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Marcus Hondro

Digital Journalist based in Vancouver, B.C, Canada, Canada. Joined on Dec 14, 2011

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Tobacco company butting out, banning smoking in offices

The second-biggest tobacco company in the U.S. is butting out cigarettes in their buildings. The makers of Camel and Pall Mall cigarettes, Reynolds American Inc., is forbidding employees to smoke in their offices.

Downtown Halifax on alert, rifle found, man taken into custody

While the Canadian city of Halifax did not experience the tragedy the city of Ottawa did yesterday, there was a disturbing incident there this morning. A man was seen with a rifle in the downtown area and police went on high alert.

Rob Ford breaks campaign rules, kicked out of advance polls

It does not appear to matter what befalls Rob Ford, he seems incapable of staying away from controversy; indeed, not even his grave illness can stop him from making headlines. This time it was Ford's repeated failure to comply with election rules.

Vancouver Canucks home sellout streak ends at 474 - narrowly

The Vancouver Canucks had quite the sellout streak going but it ended Saturday night. The game against the Tampa Bay Lightning marked the first time the Canucks did not sell out a regular season game in 474 games, a streak dating back to Nov. 14, 2002.

Pres. Obama to seek extra funding as he continues Ebola fight

With the U.S. mid-term elections a scant two weeks away, Pres. Barack Obama is busy seeking solutions to the Ebola virus scare. Bloomberg News reported the president will do so, at least in part, by asking Congress for more funding to fight the disease.

Justin Trudeau memoir had no ghostwriter: 'I wrote this book'

The Justin Trudeau memoir 'Common Ground' is days from publication and if Canadians were wondering if the leader of the Liberal Party used a ghost writer — he is, after all, a busy man — the answer came in an interview published today.

Man finds dead mouse at bottom of his McDonald's coffee cup

There was this sketch years ago on SCTV, the Canadian sketch comedy show that featured the late-John Candy. In it the two MacKenzie brothers (Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis) tried to get a dead mouse into a beer so they could sue the beer company.

Oil laden Russian ship off B.C. coast being towed by Coast Guard

Canada's CBC News has reported that a Russian ship floundering off the B.C. coast is now secured to a tow line from a Coast Guard vessel. There were concerns the fuel-laden ship could run aground and reports say those concerns still exist.

Op-Ed: Why not me? Or you? 77-year-old Canadian wins $13,805,045

Yeah, or course we`re all happy for the guy. Naturally we are. But is it fair? Is it good news? Or is it more something that inspires - envy? What we`re talking about is a retired fisherman, 77, who just won $13,805,045.

Russian ship hauling bunker and diesel fuel adrift off B.C. Coast

A Russian container ship laden with some 450 tonnes of fuel is powerless and drifting in a storm off of the coast of B.C., toward Haida Gwaii. The ship has eleven crew members, including a captain who is reportedly injured.

Gas station shooter gets life for killing teen over loud music

A white man who shot into a car full of black teenagers at a Florida gas station in 2012, killing one, has been sentenced to life without parole. Michael Dunn was sentenced to life today in a Florida courtroom.

Leafs' James Reimer to start against Red Wings over Bernier

It appears that the Maple Leafs will be going with the hot glove hand tonight and starting James Reimer for their game against the Red Wings in Toronto. Reimer was in the 'home goal' at practice this morning, a strong indicator he's in net tonight.

Crash diets better than steady weight loss, study finds

When it comes to weight loss it appears that slow and steady does not win the race, a new study out of Australia has found. The study says that crash dieting is more effective when it comes to thinning down than taking a measured approach.

Mayor Rob Ford victim of breach of privacy at Toronto hospital

Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, where Rob Ford is being treated for a rare form of cancer, has admitted that the mayor's privacy was breached there. Two employees, the hospital said, accessed his personal health records.

New York makes yogurt official state snack over carrot cookies

Given the state of New York managed to produce over 740 million pounds of yogurt last year it is hardly a surprise the state has officially made yogurt its state snack. The announcement came from no less a personage than the governor.

Derek Jeter gets 3 RBI, game-winner in final Yankee Stadium game

Derek Jeter has long possessed one of baseball's great flairs for the dramatic and he exhibited it yet again in his final game at Yankee Stadium. This time he did it in the bottom of the ninth with his final at-bat at home as a Yank.

Rob Ford has Toronto join 'Recovery Day in Canada' celebration

Thanks to two ambitious women and a filmmaker, each from the community of recovering alcohol and drug addicts, September 20, 2014, was Canada's 3rd Annual Recovery Day. The city of Vancouver leads the movement but Toronto is also involved.

Dog lost in Philly turns up 5 months later over 3,000 miles away

When a dog from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania went missing last spring. the family did some hectic searching. She wasn't to be found, however, and her owners all but gave up, thinking they may never seen their pooch again.

It's over! Tentative deal reached, B.C. kids soon back to school

It is only tentative but the B.C. teachers and the government have reached a deal to get the province's kids back to school. Mediator Vince Ready emerged from a hotel in Richmond at 4 a.m. Tuesday to tell a tired group of media a breakthrough had come.

Italian football Serie A club advertises movies on team's jerseys

A football club from Genoa that plays in the Serie A league, Italy's top soccer league, is becoming an advertiser for movies. The club announced this week that they will advertise movies on their jerseys starting with their next match on Sunday.
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