Albertans won't take blame for province's financial woes

The opposition demands Jim Prentice apologize for 'profoundly insulting' Albertans as the #PrenticeBlamesAlbertans hashtag goes viral.

  • The Big Bang Theory's Tribute to Leonard Nimoy Is Understated and Perfect

    Leonard Nimoy's legacy will live long and prosper on The Big Bang Theory. The Star Trek actor, who died of end-stage COPD on Feb. 27 at age 83, was a major presence on the CBS sitcom — even though he never actually appeared on it in person. Jim Parsons' Sheldon Cooper idolized Nimoy, and frequently referenced his beloved Star Trek character Mr. Spock on the show.

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  • John Tory 'furious' about reported cost overruns in TTC construction

    Mayor John Tory is "furious" over cost and time overruns on the construction of the York-Spadina subway extension and he is vowing a wholesale change in the way the city operates. The TTC’s unfinished 8.6-kilometre subway extension from Downsview Station to York University and beyond to Vaughan is over budget, Tory said in a news conference at city hall on Friday afternoon. According to a report in the Toronto Star, the project is approximately $400-million over budget and possibly two years off-schedule.

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  • Dean Sheremet: The "Dumbest Thing" LeAnn Rimes Ever Did for Her Career "Was Divorce Me"

    Dean dishes all the dirt! Dean Sheremet gave a recent tell-all interview about his ex-wife LeAnn Rimes' infamous 2009 cheating scandal with Eddie Cibrian, describing the entire ordeal as a "f---ing disaster" to former Us Weekly staffer Natalie Thomas on her lifestyle blog, Nat's Next Adventure. Us Weekly was first to reveal that Rimes was having an affair with her married Northern Lights costar. "You know, it’s easy when you’re head over heels, especially so young, to fall completely in love and give yourself so freely," he reflected of his marriage.

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  • How to stop public urination: Make the walls pee back

    Public urinators in Hamburg, Germany’s St. Pauli district have been warned: It’s “peeback time.”The neighbourhood known for partying had a growing problem: drunks were relieving themselves on walls, home entrances and even on playgrounds. Fines and prohibitions

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  • Pair charged in alleged mass murder plot get new court date in April

    The Crown prosecutor leading the case against two people accused of plotting to shoot shoppers in a Halifax mall says police are still gathering evidence and she has yet to disclose much to defence lawyers almost three weeks after charges were laid. Speaking outside Halifax provincial court on Friday, Shauna MacDonald said lawyers representing 23-year-old Lindsay Kanittha Souvannarath of Geneva, Ill., and 20-year-old Randall Steven Shepherd of Halifax can expect to receive some files on Monday. Souvannarath and Shepherd, who both appeared in court Friday, were charged last month with conspiracy to commit murder.

    The Canadian Press 30 mins ago
  • To Explain Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight, ‘Rogue Pilot’ Seems Likeliest Theory

    The retired chief pilot of Malaysia Airlines is torn between logic and loyalty to an old friend. Nik Huzlan, 56, was one of the first captains to fly the 12-year-old Boeing 777 that disappeared over the Indian Ocean a year ago this Sunday.

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  • Jacques Turgeon, head of CHUM, says he quit over political interference

    Jacques Turgeon, the chief executive officer of Montreal's French-language university hospital network, the CHUM, says he is quitting because of political interference from Health Minister Gaétan Barrette​. The chairman of the CHUM's board, Jean-Claude Deschênes, also announced Friday at a news conference he was resigning over the matter. Turgeon said Barrette pressured him to select a certain candidate as the CHUM's chief of surgery.

  • Players union lawyer on NBA draft age limit: 'If they were white ... they would be out there playing'

    Ever since he took the reins of the NBA from David Stern on Feb. 1, 2014, Commissioner Adam Silver has identified raising the minimum age at which a prospect can enter the NBA draft as one of his top priorities. The current rule — which has been in place since 2005, when the players' union agreed to bar future high-schoolers from entering the draft in exchange for some financial concessions more beneficial to players who were already in the league — prevents a player from playing in the NBA until he's been eligible for at least one draft. Silver wants to increase it to 20, arguing that an "additional year of maturity" for players would improve the overall quality of the NBA game.

    Ball Don't Lie 53 mins ago
  • Kim Kardashian Channels a Cowgirl at Paris Fashion Week, Stops Traffic in French Capital

    Yeehaw! Kim Kardashian had yet another look to showcase in Paris on Thursday, March. 5, this time a cowgirl-inspired gold fringed ensemble which she wore to the Balmain dinner which followed their show at Paris Fashion Week. The reality TV star had already created some fashion waves in Paris.

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  • Iqaluit school closures in -50 windchill have some parents irked

    After a few days of warmer weather, when people in Iqaluit woke up yesterday they were facing temperatures as low as -50 with the windchill and another morning of school closures. The school closures have become a hotly-debated issue on social media. "Here, a lot of kids, you're seeing them get off the bus with just a hoodie and a pair of sneakers in -50," said Catherine Hoyt with the Iqaluit District Education Authority.

