man who rented a dozen luxury homes and turned them into rooming houses has been ordered to pay $36,000 in restitution to the landlords within 10 days or he'll be arrested and jailed for four months. He then turned them into illegal rooming houses. A Superior Court judge has ordered the homes be restored to single-family homes and has terminated Syed's leases. The landlords say the illegal rooming houses have caused up to $1 million in damage across their 12 properties in Richmond Hill, Markham and Thornhill, all in the Greater Toronto Area. Along with the $36,000 in restitution, Edwards also ordered Syed to pay $65,000 in legal costs for the proceeding, including an overdue $15,000 payment he had been ordered to make previously.
December 03, 2020 09:00 UTC
The United Kingdom approves Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for useThe U.K. is the first Western country to approve a COVID-19 vaccine. The government insists it hasn't cut corners with Pfizer's vaccine. But being first comes with its own challenges.
December 03, 2020 03:06 UTC
Edmonton police have charged a man with second-degree murder in the death of 46-year-old Jonathan Robert Miller. Police identified Miller on Wednesday as the victim of what investigators have deemed a homicide on Nov. 20 in the city's Boyle Street neighbourhood. Paramedics attended a residence at 103rd Avenue and 95th Street around 9:30 p.m., police said in a news release Wednesday. An autopsy was completed, but police say investigators are waiting for further tests and analysis before they release the cause of Miller's death. Police previously identified the victim as a 49-year-old man.
December 03, 2020 02:37 UTC
Grewal said she started her RN application in 2015 with the College of Registered Nurses Manitoba. He worked in a tertiary care hospital and taught at a nursing college. Darlene Jackson, the union's president, said it's a shame the IENs are unable to work because of a language test. Darlene Jackson, president of the Manitoba Nurses Union, said it's a shame the IENs can't work because of a language requirement. Grewal, right, said if she can't complete her registration process in Manitoba, she's considering moving to Toronto.
December 03, 2020 02:15 UTC
The Vancouver Police Department could soon find itself in a dispute with city council. The VPD board submitted its 2021 budget proposal to the city this week, opting against a cut of one per cent requested by city staff, which would put the budget at $318.6 million. The full memo from the police board to city council can be found here. According to city documents, the overall crime rate is down in 2020, and violent crime is approximately the same as last year. In his presentation to council, Palmer cited individual types of violent crime that were up, along with neighbourhoods where violent crime was up.
December 03, 2020 01:41 UTC
Haines, Alaska has declared a state of emergency as what one expert described as a "historic" storm continues to pound the region, wreaking havoc throughout the borough. Heavy rains have washed out roads, flooded neighbourhoods, triggered mudslides that have destroyed homes and created sinkholes across town. Haines Avalanche Center director Erik Stevens said the storm began Monday night, and that what started as snowfall turned into rain that hasn't stopped since. Typically, a winter storm would hit Haines with about five centimetres of precipitation, he said, or eight centimetres in an "extreme case." As well, the road between the airport is impassable, making regular medevacs from Haines, which doesn't have a hospital, impossible.
December 03, 2020 01:07 UTC
A female cyclist is dead after she was struck by two vehicles in the west end on Wednesday night, Toronto police say. The collision happened in the area of Dufferin Street and Sylvan Avenue, north of College Street. Michael Williams, spokesperson for police, told reporters that the cyclist was heading southbound on Dufferin Street when she was clipped by a vehicle going in the same direction. She landed in a northbound lane and was hit by a northbound vehicle. Williams said there would a "significant" police presence on Dufferin Street while traffic reconstruction officers investigated.
December 03, 2020 00:23 UTC
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police is aware of — or could at least easily identify — the officers accused in some of the most egregious cases of sexual assault in the service, former Supreme Court of Canada justice Michel Bastarache told MPs tonight. His appearance before the standing committee on national security comes two weeks after he released a scathing report on sexual harassment in the RCMP. They include women who experienced sexual harassment and gender or sexual orientation-based discrimination while working for the Mounties. Former Supreme Court of Canada justice Michel Bastarache is seen outside Federal Court in Toronto on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. When the report was published late last month, RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki promised sexual harassment in the service would not be tolerated.
