Canada & World

Bride shot dead at wedding

A woman and her husband were browsing through raffle prizes at a crowded wedding reception shortly before midnight Saturday when a gunman burst in spraying bullets — killing her and injuring him and another woman.

Border agents seize 144 kilos of cocaine at Canada-US border south of Vancouver

Canada Border Services agents have made a massive cocaine seizure at a border crossing south of Vancouver.

National passenger rail service crippled as Via Rail engineers go on strike

Locomotive engineers at Via Rail are officially on strike, effectively shutting down the bulk of national passenger rail service across Canada.

Family members identify young victims of cottage blaze in B.C. Interior

Four generations of happy family memories ended early Thursday morning at a cabin in B.C.’s southern Interior.

A smokey haze hangs over the mountains south of Fintry

More Okanagan residents flee their houses due to a third forest fire

WEST KELOWNA, B.C. — Just hours after the last of 11,000 fire evacuees finally returned home, 2,200 others in B.C.’s Okanagan were forced to leave theirs after a third fire blazed out of control.

A smokey haze hangs over the mountains south of Fintry
British Columbia Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Kash Heed speaks during a news conference to respond to retired judge Thomas Braidwood's report on phase one of his inquiry into the use of tasers by police in the province

BC judge rules tasers can kill, but we’re safer with them than without them

VANCOUVER — The former judge conducting a public inquiry into Taser use has concluded the stun guns can kill or seriously injure people but that Canadians are better off with the controversial weapons than without them.

British Columbia Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Kash Heed speaks during a news conference to respond to retired judge Thomas Braidwood's report on phase one of his inquiry into the use of tasers by police in the province
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Doctor defends record, cites bias

The Saskatchewan radiologist whose work has sparked a review of 70,000 exams says he’s the subject of a “modern-day lynching” by the group that regulates doctors in the province.

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Gambling revenues down in ’08

Statistics Canada says gambling revenues in 2008 dropped for the first time in 16 years as Canadians pumped less cash into lottery tickets, horse racing and video lottery terminals.

A vase of flowers sits at the Kingston Mills locks

Police mum on reports of arrests in deaths

Troubling questions about the mysterious case of four Montreal women found dead in a car at the bottom of the Rideau Canal came back to the fore Wednesday after unconfirmed media reports said arrests had been made in the case.

A vase of flowers sits at the Kingston Mills locks
Regional Chief Bill Erasmus

Shawn Atleo is new national chief of the Assembly of First Nations

Shawn Atleo is the new national chief of the Assembly of First Nations. Atleo, an assembly vice-chief from British Columbia, was victorious after the eighth ballot when his rival, Perry Bellegarde, a former leader of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, conceded despite saying earlier that he would not.

Regional Chief Bill Erasmus

Assembly of First Nations votes on new national leader

CALGARY — A dramatic showdown continued to play out late Wednesday when no clear winner emerged after the third ballot in the vote to select the next national leader of the Assembly of First Nations.

Eunice Gorman

BC fire evacuees find houses looted

WEST KELOWNA, B.C. — Thousands of West Kelowna, B.C., residents have streamed happily back to their homes as a wildfire threat receded but the joy of return was shattered for some who found their homes looted.

Eunice Gorman

Inspectors caught H1N1 at pig farm

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has confirmed that two of its inspectors caught swine flu in late April while investigating an outbreak on an Alberta pig farm.

Ottawa slow to act to outbreak

OTTAWA — A report into last summer’s listeriosis outbreak has found a litany of problems behind the crisis that claimed 22 lives, including a weak response by the federal government.

Winnipeg man who shot at two police sentenced to 14 years in prison

A man who wounded two police officers in a shootout at his Winnipeg home has been sentenced to 14 years in jail.

Firefighters put out hotspots in an area burned by a wildfire in Kelowna

Firefighters slowly gaining control

Two forest fires that have forced thousands to flee their homes in the Kelowna area were likely caused by people, but fire officials say that doesn’t mean they were set deliberately.

Firefighters put out hotspots in an area burned by a wildfire in Kelowna

Manitoba continues to post highest rates of homicide, vehicle theft

Manitoba continues to post some of the highest crime rates in Canada. A report from Statistics Canada says Manitoba had the highest homicide rate among provinces in 2008, and Winnipeg had the highest homicide rate among major cities.

Police and attendants from the Hendrick Funeral Home  load the remains of a child into a hearse after a body was found in a field near Mount Forest

Dental records needed to identify remains of Tori Stafford

Police say dental records were needed to confirm that remains found Sunday are those of missing Woodstock, Ont., girl Tori Stafford.

Police and attendants from the Hendrick Funeral Home  load the remains of a child into a hearse after a body was found in a field near Mount Forest

Listeriosis investigator submits long-awaited report

An investigator’s report into a deadly bacterial outbreak won’t be tinkered with before it’s released to the public on Tuesday, says the Prime Minister’s Office.

Residents walk down a street as a wildfire burns on the side of a mountain in Kelowna

Thousands ordered away from wildfire

His neighbours grabbed family photos and pets and fled, but Brante Farrell donned a gas mask and heavy overalls and turned on the sprinklers. Farrell said Sunday he feels quite safe flouting the evacuation order that has sent

Residents walk down a street as a wildfire burns on the side of a mountain in Kelowna