21:11 UTC
Transport Canada says a substance that fell from the sky and onto vehicles and people in two British Columbia communities was not human feces from aircraft, but one woman believes the foul-smelling material that landed in her eyes had to be excrement. The department said Friday that it investigated 18 incidents reported in recent weeks by people who alleged frozen lavatory waste, called "blue ice," fell from planes in Kelowna and Abbotsford. "The department's review has concluded that these incidents do not meet the description of blue ice and are therefore not aviation related." Susan Allan, 53, said she can't believe the smelly bluish-grey substance that fell into her eyes from the open sunroof of her car on May 9 wasn't human excrement. "I know what happened to us and I'm not going to give up until somebody does something," Allan said, crying, adding she has contacted Transport Canada to say she disagrees with its findings.
June 15, 2018 20:07 UTC
Even when the pain in her spine made it hard to breathe, Marwa Harb continued to walk to school. It wasn’t until the Harb family came to Canada two years ago that they could put a name to it: muscular dystrophy. (Dave Irish/CBC)Eighteen-month-old Mias looks out the window of the family's apartment as his mother, Jawaher Aljanadi, looks on. (Submitted by Mohammad Harb)Mohammad holds up his family's identification card from the Zaatari refugee camp. (Emma Smith/CBC)Mohammad holds up his family's identification card from the Zaatari refugee camp.
June 15, 2018 20:03 UTC
Trinity Western University says it is disappointed with a Supreme Court verdict that law societies in B.C. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled on Friday to limit the school's religious rights in order to ensure open access for LGBT students, following a lengthy court battle. In 2014, law societies in three provinces, including B.C., refused to license graduates from TWU's law program because of the university's community covenant, arguing it was discriminatory against the LGBT community. 'Discriminatory practices'He pointed out that TWU hasn't been told to change its code of conduct — just that law societies don't have to support the school's policies. "Neither the law society nor the Supreme Court of Canada are telling Trinity Western University what policies they must maintain," Mulligan said.
June 15, 2018 18:17 UTC
Canadian soccer fans descended on bars and restaurants across the country as a full slate of World Cup matches got underway Friday. He believes Portugal will rebound from a poor showing at the 2014 World Cup where they failed to advance past the group stage. “EuroCup was big … and the last World Cup was four years ago and it was bonkers,” he said. “We have a lot of regulars that have been loyal soccer fans for a very long time.”No matter who’s on the screens, there’ll be a buzz in the air, she said. It’s a really good time.”Host Russia beat Saudi Arabia 5-0 Thursday in the World Cup opener and earlier on Friday Uruguay beat Egypt 1-0, while Iran beat Morocco 1-0.
June 15, 2018 07:52 UTC
Happy birthday, Mr. President. Chrissy Teigen and John Legend announced a hefty donation to the American Civil Liberties Union on U.S. President Donald Trump’s birthday. Teigen tweeted “in order to make Trump’s Birthday Great Again,” each member of her family donated $72,000 to the ACLU, bringing the total donation to $288,000 for the couple and their two young children. Article Continued BelowSo, “in order to make Trump’s Birthday Great Again,” each member of her family has donated $72,000 to the ACLU, bringing the total donation to $288,000 for the couple and their two young children, Luna and Miles. On Twitter, followers posted images of confirmation e-mails from the ACLU after they selected the specially marked “$72” donation bubble on the site.
June 15, 2018 04:35 UTC
CHICAGO—Entrepreneur Elon Musk said Thursday a high-speed transportation system that will whisk people between downtown Chicago and O’Hare International Airport at speeds of up to 240 km/h could be operational in about three years. Musk joined Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to formally announce that a Musk-owned enterprise, The Boring Company, was selected for the project and will fully fund it. A company founded by Tesla CEO Elon Musk plans to build a high-speed underground transportation system that could whisk passengers from downtown Chicago to O’Hare International Airport in minutes. The Boring Company has been selected to build a high-speed underground transportation system that it says will whisk passengers from downtown Chicago to O'Hare International Airport in mere minutes. Musk’s flagship electric car company Tesla Inc. struggled last year to turn an annual profit for the first time in its 15 years of doing business.
June 15, 2018 03:22 UTC
A Downtown Eastside daycare is following through on plans to shut down despite hopes from parents — and the B.C. The Phil Bouvier Centre — a daycare for Indigenous children run by the Vancouver Native Health Society — has sent termination letters to staff indicating its intentions to close by July 31, according to documents obtained by CBC News. The move has sent some parents in a panic, and comes just months after federal-provincial funding of $153 million for B.C. The Vancouver Native Health Society plans to run a drop-in centre instead of a daycare. "Vancouver Native Health Society clearly doesn't want to run the daycare, so lets find another operator — and move fast," said Giannoulis.
June 15, 2018 03:11 UTC