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Canada will sign Optional Protocol to Convention Against Torture

Ottawa - On Tuesday, a number of activists several of them wearing black blindfolds around their eyes held a demonstration on Parliament Hill in Ottawa demanding that Canada sign on to the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT).

Airlift for thousands trapped by Canada wildfires

Canada - Canada prepared Thursday to airlift to safety up to 25,000 people who were forced from their homes by raging forest fires in Alberta's oil sands region, and now risk getting trapped north of Fort McMurray.

Evacuees find safe haven as wildfires engulf Canada oil region

Canada - Sitting on the tailgate of his truck, strumming his guitar, the only item that he was able to salvage in a hurried evacuation of Fort McMurray as wildfires raged closer to the Canadian oil city, Alan Javierto says: "I just want to go home.

The human side of Alberta's catastrophic wildfire

"The fire is very large and very extreme," said a wildfire information officer on Thursday morning. This statement tells only part of the story, though. For the thousands of people who have fled for their lives, the story is never-ending.

Aeropostale files for bankruptcy protection, closes Canada stores

New York - After three consecutive years of losses, teen clothing retailer Aeropostale Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday and pledged to reorganize.

'Catastrophic wildfires' force thousands to flee in Canada

Edmonton - Raging wildfires pressed in on the Canadian oil city of Fort McMurray Thursday after more than 80,000 people were forced to flee, abandoning fire-gutted neighborhoods in a chaotic evacuation.

Ft. McMurray engulfed by wildfire destroying 1,600 structures

Fort Mcmurray - A monster wildfire has engulfed the northern Alberta city of Ft. McMurray, forcing the evacuation of 88,000 people. So far, 1,600 homes and buildings have been reduced to charred rubble as the conflagration continues to burn unabated.

Fresh Australian air on sale in pollution-stricken China

Two entrepreneurs in Australia have found a way to help those stricken by the severe air pollution sweeping across the developing countries in Asia, especially China, by selling fresh Australian air.

'Catastrophic wildfires' force thousands to flee in Canada

Edmonton - The Canadian city of Fort McMurray remained under threat from catastrophic wildfires Wednesday, authorities warned, after more than 80,000 residents were forced to flee the raging inferno sweeping through Alberta's oil sands region.

Canada's AG says amount of medical marijuana given Vets dangerous

Canada's auditor general's annual Spring Report was tabled in the House of Commons today and Auditor General Michael Ferguson spoke with media about the content. One of the criticisms in his report concerns the amount of pot veterans are being permitted.

Calgary Flames fire coach Bob Hartley; Bruce Boudreau on radar?

On the heels of the Anaheim Ducks firing their coach Bruce Boudreau, the Calgary Flames have fired Bob Hartley. The timing suggests there may be something in the works — except Calgary's GM, Brad Treliving maintains that's not the case.

Citizenship fraud is a big problem in Canada: Auditor General

The spring report of Canada's auditor general painted a grim picture of Canada's citizenship application process from July 2014, through last fall, alleging the immigration department was not following its own procedures.

Heat and high winds leave BC with 40 active wildfires burning

Vancouver - A deadly combination of high winds, elevated temperatures and little snow this past winter has resulted in an early start to the wildfire season in British Columbia, Canada.

Alberta volunteer firefighter facing 18 counts of arson

Mayerthorpe - The town of Mayerthorpe is reeling after a 19-year-old firefighter and son of a former mayor was charged with 18 counts of arson including one for the CN trestle bridge fire.

Op-Ed: Edmonton Oilers lose draft lottery yet rewarded for ineptness

They did not get the first overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft — thank heavens for small miracles — but the ineptness that is the Edmonton Oilers franchise was still rewarded Saturday. The Oilers wound up in fourth and will get a sure-fire stud.

Breathalyzer invented to detect marijuana use

Toronto - It had to happen at some stage. The world’s first breathalyzer that can detect if someone is under the influence of marijuana has been invented. The device is likely to be adopted by many law enforcement agencies.

City of Vancouver sells rain barrels to save drinking water

Vancouver - With water restrictions starting in two weeks, the City of Vancouver is selling rainwater collection barrels. The city is advising residents to use the rainwater on their gardens.

Review: The Force is with Ross, as ‘One-Man Star Wars’ returns to T.O. Special

Toronto - You wouldn’t think a one-person Fringe show reenacting the basic plots of the original “Star Wars” trilogy would take a person very far, but British Columbia actor Charlie Ross has been doing this show for about fifteen years now.

Toronto Police release video of shootout that lead to kidnapping

Toronto Police have released a dramatic video that shows a shootout that took place in a downtown apartment building. Multiple shots were fired by numerous gunman and at least one man was wounded and two were kidnapped.

Will Ferrell to play Ronald Reagan; late president's kids angry

Will Ferrell is about to take on what might be his most controversial role yet — playing Ronald Reagan. Two of the former U.S. president's children have expressed anger about it, saying the script is in poor taste and makes fun of Alzheimer's Disease.
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