December 03, 2020 00:02 UTC
Two cases of COVID-19 have been found in Sipekne'katik First Nation in Nova Scotia's northern health zone. It's the first time the coronavirus has been detected on a First Nation in Atlantic Canada. Sipekne'katik is the second-largest Mi'kmaw band in Nova Scotia and has approximately 1,244 members living in the community, according to its website. Chief Sack is asking people to continue following public health protocols. (CBC)He urged that members continue to follow public health protocols by masking, sanitizing, and avoiding large gatherings and non-essential travel.
December 02, 2020 22:41 UTC
A Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge has denied bail to a man who has refused to pay child support to his ex-wife for the past seven years. Joseph Power, who owes more than $500,000 in child support payments, had been on the run since 2015 from multiple contempt of court warrants for failing to attend family court hearings. On Monday, Justice Elizabeth Jollimore denied Power's request to be released on bail pending his sentencing on Dec. 21. Angela Power, shown in this 2015 photo, says she's pleased with the decision to deny her ex-husband, Joseph Power, bail. Businessman Vrege Armoyan was sentenced to four years in prison for failing to pay $1.7 million in support to his children in 2015.
December 02, 2020 22:41 UTC
A federal source with direct knowledge of the situation says Alberta has asked the federal government and the Red Cross to supply field hospitals to help offset the strain COVID-19 is having on the health-care system. The source said Alberta would likely receive at least four field hospitals — two from the Red Cross and another two from the federal government. The official said Alberta Health Services is gathering resources and materials it may need, but there is no plan yet to staff or construct the hospitals. An official from Public Safety Canada said they have not received any requests for field hospitals from any other provinces or territories. On Nov. 27, Alberta Health Services sent a memo to staff asking them to conserve oxygen supplies as demand increases.
December 02, 2020 22:05 UTC
Around 50 people set up at the intersection of Great George and Grafton streets on Tuesday evening holding signs as part of a demonstration of support for farmers protesting in India. Organizers say they are hoping the series of planned rallies in Charlottetown will help raise awareness of those protests. Thousands of farmers in India have been protesting, requesting the government scrap three new laws they say could devastate crop prices. (Submitted by Manpreet Singh)The organizers of the Charlottetown rally said it could be devastating for farmers in India. Protesters in support of the farmers in India were at the intersection of Great George and Grafton streets.
December 02, 2020 21:56 UTC
Universities across the province have decided to extend school break for the Christmas season, pushing back the start of January classes. (Submitted by Mount Allison )The University of New Brunswick will be starting the winter term a week late, on Jan. 11. (Submitted by NBCC)Sullivan said the longer break will also allow more time to complete self-isolation for students who return home for Christmas. 'It has created uncertainty'As New Brunswick students prepare to write exams, many are waiting to see how the pandemic will play out in the days ahead. The University of New Brunswick will hold the first week of the winter semester entirely online, to accommodate self-isolating students.
December 02, 2020 21:45 UTC
PASADENA, Calif. - It was a rare sight after Los Angeles County restaurants were restricted to takeout to reduce the spread of the coronavirus: tables and chairs set up outside the Pie ‘N Burger shop in Pasadena. A divided LA County Board of Supervisors rejected a measure Nov. 24 that would have kept outdoor dining open. The Los Angeles City Council passed an urgent resolution last week asking the county to rescind the order, and Beverly Hills took similar action Tuesday. “We literally have seen COVID cases in a large percentage of businesses across the city,” Pasadena spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said. I can’t make this situation any better.”___Melley reported from Los Angeles.
December 02, 2020 21:22 UTC
It's been nearly two years since the Centre Block closed for a planned 10-year-long renovation project. Because the renovations won't be completed in time for the election after next, some MPs now serving may never sit in the renovated Centre Block Commons chamber. A worker climbs scaffolding in the chamber of the House of Commons during a tour of the Centre Block renovations Wednesday, December 2, 2020 in Ottawa. Wright also reconfirmed that the bullet holes in Centre Block — relics of the Oct. 22, 2014 attack on Parliament Hill — would remain. WATCH: A video tour of Centre Block renovations
December 02, 2020 21:19 UTC