Prime Minister Trudeau photographed with former VP of group on Canada’s terror list

TORONTO — A photo of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau posing with Veluppillai Thangavelu, the former vice-president of a group on Canada’s list of outlawed terrorist organizations, has underscored the pitfalls of selfie politics. Thangavelu also appeared in the background of a photo of Trudeau posted that same day on the Twitter account of the prime minister’s principal secretary, Gerald Butts. “The Prime Minister attends hundreds of events every year and meets with tens of thousands of people,” said Andrée-Lyne Hallé, a spokesperson for the prime minister. “Why can’t a citizen of Canada meet the prime minister? The then-Conservative government placed the WTM on Canada’s list of terrorist groups in 2008.

April 25, 2017 12:56 UTC

Murdered woman's Fitbit logged steps after husband said she died

Police in Connecticut have cited Fitbit records in an arrest warrant for a 40-year-old man charged with killing his wife in 2015. Richard Dabate faces murder, tampering with evidence and making a false statement charges in the fatal shooting of 39-year-old Connie Dabate on Dec. 23, 2015. Authorities say the 40-year-old Dabate told them a masked man had entered their home, shot his wife and tied him up before he burned the intruder with a torch. But the New York Daily News reports Connecticut State Police wrote in an arrest warrant that Connie Dabate's Fitbit was logging steps after the time Richard Dabate told them she was killed. His lawyer told the Hartford Courant that his client maintains his innocence.

April 25, 2017 12:56 UTC

'13 Reasons Why' criticized for messaging on teen suicide

A Netflix series centering around the suicide of a teen girl after a series of failures in her life has mental health advocates raising concerns over the message conveyed. The Distress Centre run by the Downtown Mission of Windsor often receives calls from young people considering suicide or self-harm. CEO Ron Dunn says he isn't specifically against 13 Reasons Why, but is concerned about how the series' narrative is framed. Which kind of makes it seem like it's a lot of fun, and suicide is nothing short of just tragic," said Dunn. Ron Dunn, CEO of the Downtown Mission, is concerned about the message conveyed by Netflix series "13 Reasons Why" (Jonathan Pinto/CBC)Educators and mental health professionals have expressed concern the program could glorify suicide if taken out of context.

April 25, 2017 12:56 UTC

Toronto Blue Jays’ offence continues to struggle as team clashes with umpire in loss to Los Angeles Angels

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Blue Jays continued to struggle to score runs Monday night at Angel Stadium. As has so often been the case this season, the Jays failed to generate enough offence. With confusion leading to frustration from the man at the back of the batters’ box, it was another dour night for the Jays. The play survived a replay review and the Jays’ record on challenges slipped to 2-9, mirroring their spot in the standings. The Jays are scheduled to begin that series Tuesday at Busch Stadium, but have an overnight flight ahead of them first.

April 25, 2017 12:45 UTC

Screenwriter Sherry White on crafting a love story around Maud Lewis' life

Screenwriter Sherry White on crafting a love story around Maud Lewis' lifemore stories from this episodeFull EpisodeSherry White didn't know anything about Maud Lewis growing up, but immediately fell in love with the well-known Nova Scotian folk artist upon being presented with her work. That ignited an interest for Lewis, one that led her to writing an entire film about Lewis's life. White's film is called Maudie (out now) and it stars Sally Hawkins as Maud and Ethan Hawke as Everett Lewis, her employer and, later, husband. White wasn't interested in creating a "movie-of-the-week" biopic spanning Lewis' entire life, though. Instead, White zeroed in on the love story between Maud and Everett.

April 25, 2017 12:45 UTC

Great-West Lifeco to lay off 13% of its Canadian workforce

Insurance conglomerate Great-West Lifeco plans to lay off 1,500 Canadian workers this year and next year as part of a cost-cutting plan. "Reductions will come from reducing the temporary workforce, a voluntary retirement program and eliminating positions through a severance program," the Winnipeg-based company said in a release, citing changing technology and heightened competition to justify the changes. "These are difficult but necessary decisions that we are not taking lightly," CEO Paul Mahon said. Almost a third of the job cuts, or 450 positions, will come from the company's Winnipeg headquarters, a spokesperson told CBC News. After that, Great-West says the moves announced on Tuesday will save the company about $200 million a year, before taxes.

April 25, 2017 12:28 UTC

Funeral complex with ties to Montreal Mafia target of arson

A funeral home with ties to the Mafia in Montreal's north end was the target of an arson attack early Tuesday. No one was injured in a fire that broke out at the Loreto Funeral Complex, located on Grandes-Prairies Boulevard in the borough of Saint-Leonard. Damage was minimal, but a can of gasoline was found behind the building, police said. The funeral complex is owned by members of the Rizzuto family and has been the site of several high-profile services, including for Nicolo Rizzuto, the family patriarch, and his son Vito Rizzuto, the reputed former head of the Montreal Mafia. The funeral home was also targeted by arsonists in 2011.

