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Stratford man obtains naked photos of women for extortion purposes: police

Following an 18 month investigation, Stratford police have arrested a 22-year-old resident of the city for allegedly extorting over a dozen women for sexual purposes. The suspect would use fake Instagram and Snapchat accounts to lure women and convince them to send naked photographs of themselves promising large amounts of cash. After receiving the pictures, the suspect would not pay the women. He would then threaten to send the pictures to friends and family members. Police say victims are scattered across the province The suspect faces 35 criminal charges, includingRead More


Lawyers face off in Calgary court over legal action launched by NHL linesman

Lawyers for Dennis Wideman, Don Henderson and the Calgary Flames squared off in court on Tuesday almost two years after the Calgary Flames defenceman knocked the linesman down during a game against Nashville at the Saddledome. Henderson says he hasn’t been able to work since that day and he is suing Wideman, the Flames and the NHL for $10.25 million. The NHL says the matter should be dealt with by the league and not by a judge. The league says that Henderson is an official and Wideman is a playerRead More


Name suggestions needed for downtown Barrie theatre

The public can now submit name suggestions for the former Mady Centre for the Performing Arts. Barrie city councillors gave initial approval to give Pratt Homes the naming rights on Monday night at general committee. The developer is now moving forward with a contest to rename the theatre. Pratt Homes has launched a website where people can enter their name suggestions. All anyone has to do is type in a name and the reason behind it. Pratt will take a select number of submissions back to the city for aRead More


Feds have reached a deal with provinces on pot tax

CTVNews.ca Staff Published Monday, December 11, 2017 1:47PM EST Last Updated Monday, December 11, 2017 1:48PM EST OTTAWA – The federal government has reached a deal with the provinces and territories on the revenue sharing of the legalized marijuana excise tax, CTV News has learned. It is expected it will soon be announced that the provinces and territories will get somewhere between 70 and 80 per cent of the revenue, up from the initial federal offer to split the money 50-50. Finance Minister Bill Morneau is meeting with his provincialRead More


Ex-contractor says he shut Trump’s Twitter account by accident – World

Douglas Busvine The contractor who shut down Donald Trump’s Twitter account has told Reuters he did so by mistake, but says he believes some of the U.S. president’s recent tweets breach the social network’s ban on hate speech.  Bahtiyar Duysak, 28, said he clicked “a few wrong things which I shouldn’t have done” on Nov. 2, his last day at Twitter, causing Trump’s @realDonaldTrump account — which has 44 million followers — to be taken offline for 11 minutes.  At the time, Twitter blamed a customer support employee on their last day at work and hasRead More


The changing face of terminal cancer, thanks to immunotherapy drugs

Ask any cancer specialist practicing today, and he or she will likely have a recent story of a patient who was given a terminal diagnosis but who is still alive and doing much better than expected, all thanks to a new generation of drugs. Immunotherapy medications are helping those with advanced cancer to defy the survival odds by re-training their immune systems to fight the cancer and stop their illness from worsening. Anne-Marie Cerato is one of those patients. Eight years ago, she noticed an odd lump on her collarbone.Read More


Final day for voters to cast advance ballots in Calgary-Lougheed byelection

Time is running out for voters in the southwest riding of Calgary-Lougheed to cast their advance ballots in the upcoming byelection later this month. UCP leader Jason Kenney is running for his seat in the legislature after longtime MLA Dave Rodney stepped down in November. The leader of the Liberal Party, David Khan, is also running in the byelection alongside four other candidates. A candidate forum is scheduled at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Braeside Community Centre. The advance polls close at 8:00 p.m. and Election Day is onRead More


14 high-profile police-related deaths of U.S. blacks – World

The Associated Press A white former police officer in South Carolina was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday for shooting an unarmed black motorist to death in 2015. Former North Charleston officer Michael Slager pleaded guilty to violating Walter Scott’s civil rights when he shot him five times in the back. A state murder charge, which resulted in a hung jury in 2016, was dropped as part of the plea deal. Stunning cellphone video of the shooting helped jump start the Black Lives Matter movement. Some civil rights leadersRead More


‘It hurts’: 74-year-old widower loses everything in California wildfire

The raging Southern California wildfire has left a 74-year-old widower with nowhere to go, after his home and all of his possessions were destroyed in the ferocious blaze. The Ventura County home Ansen Roberts had lived in since 1961 burned down to the ground. He had so little time to escape the flames that he didn’t even take his wallet with him. Roberts’ cats – his only companions since his wife’s death a few years ago – also perished in the fire. “I don’t know what I’m going to doRead More


Teen pleads guilty in 2015 death of 11-year-old Teresa Robinson

The Canadian Press Published Thursday, December 7, 2017 1:48PM CST Last Updated Thursday, December 7, 2017 1:49PM CST WINNIPEG — A Manitoba teen has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the killing of an 11-year-old girl on a northern Manitoba First Nation. Teresa Robinson’s remains were found on the Garden Hill First Nation, a fly-in community about 500 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg, in 2015. It was initially believed that the girl was killed by a bear. A 15-year-old boy was charged last year after RCMP took the unusual step ofRead More