RCMP change investigative approach to MMIW cases

The RCMP have made changes to how they investigate missing persons cases, months before a long-awaited inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls gets underway. The group provided input on the missing persons policy and intake form, but only three meetings have been held to date. Number of cases risesThe updated RCMP missing persons strategy was developed after their National Operational Overview on Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women report, published in 2014. RCMP say there are over 1,000 cases of unsolved missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. One year later, the RCMP released a second report revealing 32 more Indigenous women were killed in 2013 and 2014 within RCMP jurisdictions.

January 23, 2017 10:00 UTC

Syria government, rebel groups meet in Kazakhstan for ceasefire talks

Syria talks brokered by Russia, Turkey and Iran and aimed at bolstering a shaky ceasefire in place since last month opened on Monday in Kazakhstan, marking the first face-to-face meeting between the Damascus government representatives and rebel factions trying to overthrow it. The gathering in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, is also the start of a new effort to end Syria's six-year civil war. The UN envoy to Syria, Staffan de Mistura, is participating in the talks, which if successful, are expected to be followed by more political talks in February in Geneva. The Astana gathering is the first time Syrian government representatives are sitting down with an opposition delegation made up mainly of rebel factions. During the last round of talks in Geneva in early 2016, de Mistura was shuffling between the delegations sitting in separate rooms.

January 23, 2017 09:21 UTC

Canada's Competition Bureau reaches deal with Apple, publishers - Tech News

OTTAWA: Canada's business competition watchdog said on Friday it had reached an agreement with Apple Inc and three major e-book publishers that will allow retailers to offer discounts to customers. The Competition Bureau's investigation found that an arrangement between the publishers and Apple led to higher prices for CanadiansThe watchdog said it had entered into consent agreements with Apple, Lagardere SCA's Hachette, Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH's Macmillan and CBS Corp's Simon & Schuster that will let other retailers, including Amazon.com and Kobo, give discounts on e-books by those publishers. The Competition Bureau, however, was unable to reach an agreement with a fourth publisher involved, News Corp's HarperCollins, and filed an application to order it to halt its alleged anti-competitive practices. The US Supreme Court last year declined to hear Apple's challenge to a court decision that it conspired with five publishers to increase e-book prices.

January 23, 2017 07:06 UTC

Jonathan Toews’ late goal leads Chicago Blackhawks past Vancouver Canucks

CHICAGO — Jonathan Toews’ offensive numbers have been subpar this season, but the Chicago Blackhawks’ captain came through with a huge performance Sunday night. Toews scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:18 remaining and Chicago beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 for its third straight victory. RelatedPanik had a goal and an assist and Patrick Kane also scored for the Blackhawks, who have won seven of their last nine. Marian Hossa added an empty-netter with 24 seconds left for his 18th goal and 400th point with Chicago. The Blackhawks’ goalie was tested several times in the scoreless second, but kept Vancouver off the board.

January 23, 2017 06:18 UTC

They’re Back: Tom Brady and the New England Patriots win AFC, 36-17 against Pittsburgh Steelers

– For the seventh time this century, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are headed to the Super Bowl. On a night of 3 C weather and occasional misty drizzle at Gillette Stadium, the Patriots defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 36-17 Sunday in the AFC championship game. I had no burst anymore.”Pittsburgh fell to 0-3 against Brady and New England in AFC championship games. Brady piloted the Patriots 88 yards in eight plays, capped by LeGarrette Blount’s one-yard TD plunge. After New England made it a 33-9 game, the stadium video board showed Patriots radio announcer Scott Zolak, a former New England QB.

January 23, 2017 05:55 UTC



Toure criticises referee after Man City denied penalty - Football

(Reuters) - Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has risked angering the English Football Association by criticising referee Andre Marriner's refusal to award his team a penalty in their 2-2 Premier League draw with Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday. Walker said after the match that he was lucky not to have conceded the penalty. "We feel a little bit robbed because we dominated the game," Toure said. "The manager and the players were frustrated because we feel like we've been robbed. "If the ref looks at the highlights he is going to feel something is unfair.

January 23, 2017 05:11 UTC

British cops use a Taser on a black man they thought was a robber. He was their race-relations adviser

Still, all the advocacy and the meetings with police were ineffective in getting the 63-year-old dreadlocked man out of the predicament he was in earlier this month – staring at the business end of a police officer’s Taser. “Your sergeant is going to Taser me for whatever reason,” Adunbi says, his incredulity mixing in with a thick Caribbean accent. OK, you’re under arrest.”When he was taken to the hospital, the wire from the Taser still dangled from his face. OK, you’re under arrestStill, British authorities found that officers are more likely to use force against blacks and other minorities. Police confirmed to the newspaper that Adunbi had been “awarded compensation” after an incident with officers.

