this week’s news headlines


Trudeau tributes slain soldier for Parliament Hill attack’s third anniversary

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau marked the third anniversary of the terrorist attack at the National War Memorial by calling on Canadians to pay tribute to the soldier who was killed. Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was shot while standing guard at the memorial, during a day of terror at Parliament Hill in 2014 that ended with a masked gunmen being shot and killed. In a statement issued Sunday, Trudeau also called on Canadians to honour the bravery of first responders during the attack. He also honoured Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, who wasRead More

NFL scores: Patriots hammer Falcons in Super Bowl rematch

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes and the New England Patriots toyed with the Atlanta Falcons – sound familiar? – 23-7 in a fog-filled Super Bowl rematch Sunday night that wasn’t particularly super. New England scored the final 31 points to win the NFL championship in February. Placards and shirts reading 28-3 were ever-present in and around Gillette Stadium as the Patriots (5-2) scored the first 23 points in this prime-time mismatch. The Falcons (3-3), who led New England by that 25-point margin in the third quarterRead More

38 accuse writer and director James Toback of sexual harassment

Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Published Sunday, October 22, 2017 10:56PM EDT LOS ANGELES — Writer and director James Toback, who received an Oscar nomination for writing “Bugsy,” has been accused of sexual harassment by 38 women in a report published Sunday in The Los Angeles Times. In the report, many of the women allege that Toback approached them on the streets of New York City and promised stardom. His meetings would often end with sexual questions and Toback masturbating in front of them or dry-humping them, according to theRead More

International students won’t face immigration penalties over college strike: officials

Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press Published Sunday, October 22, 2017 12:13PM EDT Tens of thousands of international students affected by a faculty strike at Ontario colleges are being reassured by immigration officials that they won’t be penalized for a delay that is beyond their control. But some international students say the work stoppage, which began last Monday, has them worrying about finances as well as their education and immigration status. “It is very stressful,” said Noble Thomas, 24, a human resources management student at Confederation College in Thunder Bay, Ont.Read More

‘Madea Halloween’ sequel takes No. 1, ‘Geostorm’ flops

Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Published Sunday, October 22, 2017 1:06PM EDT Last Updated Sunday, October 22, 2017 2:16PM EDT LOS ANGELES — It was a spooky weekend at the box office for nearly everyone but Tyler Perry. Perry’s comedy sequel “Boo 2! A Madea Halloween” scared up a healthy $21.7 million in its first weekend in theatres, but the waters were rough for other new openers including the disaster epic “Geostorm,” the firefighter drama “Only the Brave” and the crime thriller “The Snowman.” Made for a reported $35 million,Read More

Leaking propane tank found after evening garage fire

The Saskatoon Fire Department received a 911 call at around 9:30 p.m. of a structure fire at 1829 Avenue E North. When crews arrived they found smoke and flames from the rear of the garage. Firefighters attacked the fire from the outside of the garage and had the fire under control in 15 minutes. A large propane tank leaking gas was removed from the area. There were no injuries. Damage is estimated at $3,000. A fire investigator was called to the scene and the fire was determined to be incendiary.Read More

Report: Gunman holding hostages at U.K. bowling alley

The Associated Press Published Sunday, October 22, 2017 11:58AM EDT Last Updated Sunday, October 22, 2017 12:37PM EDT LONDON — Police in central England warned the public to stay away from a shopping centre where British media reports said a man with a shotgun has taken hostages at a bowling alley Sunday. The Warwickshire Police department said on Twitter that its officers were dealing Sunday afternoon with an “ongoing incident” at Bermuda Park in Nuneaton, near the city of Birmingham. It did not provide details about the nature of theRead More

Man considered ‘risk to public safety’ wanted by OPP

Renfrew County OPP say they’re looking for an Ottawa man who is wanted for breaching his bail conditions. Police say they have obtained an arrest warrant for 47-year-old Michael Phillip Vitello (pictured), on three counts of breach of recognizance. He has not been seen since October 12, 2017 and was last seen in Ottawa. He was originally charged with conspiracy to commit murder, among other charges. Vitello is known to frequent Ottawa, Arnprior, and Renfrew. He may be driving a black 2015 Ford F-250 pickup truck, with a dump-type trailer,Read More

Quebec municipalities call religious neutrality law “untenable”

The Union of Quebec Municipalities came out against the controversial Bill 62 on religious neutrality on Friday, saying it will be impossible to implement in municipal services. “The Union believes that, given the nature and the great diversity of municipal services, the implementation of this will create many discomforts and problems instead of fostering living together,” the union said in a statement. President Bernard Sevigny said better solutions must be found for integrating immigrants and for managing diversity. He noted municipalities provide many public services for those purposes, including recreational,Read More

Father, son injured fighting Saskatchewan fire remain in hospital

A father and son injured fighting a fire on their land near Gull Lake, Sask., are still in a Calgary hospital’s intensive care unit, according to family. Ron Wedrick and his son Evan, who suffered severe burns battling a fire during Tuesday’s windstorm in Saskatchewan and Alberta, are receiving treatment at Foothills Medical Centre from a team of burn-treatment specialists, a statement from the family reads. The two, ages 43 and 25, were first taken to hospitals in Maple Creek, Sask., and then Medicine Hat, Alta., before they were airliftedRead More