Japan votes for lower house; PM Abe’s party seen headed for win

TOKYO — Japanese are voting in a general election that will most likely hand Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling coalition a majority in parliament. Up for grabs Sunday are 465 seats in the more powerful lower house, which chooses the prime minister. Abe dissolved the chamber less than a month ago, apparently judging that the political environment turned in his favour. Media polls have indicated voters see Abe’s government, despite recent scandals including his own, as a safer choice over an opposition with uncertain track records. Scare over North Korea’sRead More

Suspect in cell phone theft identified, arrest warrant issued

Edmonton police said the suspect at the centre of a theft investigation had been identified, and an arrest warrant had been issued. Police said Friday that Jasper Halfe, 19, is wanted on warrants for theft, breach of probation and breach of recognizance in connection to the theft of a woman’s cell phone on October 4. That day, at about 7 a.m., a woman who was waiting for a DATS bus in the area of 16 Avenue and 48 Street when she was approached by the suspect, who asked to borrowRead More

Saskatoon woman with kidney disease calls for more Canadian organ donors

Monica Goulet is calling for more Canadian organ donors, after her own experience waiting for a kidney transplant. Goulet has been on the waitlist for more than two years. “There’s a shortage of donors so one of the things I would really like to see happen is something called presumed consent,” Goulet said, who spoke at the annual Kidney Foundation of Canada gala. Currently, adults who want to be organ donors have to opt-in to donate on their health card. “What I’d like to see is that be mandatory. AndRead More

Ottawa Police issue warrant for Toronto man in connection with Caldwell Ave. homicide

Ted Raymond, Newstalk 580 CFRA Published Friday, October 20, 2017 6:29PM EDT Last Updated Friday, October 20, 2017 6:37PM EDT Ottawa Police have issued a warrant for a Toronto man in connection with the shooting death of an Ottawa man last month. Hamzeh Serhan was shot and killed in broad daylight on Caldwell Avenue on September 20, 2017. Ottawa Police say they’re now looking for information on the whereabouts of 20-year-old Farah Handule (pictured). He is described as 6’1″ (185cm), 150 lbs (68 kg) with a dark complexion. Handule isRead More

Three charged in shooting after white nationalist’s Florida speech

(Reuters) – A Texas man who shot at protesters after a white nationalist’s speech at the University of Florida and two brothers who urged him to “kill them” have been charged with attempted homicide, police said on Friday. No one was injured in the shooting incident, which occurred on Thursday near the campus in Gainesville where hundreds of people protested Richard Spencer’s speech amid a heavy police presence and a preemptive state of emergency declaration by the governor. Gainesville police said Tyler Tenbrink, 28, and William and Colton Fears, 30Read More

Kenneth Chenault to step down as AmEx CEO after nearly 17 years

(Reuters) – American Express Co said its chairman and chief executive Kenneth Chenault would step down early next year, ending a nearly 17-year tenure at the helm of the No. 1 U.S. card issuer by spending. Chenault, 66, will be succeeded by Vice Chairman Stephen Squeri, 58, effective Feb. 1, the company said on Wednesday. Squeri, a 32-year company veteran, served as group president of global corporate services before taking over as vice chairman in July 2015. American Express shares were barely down at $91.70 in after-hours trading. Chenault, whoRead More

High hydro rates contributing to manufacturing decline: report

High hydro rates are forcing Ontario’s manufacturing sector into a dark corner, according to a new report. The Fraser Institute says Ontario lost more than 116,000 manufacturing jobs between 2008 and 2015. The report says that 64 per cent of that decline can be attributed to higher electricity prices. John Bamford, owner of Stainless Outfitters, makes steel pieces for boats, range hoods, and even the signature hockey sticks on the side of the Barrie Molson Centre. He says the high cost of hydro is hurting his bottom line. “It affectsRead More

Magnitsky human rights law, protections for journalists’ sources get royal assent – Politics

Brennan MacDonald Two private member’s bills, one protecting journalists’ sources and another that allows Canada to get tough on human rights abusers, received royal assent Wednesday.  One of those laws is the so-called Magnitsky Act, the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act or Bill S-226. It allows the Canadian government to impose sanctions and travel bans on foreign officials responsible for gross human rights violations. “Canada has a strong reputation around the world as a country that holds clear and cherished democratic values and stands up for human rights,” Minister of ForeignRead More

Full Downie family statement following Tragically Hip frontman’s death

The Canadian Press Published Wednesday, October 18, 2017 9:07AM EDT Last Updated Wednesday, October 18, 2017 9:10AM EDT The full statement released by Gord Downie’s family following the Tragically Hip frontman’s death Tuesday night: Last night Gord quietly passed away with his beloved children and family close by. Gord knew this day was coming — his response was to spend this precious time as he always had — making music, making memories and expressing deep gratitude to his family and friends for a life well lived, often sealing it withRead More

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