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More than four years behind bars for man convicted in fiery fatal crash

A judge has handed down a sentence the 21-year-old man who pleaded guilty to charges he faced for his role in a fiery fatal collision. Eric Lestar was impaired, at more than twice the legal blood alcohol limit, when he got behind the wheel and sped through traffic in October 2016. He rear-ended the SUV Joann Christou, 50, was driving. The SUV burst into flames with Christou trapped inside, she was pronounced dead at the scene. On Monday, Judge Larry Anderson sentenced Lestar to four years and three months behindRead More

Motorcycle-related deaths more common during full moon, study finds – Health

Showwei Chu Motorcyclists should take extra care the next time they’re out for a drive at night during a full moon. A new study in the Christmas issue of the BMJ suggests that a full moon is associated with an increased risk of fatal motorcycle crashes. Analyzing 1975-2014 data from the official U.S. registry of motor vehicle crashes, researchers from Princeton University and the University of Toronto calculated the number of fatal motorcycle crashes on full moon nights compared with the control nights without full moons. They found an averageRead More

Location, location, location: How your health-care coverage is linked to where you live in Canada – Calgary

Rosa Marchitelli Two men, different provinces, the same life-changing surgery, yet one has to pay out of pocket and the other is covered by the public health-care system in what some call Canada’s medical “postal code lottery.” Peter Pawlik, a hearing-impaired Calgary man, is travelling to Austria to get a life-changing medical device surgically implanted that will help him hear clearly for the first time. Because the Alberta government won’t pay for the surgery, his retired parents are footing the $50,000 bill. It’s a trip they wouldn’t have to take and aRead More

Macy’s executive chairman Terry Lundgren retires from board – Sharing #ABC #News Feed

Macy’s says its executive chairman Terry Lundgren, who stepped down as CEO in March, will retire from the board. The company says Friday its board has appointed Jeff Gennette, who succeeded Lundgren in his CEO spot, to the additional role of chairman. The moves, effective Jan. 31, will complete the transition announced in June 2016. Following Lundgren’s retirement, the board will have 10 directors. Like many department stores, Macy’s has seen sales suffer as it wrestles with shoppers’ increasing shift away from clothing and more toward experiences like spas. AndRead More

3 reasons it may be premature to celebrate ISIS defeat in Iraq

Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has announced victory against ISIS, saying that the land is “completely liberated” from the radical Islamic terrorist group. Those comments set off a day of celebrations in the country, which has been fighting ISIS militants on its soil since 2014. The Iraqi government declared Sunday a national holiday. Despite the fanfare, Canada’s military approach to Iraq hasn’t changed. “Given the fluidity of the current situation, Canada’s Special Operations Task Force’s temporary suspension of the provision of assistance to various elements of Iraqi security forces willRead More

Man who killed 3 women in Ottawa Valley in 2015 has no chance of parole for 70 years

The Canadian Press Published Wednesday, December 6, 2017 2:15PM EST Last Updated Wednesday, December 6, 2017 2:20PM EST PEMBROKE, Ont. — A 60-year-old man convicted of killing three women during an hour-long rampage in the Ottawa Valley two years ago has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 70 years. Basil Borutski was convicted late last month of first-degree murder in the deaths of 36-year-old Anastasia Kuzyk and 48-year-old Nathalie Warmerdam, and of second-degree murder in slaying of Carol Culleton. Culleton was strangled with aRead More

Alleged cryptocurrency fraud by Quebec company highlights need for more regulation, experts say – Montreal

Jonathan Montpetit As Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies surged in value this fall, the top market regulator in the United States created a new unit to monitor this fast-growing but little understood corner of the financial world.  Earlier this week, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s new cyber unit filed charges for the first time. Its target: a Quebec cryptocurrency company that was promising investors returns of 1,354 per cent in 29 days or less. In court filings, the SEC alleged PlexCorps raised $15 million since August through an initial coin offering (ICO) that potentially fleeced “tens of thousands of investors.”Read More

Saskatchewan to let landlords make the rules on tenants’ use of pot

REGINA — The Saskatchewan government has introduced amendments to legislation that would allow landlords to decide on tenants’ marijuana use inside rental units. The Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2017 will give landlords the right to create rules against possessing, selling and using marijuana inside the rental property, including the growing of plants. As of July 1, it will be legal in Canada to buy and use marijuana; the federal government also says people should be allowed to grow up to four plants per household and has set the minimum ageRead More

Last man hanged in Halifax gets veteran’s burial, 8 decades later

The last man executed in Nova Scotia will now get a gravestone recognizing his military service during the First World War, more than 80 years after he was hanged for committing murder. In 1935, the Supreme Court of Canada convicted Daniel Perry Sampson of murdering brothers Bramwell and Edwin Heffernan two years earlier. The brothers were found lying on railroad tracks outside Halifax two years earlier. Autopsies later concluded they had been stabbed to death. Sampson was convicted of their murders, hanged outside the courthouse in Halifax, and buried inRead More

Transport truck carrying coal flips prompting highway closure

Published Saturday, December 2, 2017 3:22PM EST Last Updated Saturday, December 2, 2017 4:20PM EST A transport truck carrying 36,000 pounds of coal rolled over, spilling its load across the roadway and into the ditch on Saturday morning. Ontario Provincial Police responded to the single-vehicle collision on Highway 6 near Greens Road around 8:12 a.m. A 36-year-old man from Stoney Creek was travelling down the highway when his truck rolled over as it was turning at a curve in the road. Diesel fuel spilt onto the roadway and into aRead More