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Dellen Millard seeks mistrial as jury continues deliberations

The Canadian Press Published Thursday, December 14, 2017 11:09AM EST Last Updated Thursday, December 14, 2017 11:10AM EST TORONTO — A man accused of killing a former lover and burning her body is seeking a mistrial as the jury continues to deliberate on a verdict. Dellen Millard, who is representing himself, says the lawyer of his co-accused, Mark Smich, crossed the line in his closing address to the jury when he purportedly blamed Millard for the death of Laura Babcock. The Crown alleges Millard and Smich killed Babcock in theRead More

‘Steady hiring climate’ expected locally in 2018: survey

Far more of Waterloo Region’s employers expect to be hiring over the next few months than firing. A new survey released by ManpowerGroup shows that 27 per cent of surveyed local companies anticipate hiring new workers between January and March, while three per cent expect to make cutbacks. Sixty-five per cent of employers said they plan to stick with their current staffing levels, while five per cent said they were unsure of their plans. According to ManpowerGroup, the results show more businesses planning to higher than in the fall, butRead More

Swiss church bells ring out after dark as court upholds nighttime chiming

ZURICH (Reuters) – A Swiss church can let its bells ring out in celebration after the country’s highest court overturned a restriction on its peeling chimes demanded by a local couple. More than 2,000 residents campaigned against the limits on the 250-year-old Protestant Reformed Church in Waedenswil, near Zurich, after a legal spat broke out three years ago. An unnamed couple who lived closed to the church had sought a halt to the hourly and quarter-hourly clangs between 10 pm and 7 am. They also wanted the early morning ringingRead More

Police seek public’s help to find missing woman in northeast Edmonton

Published Sunday, December 10, 2017 10:41AM MST Last Updated Sunday, December 10, 2017 6:37PM MST Edmonton police is asking for public assistance to find a woman last seen in northeast Edmonton Friday. Nadia Atwi, 32, was last seen in the area of 48 Street and 146 Avenue at approximately 6:30 a.m. Police said she may be in or near Rundle Park – where her vehicle and personal belongings were found Friday afternoon. Atwi, a teacher and mother, is described as Lebanese, 170-180 pounds and 5-foot-8 with dark brown hair, brownRead More

Two suspects in robbery case in Regina

Regina Police Service is looking for more information after two suspects threatened a man with a weapon, in an attempt to take his vehicle. Police say it happened around 1:15 a.m., on the 300 Block of Rae Street on Saturday, December 9, 2017. The suspects did not end up taking the vehicle, and the victim was not injured. There is also no description of the suspects available. Anyone with information that could assist police in this investigation is asked to contact the Regina Police Service at 306-777-6500, or your localRead More

Cochrane RCMP investigate after driver threatened with a gun during road rage incident

Police in Cochrane are on the lookout for a suspect after a driver says they were involved in a violent road rage incident with another driver brandishing a gun. Officials say the driver was turning westbound onto Highway 1A from Highway 22 when a cherry red SUV, possibly a Nissan, passed them in the turning lane. As the driver passed, the victim says they pointed what looked like a black gun at them. The suspect continued westbound on Highway 1A, away from the community. The suspect is described as: maleRead More

Israel beefs up police ahead of Jerusalem protests

The Associated Press Published Friday, December 8, 2017 3:19AM EST Last Updated Friday, December 8, 2017 4:44AM EST JERUSALEM – Israeli police deployed reinforcements in and around Jerusalem’s Old City on Friday, in anticipation of Palestinian protests over the Trump administration’s recognition of the contested city as the Israeli capital. Palestinian political groups have called for massive demonstrations in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem after Friday prayers, the highlight of the Muslim religious week. Separately, the Gaza-based leader of the Islamic militant Hamas has agitated for aRead More

GoFundMe page for murdered Hamilton teen is ‘unauthorized’: police Staff Published Thursday, December 7, 2017 4:31PM EST Last Updated Thursday, December 7, 2017 5:12PM EST Police in Hamilton, Ont. have issued a warning about an “unauthorized” GoFundMe page purportedly created to help the family of a murdered teenager. 19-year-old Yosif Al-Hasnawi, who was a first-year medical science student at Brock University, was shot on Dec. 2 after attempting to intervene as two young men accosted a senior citizen in downtown Hamilton. Al-Hasnawi died that night in hospital. Police, who were tipped off about the “Hamilton Hero Funeral Fundraiser”Read More

Orphaned polar bears arrive in Winnipeg

Two orphaned polar bears from Churchill arrived in Winnipeg Tuesday evening. The two cubs, one male and one female, were welcomed to the Leatherdale International Polar Bear Conservation Centre at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. The zoo said the two cubs will be quarantined for 30 days and will not be visible to zoo visitors. The two young bears were brought into a holding facility in Churchill at the end of November after they were found malnourished and without an adult bear. The province decided the move to the southern partRead More

Statistics Canada says trade deficit narrows to $1.5 billion in October

The Canadian Press Published Tuesday, December 5, 2017 9:18AM EST Last Updated Tuesday, December 5, 2017 9:19AM EST OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says the country’s merchandise trade deficit narrowed to $1.5 billion in October as exports improved and imports took a step back. The agency says the shortfall was less than half the $3.4-billion deficit in September. Economists had expected a deficit of $2.7 billion, according to Thomson Reuters. Exports increased 2.7 per cent to $44.5 billion in October, following four consecutive monthly declines, as gains were made in nineRead More