- Sister says Canadian journalist killed in Syria
BEIRUT (AP) — A Canadian freelance photographer was killed in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Sunday after a crude bomb exploded near where he and firefighters were standing, said activists and his sister.
- Defoe brings Toronto hope as MLS season opens
Major League Soccer's 19th season opens Saturday but Toronto fans will have another week to wait before former Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe makes his debut for the Canadian club. Toronto FC supporters have been waiting, in vain so far, for the team to have a winning season or playoff berth since its formation in 2007, but major personnel moves bring hope this will be a breakthrough season. "I'm looking forward to putting my boots on and scoring goals, showing people why I'm a good signing," Defoe said. The 31-year-old Englishman did that with Spurs, netting 143 goals in two stints at the London club to rank fifth on the English Premier League side's all-time scoring list.
- Malaysia Airlines says 152 Chinese, 38 Malaysians on missing flight
A missing Malaysia Airlines flight was carrying 152 Chinese, 38 Malaysians, 12 Indonesians and seven Australians among the 227 passengers, the airline said on Saturday. There were also three U.S. citizens, three from France, two passengers each from New Zealand, Ukraine, and Canada, and one each from Italy, Taiwan, the Netherlands and Austria, the airline said in a statement.
- New England has environmental concerns over Canada oil sands
By Richard Valdmanis BOSTON (Reuters) - A decision by Canadian regulators to let pipeline company Enbridge pump oil sands into Quebec has environmental activists and politicians worried the oil could eventually spill into the neighboring New England region of the United States. Canada's National Energy Board on Thursday approved a plan by the country's No.1 pipeline company Enbridge to reverse and expand its Line 9 from southern Ontario to Quebec on condition that it undertake additional work on consultation and safety. The project would feed refineries around Montreal and Quebec City, but would also place oil sands at the northern terminus of the Portland-Montreal pipeline, which runs through Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.
- Condom piercing constitutes sexual assault: Canada court
Deliberately piercing a condom to cause a partner's pregnancy against her will constitutes sexual assault even if the couple is in a consensual relationship, Canada's Supreme Court ruled Friday. The unanimous ruling by the panel's seven justices upheld a lower court's decision in a 2006 case that found Jaret Hutchinson had committed aggravated sexual assault by having sex with his girlfriend without telling her he had sabotaged his condom. Hutchinson, as he later admitted to his girlfriend, poked holes in the condom because he wanted to consolidate their relationship by getting her pregnant. After she became pregnant, the young woman, who has not been identified, decided to have an abortion and took Hutchinson to court.
- Broersen wins pentathlon at world indoors
SOPOT, Poland (AP) — Nadine Broersen of the Netherlands won the pentathlon at the world indoor championships, containing the damage in the closing 800 meters to beat Brianne Theisen Eaton of Canada on Friday.
- Canada condom piercer verdict upheld
The Canadian Supreme Court has upheld the sexual assault conviction of a man who poked holes in the condoms he wore during sex with his girlfriend.
- Artful Science Logos Honor Greatest Astronomers and Physicists of All Time (Images)
From the ancient Egyptian astronomer Hypatia to modern-day astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, physicists throughout history are getting the artist's treatment in a new set of illustrations honoring the thinkers' contributions to science. Dr. Prateek Lala, a physician based in Canada, has recently crafted playful images using the names of famous scientists to show, in logo form, what they gave to theoretical physics. Called "science typographies" or "logotypes," some of the more striking images include Isaac Newton's apple and Edwin Hubble with the Hubble Space Telescope that eventually flew his name into space. Lala started making his images in 2013 after speaking with a friend about the ways in which people learn, and how to get everyone interested in scientific research.
- Canada posts small trade deficit in January
Canada's trade swung into virtual balance in January with a deficit of only Can$177 million, compared to a Can$922 million deficit the previous month, the government said Friday. The improved trade balance surprised economists who had expected a Can$1.5 billion deficit. Statistics Canada also revised downward by nearly half its initial estimate of the December deficit from Can$1.7 billion. Canada posted a Can$3.6 billion trade surplus with the United States, its top trading partner.
- Canadian jobless rate holds steady at 7%
The Canadian economy unexpectedly shed 7,000 jobs in February as unemployment held steady at 7 percent, the government's statistics agency said Friday. "There has been little overall employment growth in Canada since August 2013," Statistics Canada said. The loss comes as the Canadian economy started the year on a positive note by adding 29,000 jobs in January, almost twice as many was expected, helping the unemployment rate fall to 7 percent from 7.2 percent in December. The overall employment rate held steady at 61.6 percent.
- Canadian Oil Will Take New Route Across U.S.
A pipeline through which oil once flowed west will instead take diluted bitumen and conventional oil from western Canada to Montreal, traversing the United States in the process.
- Canada says won't recognize Crimea referendum
Canada will not recognize a referendum in Crimea to join Russia, as long as Moscow maintains a military stranglehold on the Ukrainian region, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Thursday. "Russia's invasion of Ukraine is an act of aggression, a clear violation of Ukraine's sovereignty, and of international law," Harper said in a statement. "Canada will not recognize a referendum held in a region currently under illegal military occupation." Russian forces took de facto control of the strategically important Crimea, home to Kremlin's Black Sea Fleet, following the ouster on February 22 of Ukraine's pro-Moscow president Viktor Yanukovych.
- Not enough Canadian porn on adult TV: regulator
Canada's broadcasting regulator wants to see more locally-made porn on Canadian television, judging by a notice on its website that accuses three channels of failing to meet licensing requirements. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) said three Toronto-based adult channels have failed to provide a minimum of 35 percent Canadian content. The rules require a portion of programming to be at least partly written, produced or presented by persons in Canada, in order to bolster the local industry and showcase Canadian content. CRTC spokeswoman Patricia Valladao told AFP they will be asked to justify a renewal of the licenses, adding that "the CRTC has tried several times to bring the company into compliance."
- Quebec legislators vie for majority
Campaigning begins in Quebec after Premier Pauline Marois of Parti Quebec dissolved the legislature and called an election in a bid to win a majority.
- One dead in attack on Canadian-run mine in Mexico
One person was killed when illegal miners attacked a silver mine run by a Canadian firm in Mexico, the company Great Panther Silver said Wednesday. The attack on the mine and company offices happened Tuesday in the central state of Guanajuato, said the firm's managing director Robert Archer.
- Quebec separatist premier calls election
MONTREAL (AP) — Quebec's premier dissolved the legislature Wednesday and called an election in a bid to gain a majority of seats for her pro-independence party, a development that could lead to another referendum on separation from Canada.
- Canada to impose economic sanctions on Yanukovich's inner circle
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada will impose economic sanctions on those who worked for ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Wednesday. Harper has been a particularly strong critic of Russia's actions in Ukraine. "At the request of the prosecutor-general of Ukraine, we will be imposing economic sanctions on members of the Yanukovich regime," Harper told Parliament. He gave no further details. ...
- Al-Jazeera reporter speaks at Egyptian trial
CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian-Canadian journalist working for Al-Jazeera English told an Egyptian court Wednesday that he could "never possibly betray his country," testifying in a case accusing him and other colleagues of being terrorists.
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