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  • A gay referee pursues a place in the NHL ó and wonders if hockey will ever accept him

    04/24/2018 2:33:21 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 46 replies
    National Post / New York Times ^ | April 24, 2018 | Jason Buckland
    This is a story about love and betrayal. Andrea Barone was barely 18 months old when he first set out on the ice, his tiny legs shaking and pushing behind a chair along the cold surface. If, in Montreal, hockey is religion, then this was baptism by ritual, every morning practice, every unsteady drag of his skates drawing him closer to the game he was falling for. .... Barone is sure of two things about himself: He is a hockey man, and he is a gay man. In the sport he has devoted his life to, this has proved an...
  • Police in Ontario have charged a supply teacher with sexually assaulting a male student

    02/09/2018 1:15:47 PM PST · by Loyalist · 55 replies
    National Post ^ | February 9, 2008 | Staff
    VAUGHAN, Ont. ó Police north of Toronto say a 28-year-old woman who worked as an occasional supply teacher is facing sexual assault charges. York regional police say they began investigating late last month after receiving information about a teacher who is alleged to have been involved in a sexual relationship with a male student between October and December of last year. They say Marianna Riossi has been working with the York Catholic District School Board since 2014. The 28-year-old woman from Vaughan, Ont., has been charged with three counts of sexual assault and three counts of sexual exploitation.
  • Halifax women's march roiled by divisions

    01/21/2018 11:31:56 AM PST · by Loyalist · 19 replies
    CTV News ^ | January 21, 2018 | Adina Bresge, Canadian Press
    HALIFAX -- The women's march in Halifax was roiled by divisions, as members of an offshoot event showed up to call for the recognition of marginalized groups after some people said they felt unsafe at last year's gathering. Throngs of people returned to Halifax's Grand Parade square on Saturday for a rally on the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump's inauguration as U.S. president. People held up signs on issues ranging from worker's rights to the jailing of a Palestinian activist during an event that included a Mi'kmaq prayer, a Chinese lion dance, a traditional Indian dance and a drumming performance....
  • World's lonely hearts disappointed to discover 'Women in Canada' is a government department

    11/12/2017 4:44:05 AM PST · by Loyalist · 9 replies
    National Post ^ | November 10, 2017 | Marie-Danielle Smith
    OTTAWA ó Some Facebook users have been mistaking Canadaís Status of Women ministry for a dating service offering Canadian wives, according to the government. Comments to the agencyís posts that propose marriage are regularly deleted by staff. Spokeswomen Lťonie Roux told the Post generic examples of such responses include, but are not limited to, ďLooking for wife in CanadaĒ and ďI want a wife, I want to give you a call.Ē Part of the trouble is the account username, ďWomen in Canada.Ē While this accurately reflects the agencyís area of focus, Roux said, it causes some users to make false...
  • CIA fires bomb-sniffing puppy, who just didnít care for the job

    10/19/2017 4:18:17 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 17 replies
    Global News ^ | October 19, 2017 | Maham Abedi
    Sorry, Lulu. Maybe you have another calling. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had to fire one of its cutest employees, who simply didnít demonstrate the initiative needed for the very important job. Luluís departure from the prestigious job was announced in a ďPupdateĒ by the agency Wednesday, who regretfully acknowledged that she just wasnít meant for sniffing bombs. They tried offering the black Labrador some work benefits such as treats and extra playtime, but said: ďEven when they could motivate her with food and play to search, she was clearly not enjoying herself any longer.Ē
  • Chainsaw-wielding nun clears debris from Irma

    09/13/2017 10:34:25 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | September 12, 2017 | Jason Kurtz
    (CNN)Across the state of Florida, and up into Georgia and South Carolina, images of first responders have become a welcome sight amid the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. But among the usual uniforms -- those of police, firefighters and paramedics -- a nun's habit stands out. And when said nun is wielding a chainsaw, well, that is something that can renew faith in even the most downtrodden. "There was a need, I had the means, so I wanted to help out," Sister Margaret Ann told Erin Burnett on Tuesday evening. A 30-year education veteran from Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School...
  • It rains solid diamonds on Uranus and Neptune

    08/25/2017 6:57:33 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 55 replies
    National Post ^ | August 25, 2017 | Sarah Kaplan, Washington Post
    Researchers say they were able to produce 'diamond rain' using fancy plastic and high-powered lasers to recreate the intense conditions of the planets .... Consider this your daily reminder that the solar system is even more awesomely bonkers than you realized: On Uranus and Neptune, scientists forecast rain storms of solid diamonds. The gems form in the hydrocarbon-rich oceans of slush that swath the gas giantsí solid cores. Scientists have long speculated that the extreme pressures in this region might split those molecules into atoms of hydrogen and carbon, the latter of which then crystallize to form diamonds. These diamonds...
  • What if instead of yelling 'Drop your weapon,' police asked 'How can I help?'

