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Man faces child pornography charge after search of Bedford business

A 50-year-old man has been charged with possessing child pornography after a search of a Bedford business last week. Police say they began investigating on Dec. 7 after receiving a tip regarding child pornography. Officers searched a business on the 1500 block of the Bedford Highway the next day, where electronic devices were seized. Geoffrey Puxon Barnes was arrested at the scene without incident, according to police. Officers also searched a home in the 2500 block of Beech Street in Halifax, but no items were seized. Barnes is scheduled toRead More

New Brunswick to seek new fuel source to replace coal in major power plant

Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press Published Wednesday, December 13, 2017 12:12PM EST FREDERICTON — New Brunswick’s Crown-owned power utility will spend up to $7 million to find a new fuel source for its Belledune coal-fired generating station — with the aim of eliminating coal by 2030. Energy and Resource Development Minister Rick Doucet said NB Power will look at alternatives such as hydrogen, biomass and natural gas. “We all owe it to our future generations, our children, and our grandchildren to prevent the worst impacts of climate change from occurring,”Read More

Cochrane clinic collects donations for Canadian Animal Blood Bank

A veterinary clinic in Cochrane is doing its part to boost the country’s supply of animal blood and held a collection clinic at its facility on Sunday. There is a higher demand for blood products for pets over the holidays and The Canadian Animal Blood Bank supplies vet clinics across the country. The organization provides blood for pets that require a transfusion as part of their care and depends on donations from Canadian animal clinics to meet demand. Cochrane’s Arrowhead Veterinary Centre hosted its second donor clinic on Sunday andRead More

WWE wrestler Rich Swann arrested on battery charges involving wife

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Wrestler Rich Swann is being held without bail in a Florida jail after he was arrested and charged with battery and false imprisonment. Swann, who is 26 and a former WWE cruiserweight champion, was arrested Saturday. According to Gainesville Police, Swann was arguing with his wife, who is also a wrestler. His wife — whose name is Vannarah Riggs but goes by Su Yung — had wrestled earlier. A police report said Swann criticized her performance and the pair began arguing. A witness told police that RiggsRead More

Mother of girl who died in canoe mishap vows to make Christmas special in Churchill

The mother of a five-year-old girl who died canoeing is part of a growing effort to make Christmas in Churchill a very special one this year. In May, flooding washed out parts of the railway track, the only ground transportation to the northern town. Since then food prices have soared and some store shelves have been left bare. More than l,000 kilometers south in the Rural Municipality of Rosser near Winnipeg Toni DeLaroque is working to solve that problem with a food drive. Saturday DeLaroque and volunteers gathered in herRead More

Winter travel advisory along Lake Ontario and Highway 401 today

CTV Ottawa Published Friday, December 8, 2017 5:13AM EST Last Updated Friday, December 8, 2017 5:17AM EST A travel advisory is in effect for communities along the Seaway and Lake Ontario including Canada’s busiest highway . As we prepare for a weekend of travel, Environment Canada says bands of lake effect snow over Lake Ontario are shifting northward and will affect areas around Belleville to Prescott today. Officials say possible bursts of heavy snow is expected and can reduce visibility and quick accumulations. Local snowfall amounts of 5 to 10Read More

RCMP responding to multiple collisions near Maidstone

Maidstone RCMP are currently on the scene of multiple collisions in the Maidstone and Lloydminster area. According to RCMP, Highways 16, 21 and 303 have icy conditions, and several vehicles are in the ditch around the town of Marshall. RCMP are also responding to a single vehicle collision involving a semi and a tanker trailer on Highway 21, one kilometre north of the Highway 303 junction. At this time, the highway is blocked and officials don’t know when the road will be reopened. Currently, there is no detour in place.Read More

French singer Johnny Hallyday dies at 74 after battle with cancer

PARIS (Reuters) – Johnny Hallyday, a singer known as the “French Elvis” who helped popularize rock ‘n roll in his country, has died at 74 after a battle with cancer, the office of the French president said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: French singer Johnny Hallyday attends a ceremony at Place de la Republique square to pay tribute to the victims of last year’s shooting at the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, in Paris, France, January 10, 2016. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File Photo “For more than 50 years, he was a vibrant icon,”Read More

Spotify says Ed Sheeran is most streamed artist of the year

NEW YORK – The Grammys may have dissed Ed Sheeran, but Spotify says he is the most streamed artist of the year. The streaming service announced Tuesday that Sheeran tops its 2017 list with 6.3 billion streams. He also has Spotify’s biggest album of the year with “Divide,” streamed 3.1 billion times, and the top song with “Shape of You,” logging 1.4 billion streams. Sheeran received two Grammy nominations last week, but was shut out of the major categories, including album, song and record of the year. No female actsRead More

Funeral chain creates program to underscore the dangers of fentanyl

A funeral services chain in British Columbia is developing a program it hopes will cut the number of drug deaths related to fentanyl among children and young adults. Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services has created a fentanyl prevention program after a funeral home in the chain reported serving four to five families every month who had lost a loved one to an overdose in Metro Vancouver. The owner of the chain, Tyrel Burton, says the company felt it could no longer tolerate those numbers and unlike other programs focusing onRead More