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Care centre executive says should have acted quick with violent patient

WINNIPEG—The director of a personal care home says a week before an 87-year-old man died after being pushed to the ground by a 70-year-old Alzheimer’s patient, the same man had pushed a different resident to the floor. Parkview Place executive director Don Solar testified at an inquest Thursday that in retrospect, they should have “taken …

Canada drifting under PM Stephen Harper, Justin Trudeau says in Edmonton speech

EDMONTON—Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau told party faithful in Edmonton that Canada is drifting under the mediocre leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Trudeau, in a speech Thursday to 300 people, said Canadians are among the luckiest people in the world, but risk squandering their success under Harper. He says Harper is more concerned with …

Woman dead, man in hospital after double stabbing in Brampton, Ont.; man sought

BRAMPTON, Ont.—Police are looking for a 46-year-old Brampton man in connection with a double stabbing in the city west of Toronto that left a woman dead and a man in hospital. Peel Regional Police say officers called to a home (on Kingknoll Drive in the Steeles Avenue and Mavis Road area) on Tuesday night found …

B.C. judge orders former Longshoremen union official to repay $1.69 million

VANCOUVER—The man who was in charge of finances for a Metro Vancouver union has been ordered by a court to repay $1.69 million in money he misappropriated, some of which he used to cover gambling debts. B.C. Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Affleck also ordered two adult children of Robert Victor Eric Ford to each repay …

Bombardier led group wins US$4.1 billion rail equipment contract for Queensland

MONTREAL—A consortium led by Bombardier Transportation has won a US$4.1-billion contract from the State of Queensland in Australia. The group will supply 75 electric passenger trains, a new depot and maintenance for 30 years. Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) says its share of the New Generation Rollingstock project is worth about US$2.7 billion. The project will renew a …

Cape Breton ferry out of service after pencil sized cracks found in hull

ENGLISHTOWN, N.S.—A ferry service in Cape Breton is expected to remain out of service throughout the weekend after a pair of pencil-sized cracks were discovered in the boat’s hull. The Englishtown ferry was taken out of service Wednesday afternoon after the cracks were noticed in the void space in the aft section of the vessel. …

Toronto Hydro workers vote overwhelmingly in favour of strike as talks continue

TORONTO—Toronto Hydro workers voted more than 99 per cent in favour of a strike mandate on Thursday night. The utility’s contract with CUPE Local One expires on Jan. 31. The workers could strike in February. However, a hydro spokesperson says this isn’t something they’re alarmed about and is just a natural part of negotiations. A …

Toronto area mayors to meet to discuss funding cleanup from December ice storm

MISSISSAUGA, Ont.—Officials from municipalities affected by last month’s devastating ice storm are to meet in Mississauga, Ont., today to discuss funding the cleanup. Councils in many municipalities—including Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton, and Caledon—have voted to ask the province that they be declared disaster areas. The storm impacted dozens of communities and officials have said the total …

Suspect arrested in death of elderly St. Catharines woman

ST. CATHERINES, Ont.—A suspect is in custody following the death of an elderly woman Thursday afternoon in a St. Catharines, Ont., parking lot. Niagara Region police say officers were called just before 5 p.m. to an apartment building where they say a woman was attacked as she returned home. Neighbours began CPR on the woman …

Canadian drug suspects with alleged links to Mexican cartel arrested in Philippines

MANILA, Philippines—Philippine anti-narcotics agents have arrested four Canadians for allegedly trafficking illegal drugs from Mexico, a government investigator said Thursday. The suspects have alleged links to a Mexican cartel and are undercutting Chinese traffickers dominating the local market, which could lead to a violent drug war in the Philippines, said Rommell Vallejo, chief of the Anti-Organized and Transnational …

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