today’s news headlines in english


Fire at Lawrence Heights building claims life of third family member

Kayla Goodfield, CTV News Toronto Published Wednesday, December 13, 2017 6:18PM EST A 16-year-old boy is the third family member to die after a fire at an apartment building in the Lawrence Heights area last week, a family member confirmed to CP24. The blaze broke out at a Toronto Community Housing building in the area of Flemington and Allen roads at around 9:40 p.m. on Dec. 4. Upon arrival at the scene, firefighters made a forcible entrance into a unit on the first floor of the three-storey apartment building. ThreeRead More

Transport Canada reports recall of Hyundai Elantras to fix problem braking system

OTTAWA — Transport Canada says Hyundai is recalling 103,556 Elantra cars from the 2013-2014 model years to fix a problem with the braking system. On some vehicles, the rear stop lamps could remain on continuously when the brake pedal is released. Transport Canada says the problem could provide false information to drivers following the affected Elantras. Additionally, it could result in the ability to move the shift lever without depressing the brake pedal, which could result in unintended vehicle movement. The problem has been traced to a brake pedal stopperRead More

New Brunswickers won’t pay a direct carbon tax: government

The New Brunswick government says the goal to combat climate change can be achieved without a direct tax to the consumer. “We’re going to take a part of gas and fuel taxes and we’re going to invest that money into programs and initiatives toward combating climate change,” says New Brunswick Environment Minister Serge Rouselle. The official opposition, which is against a carbon tax of any kind, is calling the Liberal plan a deflection that will eventually impact the taxpayer “Going into an election year they don’t want to face aRead More

Wynne says marijuana revenue deal with feds means money for municipalities

Shawn Jeffords, The Canadian Press Published Tuesday, December 12, 2017 6:38PM EST TORONTO — Municipalities can begin discussions with Ontario over costs associated with legalized marijuana in light of a new tax revenue-sharing agreement between the provinces and federal government, Premier Kathleen Wynne said Tuesday. Wynne’s comments come after Ottawa agreed Monday to give provinces and territories a 75 per cent share of federal excise tax revenues from the sale of legalized pot. The remaining 25 per cent — to a maximum of $100 million a year — will stayRead 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

Free Christmas Trees being offered by Nature Conservancy of Canada

A number of people in the Saskatoon area ventured to a lot northeast of the city on Saturday, chopping down a Christmas tree – for free – while doing nature a favour at the same time. Christina Tollett took advantage of a call from the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Tollett, who makes a point of buyinga natural tree each year, made the drive to Alvenato help cut down a speciesconsideredinvasive to the area. “We thought it was a great way to get involved in the community, and it’s also aRead More

Donald Trump visits civil rights museum amid protest – World

The Associated Press U.S. President Donald Trump has drawn strong criticism for his appearance Saturday at the opening of a museum dedicated to Mississippi’s history and its role in the civil rights movement. About 50 protesters gathered Saturday outside the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the adjoining Museum of Mississippi History, while the U.S. president was given a tour, before delivering a speech. Some black leaders, including civil rights leader and Georgia congressman John Lewis, boycotted the event, saying Trump has sown racial division instead of racial harmony. U.S. PresidentRead 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

Ireland says yet to agree exact date for Apple to start transferring tax funds

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland expects Apple to start paying up to 13 billion euros ($15.36 billion) in back taxes into an escrow account once it is set up at the end of January, but an exact date has yet to be agreed. FILE PHOTO: The Apple logo is pictured inside the newly opened Omotesando Apple store at a shopping district in Tokyo June 26, 2014. REUTERS/Yuya Shino/File Photo More than a year after the European Union ordered that the tax be collected following its ruling that the iPhone maker receivedRead More

One displaced after Centretown apartment fire

Ted Raymond, Newstalk 580 CFRA Published Tuesday, December 5, 2017 8:43PM EST Last Updated Tuesday, December 5, 2017 10:26PM EST Ottawa Fire says one person will be displaced after a fire in Centretown Tuesday night. Firefighters were called to a seventh-floor apartment at 379 Gilmour Street at around 7:45 p.m. Ottawa Paramedics have assessed a man in his 50s at the scene for smoke inhalation. He’s been taken to hospital. 29 other evacuated residents of the building found shelter in an OC Transpo bus, and have since returned inside. VictimRead More