    07/31/2017 7:43:09 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 60 replies
    CBC ^ | July 31, 2017 | Shanifa Nasser
    After a 911 call for unknown trouble, officers arrive and find a man in distress, wielding some kind of object. Three words, known to those in law enforcement as the "police challenge," pierce the morning air. "Drop your weapon!" Seconds later, gunshots. It's an all-too-familiar scenario at coroner's inquests in Canada, according to some mental health experts. This week, a jury in Ontario is expected to reveal a list of recommendations that are supposed to give police the tools to respond effectively to civilians in crisis. The recommendations come after a weeks-long inquest into the fatal police shooting of Michael...
  • Nova Scotia is racing to protect its fragile ĎMoose Sex Corridor'

    04/25/2017 6:09:47 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 22 replies
    Maclean's ^ | April 10, 2017 | Rosemary Counter
    A narrow strip of land connecting Nova Scotia to New Brunswick is a lifeline for maritime moose in the mood to mate¬óand it¬ís under threat The Chignecto Isthmus¬óthe corridor connecting New Brunswick to Nova Scotia that at its narrowest is just 24 km wide¬óposes a uniquely Canadian problem. On one side of the land bridge thrives a healthy population of more than 25,000 moose; on the other, numbers have dwindled to as few as 500. Long classiÔ¨Āed as endangered, the Nova Scotia moose is perilously close to extinction. All moose face poaching, parasites, climate change and habitat loss. But unlike...
  • Spaceport project hinges on moose count

    04/17/2017 8:31:05 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 17 replies
    Halifax Chronicle-Herald ^ | April 17, 2017 | Anne Farries
    Before you launch a rocket, you need to count the moose. Maritime Launch Services, the company that hopes to build a spaceport on a parcel of Nova Scotia land that juts into the ocean near Canso in Guysborough County, must first complete an environmental review ó including counting seasonal numbers of local flora and fauna ó before the province agrees to the project. ďWeíve hired a contractor to help us do the study,Ē MLS president Steve Matier said Monday. ďWe could conceivably complete that effort at the end of this year.Ē ďItís part of the process, and itís understood. We...
  • Globe and Mail suspends columnist Leah McLaren after breastfeeding controversy

    03/30/2017 11:31:10 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 26 replies
    Toronto Star | March 30, 2017 | Staff
    Suspension follows social media furor over a column in which the writer described her attempt to breastfeed MP Michael Chongís baby without his knowledge. .... The Globe and Mail has suspended marquee columnist Leah McLaren for a week. A source told the Star that McLaren, who wrote about her attempt to breastfeed Tory Leadership candidate Michael Chongís baby without his knowledge and at a time when she was not lactating herself, has been forbidden to comment on her controversial column or on her suspension. Calls and e-mails to the newspaper were not immediately returned Thursday. McLaren told the Star by...
  • N.S. manís personalized licence plate deemed Ďsocially unacceptableí

    03/23/2017 5:36:59 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 27 replies
    CTV Atlantic ^ | March 23, 2017 | CTV Atlantic
    Lorne Grabher is very proud of his unique family name, which comes from German origins. It's displayed on the front of his house, as well as on his personalized licence plate. "Well, I am the only one in Eastern Canada," says Lorne Grabher. "I originally had it done for my father back in 1991 for his birthday. It was to have our name be put on something and be proud of it." But in December, Grabher received a letter from Nova Scotiaís Registrar of Motor Vehicles, telling him they'd received a complaint and had deemed the licence plate 'socially...
  • 'Justin Bieber impostor' on 931 child sex-related charges

    03/10/2017 4:01:55 AM PST · by Loyalist · 18 replies
    BBC News ^ | March 8, 2017
    A man who posed as Justin Bieber online has been charged with more than 900 child sex-related crimes in Australia. The man, 42, masqueraded as the Canadian singer to gain explicit images from children, Queensland Police said. He was charged with 931 crimes, including three of rape, involving 157 alleged victims across the globe. Detective Inspector Jon Rouse called the allegations "frankly horrendous" and warned young fans of the singer and parents to be vigilant. "The fact that so many children could believe that they were communicating with this particular celebrity highlights the need for a serious rethink about the...
  • Do I need to restart wudhu after windpassing and how to cut hair

