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Marcus Hondro

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

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Men more likely to develop cancer, far more likely to die from it

A study just released in the U.K. confirms what's long been known, that men are more likely to develop cancer than are women. The study also shows men are far more likely to die of cancer, in large part because they delay seeking treatment.

Police in Toronto release video of men who shot grandmother

The Toronto police released a security camera video today of two suspects wanted in the murder of an innocent bystander. They seek two young males in the death of Peggy Ann Smith, 61; she was not the intended target but was the only one hit.

Juno flyby: NASA flies spacecraft closest ever to Jupiter

NASA has just flown a spacecraft closer to the windswept, gaseous planet of Jupiter than one has ever gone before. The Juno spacecraft is already sending back images from its successful flyby.

3 Canadians charged in $31 million cocaine bust in Australia

Three Canadians face massive cocaine drug smuggling charges in Australia today. Border officials in Sydney say it is the largest "passenger stream" drug haul in the history of the country, about $31 million (AUD) worth of coke.

Thieves in truck drag ATM machine right out of Saskatchewan town

Thieves dragged an ATM machine right of a small Saskatchewan town in the early hours of Sunday morning, pulling it out the main drag and onto the highway. It's the latest in a string of ATM thefts in the province.

Aussie police say shark found in puddle in landlocked town

Police in a small landlocked town in South Australia have a mystery on their hands after the discovery of a shark in a freshwater puddle. They do not know how the shark got to be there but are trying to find out. It did not survive.

Tearful woman pleas for public help to find man who killed sister

The pain of loss was evident at a press conference held by Toronto Police Friday as a young woman pleaded with the public to help find the murderer who shot her sister. Jelena Loncar was senselessly killed two years ago outside a Toronto nightclub.

Burkina Faso bans big butt contest, brands it as sexist

Women parading around a stage in a competition in which the one with the largest derriere wins is not something the government of Burkina Faso wants to see. So they banned an annual contest of big female bums, an action few are calling a bummer.

Hockey goalie holds on to stick as he robs beer store in Canada

This is a story of a hockey goalie who managed to score — some beer, that is. A man dressed as a hockey goalie broke into a beer store in a Canadian town and stole two cases, holding on to his goalie stick the entire time.

Brett Ryan charged with three crossbow murders in Scarborough

Police have arrested and charged a man in the crossbow murder of three people in Scarborough yesterday. The arrested man is believed to be related to all of his alleged victims, who police say were 2 men and one woman.

Three dead in Toronto crossbow killings, linked to bomb threat

Three people lay dead in a driveway in Toronto on Thursday afternoon and it appears they all died after being shot by a crossbow. One man was taken into custody.

Trump supporters out of step with America on immigration: Poll

While Donald Trump appears to be flip-flopping on his immigration stance, going places he told supporters during primaries he would not go, those supporters don't appear to be changing. But they differ from the rest of America on the subject.

90-year-old woman harassed, attacked in her home near Ottawa

Harassed and attacked in her own home, 90-year-old Laura David could do nothing but endure it, she says for an hour. In a bizarre case of elder abuse one or more persons broke into her home and threw as many as 100 rotten apples at her.

Norway politician plays 'Pokemon Go' during Parliamentary hearing

The' Pokemon Go' craze is getting a little out of hand, no? In Norway some are answering yes to that question after the leader of a major political party was caught playing it during a parliamentary hearing.

Op-Ed: Donald Trump hits new low with phantom Clinton health scare

Donald Trump and the Republicans have abandoned all pretense of conducting an honorable campaign based upon the offering up of policy and ideas. Dropping badly in the polls, they've sunk to telling voters that Hillary Clinton has an undisclosed illness.

B.C.'s Fraser River has worst sockeye salmon run since 1893

This year's sockeye salmon run in British Columbia's Fraser River was not expected to be a good one but it was expected to be better than it was. The run turned out to be the worst since late in the century before last.

Florida man finds a wallet with $3,400 inside and decides to....

Would you or would you not? That is the question. Whether to suffer the slings and arrows of being a wallet thief or to rise up — and return it. For some it's a question not so easily answered but earlier this month a Florida man got it right.

Instagram 19th service to pass one billion Android app installs

This week Instagram became the fourth online service app owned by Facebook to pass the one billion mark in Android app installs. Relatively speaking, it did not take Instagram all that long to get their, either.

Op-Ed: Health Minister Jane Philpott should resign after limo deception

With her recently exposed exorbitant travel expenses and attempts at a cover-up in the House of Commons, Health Minister Jane Philpott has placed her integrity under question. Not long on the job, she has already let us down.

Teenage girl calls 911 when parents 'force' her to go on vacation

A teenage girl from Mississauga, near Toronto, called 911 last week about an event that most of us would welcome — a vacation. She didn't want to go but Mom and Dad said she had to so, well, she reached out for help.
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