January 23, 2017 04:59 UTC

Vancouver housing 3rd most unaffordable in the world, says annual study

Vancouver ranks 3rd in the 2017 Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey, down one spot from 2016 when it was second. It's the 13th edition of the report, which links median house prices to median household incomes otherwise known as the "median multiple." A graph from the Demographia housing affordability 2017 study, showing Vancouver's run away housing prices over a 13 year period. It notes the top 10 most unaffordable cities as:China, Hong Kong, 18.1 Australia, Sydney 12.2 Canada, Vancouver, B.C. He is with the New Zealand Initiative, a think-tank focused on housing affordability.

January 23, 2017 04:43 UTC

Toronto Raptors’ funk continues with another ugly loss to Phoenix Suns

Patterson seemed like a good bet to return on Sunday against the Phoenix Suns, but instead had to miss his 10th game out of Toronto’s past 12, a dismal 115-103 loss to the Suns. Phoenix shot 51 per cent from the field, was granted continual free passage to the basket and also launched open three-pointer after open three-pointer, resulting in Toronto’s first three-game losing streak since November of 2015. The Suns also clobbered the Raptors 45-35 on the boards. DeMar DeRozan had 22 for the Raptors, but shot just 6-for-17. Surprising Phoenix has now gone 5-6 since knocking off the Raptors just prior to New Year’s Eve, exceeding expectations.

January 23, 2017 03:53 UTC

Toews' late heroics ends Canucks' comeback

Jonathan Toews' offensive numbers have been subpar this season, but the Chicago Blackhawks' captain came through with a huge performance Sunday night. Toews scored the tiebreaking goal with 1:18 remaining and Chicago beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 for its third straight victory. Toews fired the puck in before Canucks goalie Ryan Miller could move across the crease. Kane's shot from the circle hit the stick blade of the Canucks' Henrik Sedin and deflected over Miller's shoulder. Canucks fight backAfter Chicago defenceman Michal Kempny was called for holding, Stecher broke through on the Canucks' third man advantage at 5:03 of the third.

January 23, 2017 03:50 UTC

Canadian chefs take 2nd at international ice sculpture competition

took home nearly $1,600 Cdn at the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival two weeks ago. A close-up of the honeybee sitting above a flower in the centre of the ice sculpture. (Rusty Cox)Competitors had 22 hours to carve a sculpture using a 1,814-kilogram block of ice, he said. Ice carvers Rusty Cox and Steve Buzak carefully piece together their ice sculpture using water after carving out individual honeycomb pieces. For a Canada-themed competition at Lake Louise, Alta., Cox and Buzak paid tribute to one of their favourite childhood memories.

January 23, 2017 03:40 UTC

Donald Trump is no reason for Ottawa to back away from climate action: Editorial

The issue of climate change is every day becoming less and less abstract. Immediately afterwards, his administration took down the White House climate change webpage and replaced it with a vow to deregulate the oil industry. Moreover, by lending official credence to climate denialism, Trump risks spreading skepticism and thus eroding the always fragile political will to act. Trump aside, a global consensus is emerging that the costs of inaction on climate change far outweigh those of the fight against it. “We need to manage the transition off of our dependence on fossil fuels,” he said in Peterborough, Ont.

January 23, 2017 03:28 UTC

Russia expected to move closer to decriminalizing domestic violence

Data on domestic violence in Russia are obscure, but Interior Ministry statistics show that 40 per cent of all violent crimes in Russia are committed in family surroundings. In 2013, more than 9,000 women were reported to have been killed in incidents of domestic violence. Article Continued BelowUltra-conservative lawmaker Yelena Mizulina, who also authored Russia’s “gay propaganda” ban, then introduced the bill to decriminalize domestic violence. The Moscow-based Anna Center foundation, which runs Russia’s only domestic violence hotline, received more than 5,000 calls last year. Activist Popova is not surprised: discussing domestic violence still is taboo in Russia.

January 23, 2017 03:27 UTC

Battery design and manufacturing problems caused Note 7 fires, Samsung says

SEOUL—Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday that problems with the design and manufacturing of batteries in its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones caused them to overheat and burst into fire. The announcement results from the company’s investigation into one of its worst product fiascos comes three months after the flagship phone was discontinued. Seven-hundred researchers and engineers tested more than 200,000 devices and more than 30,000 batteries and replicated what happened with the Note 7 phones, the world’s biggest smartphone maker said in a statement. Samsung said it was “taking responsibility for our failure to ultimately identify and verify the issues arising out of the battery design and manufacturing process.”The company recalled 2.5 million Note 7 phones in September after reports they were overheating and catching fire. It blamed lithium batteries from a supplier.

January 23, 2017 03:09 UTC

First responders call for national strategy and increased funding to tackle PTSD crisis

RelatedScott Bardsley, a spokesman for Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, said the government is working on a plan to address post-traumatic stress injuries. “We promised Canadians renewed federal leadership on post-traumatic stress injuries,” he said in a statement, adding the government will formally respond to Doherty’s bill at second reading. A national strategy should also include increased funding for psychological care, said Vince Savoia, the founder of the Tema Conter Memorial Trust. Since 2014, 183 Canadian public safety and military personnel have died by suicide, according to statistics kept by the organization. One reason some first responders want a federal framework is because workers’ compensation legislation is inconsistent between provinces.

January 23, 2017 03:05 UTC



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