news from last week


Police cruiser rammed in Kitchener parking lot

A car repeatedly rammed a police cruiser in a Kitchener parking lot and then drove off, police say. According to the OPP, it happened around 4 a.m. Thursday in the parking lot of Fairview Park Mall. An officer had been following an erratically driven car on Highway 8 when it left the highway and turned into the parking lot, with the officer following behind. “The driver of that vehicle proceeded to smash into the side of the police car,” OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said. Schmidt said the car then turnedRead More

Classroom photo from historical lesson stirs controversy

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. — A Massachusetts school district has apologized after a photo appeared to show two white children holding leashes attached to a black child. The children were wearing 17th century clothing in the photo that was taken in a third-grade classroom at an elementary school in Bridgewater. The two white children were standing while the tethered girl was kneeling on the floor. Their teacher was also shown in the photo, which has circulated on Facebook and generated complaints of racial insensitivity. Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District Superintendent Derek Swenson explainedRead More

Police, government taking action against sexual assault

In the wake of multiple allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct against well-known Quebecers this week, Montreal police have set up a telephone hotline for this wishing to make complaints. Police are urging people who believe they have been the victim of sexual assault or a similar crime to call 514-280-2079 . That line will be staffed from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday to Friday. People can also visit their local police station to file a complaint — and in case of emergency should always call 9-1-1. This weekRead More

MMIWG inquiry makes changes to accommodate more families on third day of hearings in Winnipeg

The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls made changes on the third day of hearings in Winnipeg to allow more families in Manitoba to tell their stories of loss. 120 Manitoba families have registered to give testimony to the inquiry. The inquiry said it will now travel to Norway House for statement gathering from November 7 to 9. On Wednesday, an appearance by the Bear Clan Patrol was also cancelled to allow more time for families to tell their stories. While an interim report is expectedRead More

Mark Grant freed following retrial for second degree murder in Candace Derksen’s death

Following a decision of not guilty, Cliff and Wilma Derksen emerged from court with smiles. They had just found out Mark Edward Grant, 54, would be freed.  He’s the man who was once convicted of second degree murder in their 13-year-old daughter Candace’s death. “To tell the truth there was a bit of relief,” said Wilma outside court following the decision.  “I’m hoping the Crown doesn’t appeal.  In any case, were out of here.  It’s been 33 years and this just means it’s over for us.” Following a six-week retrialRead More

Self-driving cars could ease traffic, but increase sprawl – Business

The Associated Press A new study inspired by Boston’s early experiments with self-driving cars finds that the technology could ease congestion, but might also lead to more cars on the road and further encourage urban sprawl. The report, released Tuesday by the Boston Consulting Group and the World Economic Forum, is a mostly optimistic take on how autonomous vehicles could change cities. Three companies are now testing self-driving cars in Boston’s Seaport District. One of them, NuTonomy, has also partnered with ride-hailing service Lyft to research how passengers book andRead More

NFLPA will ask for en banc rehearing of Ezekiel Elliott’s suspension case at 5th Circuit – Sharing #ABC #News Feed

The NFL players’ union has issued notice that it will request an en banc hearing — a hearing of the full panel of judges with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans — on behalf of Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. In addition, the union will request that Elliott’s six-game suspension over domestic violence allegations, which had been restored by a 2-1 vote of a 5th Circuit panel Thursday, be stayed while request for the en banc hearing is considered. The NFLPA — as confirmed on theRead More

Indigenous hunting could put reintroduced elk at risk in northern Ontario – Sudbury

Erik White Hunters and Gatherers is series looking at hunting and fishing in northern Ontario, how Indigenous rights can divide people, how some northerners find ways to share the resources and what sharing the land means for reconciliation. Northern Ontario farmers frustrated with elk eating their crops have turned to Indigenous hunters for help. They are within their traditional rights to shoot the protected animals, while the non-Indigenous farmers like David Berry are not. The horse farmer in Parkinson Township north of Iron Bridge is constantly trying to protect his hay fieldsRead More

Eco-friendly cargo ship Avontuur docks in Montreal

With its eight sails, the Avontuur is unlike any other cargo ship currently plying the world’s waters. Billed as the 21st century’s first eco-friendly cargo ship, the 43.5 metre long schooner is now docked in the Port of Montreal, having just brought over cargo from Europe. Built in Germany in 1920 and refurbished in 2016 to include solar panels and wind turbines, the ship hopes to create a “greener” and “oil free trade path” between Europe and North America. Following its first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean, the Avontuur arrivedRead More

Liquidation sales expected to start Thursday at Sears

Sears Canada Inc. says executive chairman Brandon Stranzl has resigned from its board of directors following court approval last week for the retailer to begin its liquidation sales. The company says his services are no longer required. Sears Canada has been operating under court protection from creditors since June. Stranzl had led a group that was interested in buying the retailer and turning its fortunes around. However, no deal was reached and the company was granted approval last week to begin the process to liquidate all of its inventory andRead More