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'Food insecurity' a problem in parts of Canada

According to a new report, about 1.1 million Canadians say they didn't have enough food in 2012 with households in Nunavut suffering most.

  • Woman whose recording led to sale of LA Clippers testifies of love for ex-owner, hate for wife

    The woman whose recording of Donald Sterling cost him the Los Angeles Clippers was forced Thursday to answer questions about recordings in which she and the billionaire discussed how to hide a house he bought her. Several of the 500 recordings V. Stiviano made during a nearly four-year relationship with Sterling were played in Los Angeles Superior Court in his wife's lawsuit to reclaim millions of dollars he lavished on the younger woman. Donald Sterling foresaw the trouble the gifts posed for Stiviano, pointing out in one recording that they were community property — owned jointly by him and his wife of nearly 60 years.

    The Canadian Press
  • With grandmother prison-bound, Alabama prosecutors turn to stepmom in girl's running death

    With the grandmother of a girl who was run to death headed to prison for life, authorities are now turning their attention to the stepmother who they say did nothing to help the child. Jurors recommended life imprisonment without parole Thursday for the grandmother, Joyce Hardin Garrard, who was convicted of capital murder in the February 2012 death of 9-year-old Savannah Hardin. Etowah County Circuit Judge Billy Ogletree could still reject the jurors' suggestion and sentence the woman to death, but the chance seemed more remote after prosecutors said they would accept the jury's recommendation at the final sentencing hearing, set for May 11.

    The Canadian Press
  • China 'seriously concerned' by Philippine's building in South China Sea

    China's Foreign Ministry expressed serious concern on Friday after the Philippines said it would resume repair and reconstruction works on disputed islands in the South China Sea, saying Manila was infringing on Chinese sovereignty. The Philippines had halted activities last year over concerns about the effect on an international arbitration complaint filed against China. Manila called on all countries last October to stop construction work on small islands and reefs in the South China Sea, most of which is claimed by China.

    Reuters
  • Ignoring pilot and passengers' screams, Germanwings co-pilot deliberately destroyed plane

    Andreas Lubitz's "intention (was) to destroy this plane," Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin said, laying out the horrifying conclusions French investigators reached after listening to the final minutes of Tuesday's Flight 9525 from the plane's black box voice data recorder. The inquiry is instead focusing on the co-pilot's "personal, family and professional environment" to try to determine why he did it, Robin said. The prosecutor said Lubitz did not say a word as he manually set the plane on an eight-minute descent into the craggy French mountainside that pulverized the plane.

    The Canadian Press
  • Andorra to create 'bad bank' to group BPA toxic assets

    By Carlos Ruano MADRID (Reuters) - Andorra will create a 'bad bank' to group the assets of Banca Privada d'Andorra (BPA) linked to illicit activity, it said late on Thursday, as the principality battles to rebuild the reputation of its banking system. Andorra, a small mountainous state whose economy relies heavily on financial services, took control of BPA this month after the U.S. Department of the Treasury said it was a channel for laundering the profits of international criminal gangs. "We are setting up a good bank/bad bank scheme," he said, adding that next week the state would pass bank restructuring legislation to speed up the resolution of the BPA crisis.

    Reuters
  • Rumer's 'DWTS' Inner-Beyonce

    Rumer Willis might soon have the unstoppable power of the Beyhive behind her in the ballroom with her latest confession on Access Hollywood Live ! "I try to just think about having a good time and I was trying to channel my inner-Beyonce real hard that night," she said of her "DWTS" debut that has many people calling her a frontrunner.

    Access Hollywood
  • Filing: Detroit girl says mother killed her siblings, made her put sister's body in freezer

    A teenager told authorities that her mother killed two siblings and forced her to put one of the bodies in the freezer of their Detroit home where both were found by an eviction crew. Details of death and extreme abuse emerged Thursday as Mitchelle Blair appeared in court, two days after the bodies of a 9-year-old son, Stephen Berry, and 13-year-old daughter, Stoni Blair, were discovered. Blair, 35, is charged with child abuse, but she could face murder charges when the bodies thaw and autopsies are performed, prosecutors said.