April 25, 2017 12:22 UTC

Taliban kill 8 police officers in attack on Afghan security checkpoints

Afghan security personnel, shown here in a April 21 file photo, arrive at an army compound in Dihdadi District of Balkh province. Eight Afghan policemen were killed Tuesday in the Takhar province after the Taliban overran three security checkpoints. As many 140 Afghan soldiers were killed on Friday by Taliban attackers apparently disguised in military uniforms in what would be the deadliest attack ever on an Afghan military base, officials said. Also Monday, a suicide bomber driving a minivan struck a checkpoint in eastern Khost province, killing at least four Afghan security guards. The Afghan military and security forces, with 195,000 soldiers and more than 150,000 policemen, have struggled in fighting the insurgency on their own.

April 25, 2017 12:11 UTC

Great-West Lifeco to cut 1,500 jobs over next two years

WINNIPEG—Great-West Lifeco says it will cut 1,500 positions over the next two years in response to changing technology and customer expectations. The cuts are equal to 13 per cent of the Winnipeg-based company’s 12,000 employees in Canada. Great-West says the job cuts are part of a transformation of its business as it faces heightened competition. The company is aiming to reduce costs by consolidating real estate, improving its processes and updating information systems. Great-West hasn’t yet revealed where or when the jobs will be cut but says it will reduce its temporary workforce, offer a voluntary retirement program and a severance program.

April 25, 2017 12:00 UTC

Police find wallet in search for woman with Alzheimer's missing since last July

Police have found a clue in their search for Helen Robertson, a 79-year-old woman with Alzheimer's who went missing from her home last July. Over the weekend, Burlington city staff found a brown leather Fossil brand wallet inside a fenced field at Norton Park near Walkers Line and Dundas Street. Robertson owned a brown leather Fossil wallet, and police believe the wallet found this weekend was hers. Police think someone discarded the wallet at the park over the weekend after finding it somewhere else. Halton police released a photograph of the wallet that was found over the weekend, believed to belong to Helen Robertson.

April 25, 2017 12:00 UTC

Woman pleads with missing dog's new owners for his return

A Manitoba woman is pleading with the person who adopted her missing dog from the City of Winnipeg's animal shelter to return the dog back home. Now when we go out to play in the yard like these past few days, she's looking for him. A stranger commented with a link to a dog that looked just like Maverick on the Winnipeg Animal Services website. She called the after-hours Animal Services line and was told to return the next day during normal business hours to identify and pick him up. She hopes the person who adopted Maverick "has a heart" and returns him.

April 25, 2017 12:00 UTC

Arkansas executes two inmates on same gurney, hours apart, in first double execution in U.S. since 2000

Jack Jones and Marcel Williams received lethal injections on the same gurney Monday night, just about three hours apart. Besides the two executions Monday, Arkansas put to death one other inmate last week and has a final one scheduled for Thursday. Before last week, Arkansas hadn’t had an execution since 2005 or a double execution since 1999. Oklahoma planned a double execution in 2014 but scrapped plans for the second one after the execution of Clayton Lockett went awry. Arkansas executed four men in an eight-day period in 1960.

April 25, 2017 12:00 UTC

Aviation officer gives his version of United flight passenger removal

The aviation officer who dragged a physician off a United Airlines flight in Chicago this month is sharing his version of events in a newly released report. The Chicago Department of Aviation on Monday released the officer's report of the incident, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by The Associated Press. Long said he then dragged Dao because Dao refused to stand up. Long and two other aviation officers were subsequently placed on leave by the aviation department. The aviation department also released its use of force policy, which was sent to all officers after the incident.

April 25, 2017 12:00 UTC

RCMP labour code trial in Moncton Mountie shootings hears from tactical expert

The Crown called an expert in tactical operations and the use of force Tuesday as its first witness at the RCMP's trial on charges it violated the Canada Labour Code in the Moncton Mountie shootings. An independent researcher was ultimately hired and recommended in 2011 that the RCMP adopt carbines, Stuart said. Adopting carbines for RCMP officers was discussed in 2006, a Moncton courtroom heard Tuesday. Failing to ensure the health and safety at work of every person employed by it, namely: RCMP members, was protected. MacNeil's 64 recommendations included expediting the deployment of patrol carbines and training, which has since been undertaken across the force.

April 25, 2017 12:00 UTC

Greg Spern out as head of Toronto Community Housing

The interim chief executive officer of Toronto Community Housing is no longer with the organization, the Star has confirmed. Greg Spearn’s departure from the top job at Canada's largest social housing provider was not voluntary, according to two sources with knowledge of the split who were not authorized to speak on the record. Spearn was not immediately available for comment on Tuesday. He had led TCH since 2014, when then-CEO Gene Jones resigned following an ombudsman’s report that detailed mismanagement at the senior executive level. Kevin Marshman, who is currently vice-chair of the board, is expected to immediately take over as interim CEO with no permanent replacement in sight.

April 25, 2017 11:48 UTC

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