    02/19/2017 4:34:58 AM PST · by Loyalist · 52 replies
    Ask Imam ^ | January 30, 2017 | Mufti Ibrahim Desai
    i have two questions for you this time, 1. While doing wadhu/ Gusul if wind pass, do i need to start my wadhu from the beginning? 2. What is the proper (Sunnah) way to remove my private part hair? and can i use trimmer to remove my private part hair? because usually i use a razor with blades, but i feel pain in that and sometimes it will cut my skin and bleed. and please give references in English. Answer In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. As-salńĀmu ¬Ďalaykum wa-rahmatullńĀhi wa-barakńĀtuh. If a person passes wind...
  • Ontarioís Beer Store appoints its first ombudsman

    01/03/2017 2:07:58 PM PST · by Loyalist · 13 replies
    Toronto Star ^ | December 22, 2016 | The Canadian Press
    A former ombudsman at one of Canadaís big banks has been tapped to investigate complaints of a far more frothy nature: beer. The Beer Store has appointed Charles Dougall as Ontarioís first beer ombudsman. The foreign-owned consortium, which operates more than 470 retail outlets throughout the province, says Dougall will be responsible for mediating operational disputes between the Beer Store, its customers and brewers. He has been appointed to a three-year term, beginning Jan. 2, and will report annually to the Beer Storeís independent directors.
  • Alberta man punches cougar in head to save pet dog during attack near Tim Hortons

    12/28/2016 4:50:03 PM PST · by Loyalist · 41 replies
    City News ^ | December 28, 2016 | Canadian Press
    An Alberta man says he fought off a cougar that was attacking his dog by punching the big cat in the head. William Gibb says he stopped at a Tim Hortons in Whitecourt, northwest of Edmonton, on Boxing Day. He let his two dogs out for a bathroom break near a wooded area, then heard one of them crying in pain. Gibb says he ran to see what was wrong and found the cougar on top of his husky, Sasha, so he bashed it with his fist. The cougar jumped off and Gibb took the dog to a veterinarian, who...
  • Quebec City guide to help integrate newcomers derided as insulting, infantilizing

    12/26/2016 2:22:26 PM PST · by Loyalist · 34 replies
    Globe and Mail ^ | December 26, 2016 | Jacques Boissonot
    Immigrants who settle in Quebec City are being offered a new guide to explain local customs, and the authors spare no detail in telling the newcomers how to fit in Ė for example, refrain from committing incest, wash with soap and use underarm deodorant to "control perspiration and bad odours." The guide from city hall was made public last week and has already been condemned as insulting and paternalistic. ..... Quebec City is one of 13 municipalities across Quebec designated by the province to settle refugees from Syria. While Montreal remains the overwhelming destination of choice for newcomers, more than...
  • People are hiking in hopes of a Hillary Clinton sighting

    11/28/2016 7:56:03 PM PST · by Loyalist · 57 replies
    Twitter ^ | November 28, 2016
    US News This afternoon In an alternate universe, Hillary Clinton is assembling her White House cabinet right now. In this universe, she's maintained a low profile since her election loss, occasionally crossing paths with hikers and shoppers near her home in Chappequa, New York.
  • Redblacks pull off huge upset to win 104th Grey Cup in OT

    11/27/2016 7:29:00 PM PST · by Loyalist · 5 replies
    CBC Sports ^ | November 27, 2016
    The Ottawa Redblacks pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Grey Cup history, defeating the Calgary Stampeders 39-33 in overtime. Ottawa quarterback Henry Burris threw an 18-yard touchdown to Ernest Jackson in overtime. Calgary, who got the ball second, could not equalize, giving Ottawa its first CFL title since 1976, when they were called the Rough Riders. Burris led the charge with 461 yards passing and three touchdowns. He added two more touchdowns on the ground.
  • 'Yes, we cran': Obama pardons turkeys for last time as POTUS

    11/23/2016 5:45:05 PM PST · by Loyalist · 23 replies
    CNN ^ | November 23, 2016 | Betsy Klein & Samantha Reyes
    Washington (CNN)--President Barack Obama dished out some final Thanksgiving puns Wednesday as he performed the ceremonial White House task of pardoning turkeys. Obama was joined at the Rose Garden ceremony by his two young nephews, Austin and Aaron Robinson, as opposed to his two daughters, Sasha and Malia, whom, he said, "just couldn't take my jokes anymore -- they were fed up." He then spoke about turning from "polls to poultry" in carrying out the tradition. This year, the two lucky birds, named Tater and Tot, came to Washington by way of Iowa. Obama, however, said the tradition wouldn't end...