  • Former Dalhousie students pitch it big on Dragons’ Den with innovative alcohol bottles

    Two-and-a-half years ago, then Dalhousie University student and hopeful entrepreneur Daniel Bartek could only dream of pitching his product idea on CBC’s hit show Dragons’ Den. Last April, that dream became reality when Bartek, along with his co-founders Cam McDonald and Bobby Besant, got the chance to pitch their new company, Sage Mixology, which sells uniquely bottled alcohol that separates booze from juice so customers can enjoy a fresh cocktail from the comfort of their own homes. “It was a once in a lifetime opportunity,” Bartek said Thursday, less than a week before the episode goes to air. “At the end of the day I think we held our ground really well,” Bartek recalled.

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  • Snuggie seller Allstar Marketing to pay $8 million to settle charges it deceived customers

    The company behind Snuggie, Perfect Bacon Bowl and other "As Seen on TV" products has agreed to pay $8 million to settle charges that it deceived customers. The Federal Trade Commission says Allstar Marketing Group promised customers buy-one-get-one free promotions, but they were still charged for the items in the form of high shipping costs. Allstar will pay $7.5 million to the FTC to create a fund that will be used for customer refunds.

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  • Email data hack in U.S. leads to arrest of Canadian

    Three people, including two Vietnamese citizens and one Canadian, have been accused of being involved in hacking email service providers south of the border, the U.S. Department of Justice says. The email hacking was one of the largest reported data breaches in U.S. history, the Department of Justice said in a statement released Friday. "These men — operating from Vietnam, the Netherlands, and Canada — are accused of carrying out the largest data breach of names and email addresses in the history of the internet," said the Department of Justice's assistant attorney General Caldwell.

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  • Scholarship reductions the punishment Syracuse will feel most

    The most damaging part of the NCAA's punishment of Syracuse isn't the suspension of Jim Boeheim, the elimination of more than 100 of his wins or the meaningless postseason ban during a year when the Orange weren't going to make the NCAA tournament anyway. Taking away so many scholarships is the wound that will actually bleed. The NCAA will reduce the number of scholarships Syracuse can use by three for four consecutive seasons beginning either for the 2015-16 year or the year after depending on the school's preference.

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  • First polar bear hunt unforgettable for Labrador woman

    Sherri Wolfrey of Rigolet had no problems taking pictures of the first polar bear she has ever seen, but when the Labrador woman raised her rifle to kill the massive carnivore, she just couldn't do it.

  • Zebra Centre support dog helps child witness testify

    It’s the first time a judge in Edmonton has granted an application for a support dog to sit inside a courtroom — likely only the second time in Canada. Yellow labradors Wren and Fossey volunteer with the Zebra Child Protection Centre, where city police and RCMP officers work with other  agencies that respond to allegations of child abuse. “They’re amazing,” said Ashley Hardy, who brings the dogs to meetings with victims and their families.

  • Interview: Shania Twain explains why her upcoming tour really will be her last

    TORONTO - During her two-year residency and revitalization in the desert, Shania Twain arrived at a crossroads that's familiar to many who venture to the Las Vegas Strip: she couldn't decide whether it was time to quit."I thought the Las Vegas show would

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  • 28 Million-Year-Old Fossil Human Jaw Of The 'First Human' Found In Ethiopia

    A team of scientists has discovered a rare human jaw fossil in Ethiopia, which is believed to date back to 2.8 million years ago. The fossil is believed to belong to the oldest identified member of the human family, Homo habilis, and a predecessor of the modern-day Homo sapiens. According to the scientists, the newly discovered artefact is a key link that could solve the puzzle of evolutionary gap that exists between the apelike human ancestors and the modern human. The latest fossil, called LD 350-1, is the biggest milestone achieved in the fossil discovery after a fossil dating back to 2.3 million years was found.

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  • Oil falls as dollar spikes on US jobs data and rate hike fears

    By Barani Krishnan NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil fell on Friday as the dollar surged on bets of a near-term rate hike from strong U.S. jobs growth, offsetting an early run up in crude prices on worries about Libyan and Iraq supplies. A stronger dollar makes oil, quoted and traded in the greenback, costlier for holders of the euro and other currencies. "The strong jobs numbers are a bit of a double-edged sword for oil, as they denote a better economy while raising the specter of the first U.S. rate hike in years," said Phil Flynn, analyst at the Price Futures Group in Chicago.

  • Windsor library woman fired by employer,says lawyer for U.S. webcam sex provider

    The woman who made raunchy sex shows for an online audience in public places, believed to include public libraries in Windsor, Ont., has been fired by her employer. Lawyer Lawrence Walters of Walters Law Group in Longwood, Fla., says the woman was a contract model for website Police say they are confident some of the videos were shot at Windsor library branches, and that the woman would cover up when people walked past.

    The Canadian Press