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KHL undecided on player participation in the Olympics

James Ellingworth, The Associated Press Published Wednesday, December 13, 2017 9:13AM EST Last Updated Wednesday, December 13, 2017 10:05AM EST MOSCOW — The president of the Kontinental Hockey League said Wednesday he is waiting to find out how many Russians will be banned from the Pyeongchang Olympics before deciding if he will allow his players to compete in South Korea. Dmitry Chernyshenko, the head of the organizing committee for the 2014 Sochi Olympics but now president of the KHL, said “we’ll understand who’s going and who’s not going and thenRead More


Kent Hehr forced to defend himself against allegations of rudeness, again – Politics

Peter Zimonjic For the third time this month, federal cabinet minister Kent Hehr has been forced to defend himself against allegations he was rude and insensitive toward Canadians who came to him for help. Nova Scotia activist Kim Davis says that while Hehr was the veterans affairs minister, she and her husband Blair Davis met with him to discuss the challenges they were facing.  Blair, a veteran of the Canadian peacekeeping mission in Bosnia, has been diagnosed with severe and chronic post-traumatic stress disorder. Kim says she has had to quit her job toRead More


University of Regina appealing jury decision in swimming accident

The University of Regina is appealing a jury’s decision that awarded $9.1 million to Miranda Biletski in a swimming accident. Biletski was left a quadriplegic after she dove into the university’s pool and hit the bottom in June 2005. A jury found the university liable in the accident at Court of Queen’s Bench in November. Lawyers for the university have asked the judge to overturn the lawyer’s decision because the jury’s findings were “unreasonable.” Days before the case was set to close, the university’s lawyers filed a notice of appeal.Read More


Feds nominate Mario Dion as new ethics watchdog

OTTAWA –The federal government has nominated a new conflict of interest and ethics commissioner. Mario Dion, the current chair of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, is set to replace current ethics watchdog Mary Dawson. Government House Leader Bardish Chagger made the announcement in the House of Commons Monday. Dawson’s term is set to end Jan. 8, 2018. Dion is a retired lawyer from Montreal, and has chaired the Immigration Refugee Board since 2015. Prior to that, he was the public sector integrity commissioner. The position comes with aRead More


Downtown Winnipeg business owners concerned over metered parking rate hike

Some Winnipeg business owners are worried about a proposed metered parking hike. Kari England owns Toad Hall Toys, a business that’s been in the Exchange District for nearly 40 years. For her customers who driver to the store, they have to find parking and pay for it. The proposed parking hike has England concerned. “This does nothing positive. It just makes coming downtown or to the Exchange an added cost that many people will decide not to incur,” said England. The City of Winnipeg’s 2018 budget proposes a parking increaseRead More


West Edmonton restaurant damaged in late night fire

A tough fire damaged a west Edmonton restaurant late Saturday night. Firefighters responded to Roman’s Family Restaurant on 158 Street and Stony Plain Road at approximately 10:22 p.m. Upon arrival, crews found smoke coming out of the restaurant’s attic. “This was a rather stubborn fire because of the roof, the metal roof, and all the ceiling and all the structure inside to get through the doors,” District Chief Brian Myroniuk said. There was no one inside the restaurant at the time of fire, Myroniuk said. The fire is under investigation.Read More


Nadal and Muguruza win ITF player of the year awards

LONDON — Rafael Nadal and Garbine Muguruza have won the International Tennis Federation’s player of the year awards. At 31, Nadal becomes the oldest ITF men’s world champion after a season in which he won a 10th French Open and a third U.S. Open. The Spaniard also became the oldest player to finish the year at No. 1 since the ATP rankings began in 1973. Muguruza dropped only one set en route to her first Wimbledon title and finished the year at No. 2 behind Simona Halep. “Becoming ITF worldRead More


Paris landslide caused by unauthorized excavation work: officials

CTV Kitchener Published Thursday, December 7, 2017 6:08PM EST Last Updated Thursday, December 7, 2017 6:22PM EST The area around a landslide in Paris is being watched closely to ensure no additional properties are being put at risk. One house on Walnut Street was vacated earlier this week due to the landslide, which neighbours say began late last week. By Wednesday, the situation had deteriorated to the point that the County of Brant fenced off the house at 47 Walnut to keep people out of the area. A section ofRead More


Large donation to get Warming Bus back on the road

A sizeable donation by a local hospital on Thursday will help a charity staple resume its services. Boyle Street’s warming bus, a place for Edmonton’s homeless to warm up, eat and access necessities, has been parked all winter because the non-profit needed $100,000 to operate it. After a plea for donations, the Royal Alexandra Hospital donated the $61,000 Boyle Street needed to bring back their warming bus. “We recognize at the Royal Alex the importance of taking our hospital outside our brick walls,” Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation CEO Andrew OtwayRead More


Ontario auditor general critiques energy costs, sick days, government ads

TORONTO — Ontario’s auditor general released her annual report on Wednesday, shining a spotlight on energy, health care and school boards among other areas. Here are the highlights: — Nine coal and gas generators claimed as much as $260 million in ineligible expenses for items including thousands of dollars each year for raccoon traps, scuba gear, carpet cleaning and staff car washes. — The Independent Electricity System Operator has not implemented some recommendations made by the Ontario Energy Board which could have saved ratepayers millions over the past 15 years.Read More