    The Canadian Press
  • Best before dates and expiry dates: 5 things you may not know

    Steak, eggs, canned soup — all kinds of fridge and pantry staples have a best before date on the packaging. People often confuse best before dates with expiration dates, but the two labels tell consumers very different things. "It's confusing," says Ellie Topp, a professional home economist. "[The best before] date has nothing to do with the safety of the food. Here are five things you may not know about expiration and best before dates.

    CBC
  • Buckingham Palace comes calling for origins of Canada's Windsors

    Officials from Buckingham Palace could soon be calling Canadian cities and towns named Windsor. England’s Royal Collection Trust, which is responsible for the care of the Royal Collection and manages the public opening of the official residences of the Queen, will publish a book on the history of Windsor Castle in 2016. Windsor Castle is the Queen's summer and weekend retreat.

    CBC
  • St. John's woman finds long 'snake-like critter' in almond milk

    Wanita Bates said she was clearing space in her refrigerator last weekend, and decided to toss out the last quarter of the carton of almond milk on its best-before date. "To me, for all intents and purposes, it looks like a snake-like critter," she said. Both the maker, California-based Blue Diamond, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency plan to pick up samples for testing.

    CBC
  • New Ontario real estate rules to take some of the nuttiness out of bidding wars

    It’s tough to know how often this happens, but with interest rates still rock-bottom and bidding wars turning post-war bungalows into million-dollar properties, the Ontario government is bringing in new rules to crack down on unethical real estate agents that try to pump up housing prices with “phantom” offers. “It’s all in the context of these bidding wars, and the idea is a potential buyer knowing ‘am I in competition, and how many people am I in competition with?’” says Bruce Matthews, deputy registrar of the Real Estate Council ofOntario (RECO), which oversees real estate agents and is responsible for enforcing the new rules. Matthews says misleading a bidder as to the number or existence of rivals is already against the rules, but that the new standards will essentially force realtors to keep better records that can then be used to confirm that a purchase was above board.

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  • Francis Boucher back in custody after walking out of Montreal jail

    Francis Boucher, who walked out of a Montreal jail on Monday, was back in custody early Friday after turning himself in to authorities. The son of former Hells Angels boss Maurice (Mom) Boucher surrendered while accompanied by his lawyer, Dimitrios Strapatsas. Boucher, 39, a former member of the Rockers, a Hells puppet gang, had walked out of Montreal's Bordeaux jail in broad daylight Monday.

    The Canadian Press
  • Kelly Rowland Reveals How She Lost 70 Pounds Four Months After Welcoming Son Titan

    Burning off the baby weight! Kelly Rowland put a lot of hard work into getting the post-baby body she has now. The singer revealed how she dropped a whopping 70 pounds just four months after welcoming her son Titan during an interview on Thursday, Mar. 26. Rowland slimmed down with the help of some great trainers.

    Us Weekly
  • Details of victims in the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525 from Barcelona to Duesseldorf

    The victims included two babies, schoolchildren going home from an exchange visit, a pair of acclaimed German opera singers and a member of an Argentine rock band, three generations of the same family, a vacationing mother and son, a recently married couple, people on business trips and others going home. Germanwings said 144 passengers and six crew members were on board its plane that crashed Tuesday in the French Alps on its way from Barcelona to Duesseldorf. The students and their teachers were returning from an exchange program in Spain.

    The Canadian Press
  • Apple's Tim Cook will give away all his money: Fortune

    Fortune magazine cited the head of the world's largest technology corporation as saying he planned to donate his estimated $785 million fortune to charity - after paying for his 10-year-old nephew's college education. "You want to be the pebble in the pond that creates the ripples for change," Cook told the magazine. Fortune estimated Cook's net worth, based on his holdings of Apple stock, at about $120 million.

    Reuters
  • Calgary beer matriarch Manjit Minhas joins Dragons' Den

    The CEO of Calgary's Minhas Micro Brewery is the newest dragon in the den. Manjit Minhas, 34, is one of three entrepreneurs joining the new season of the CBC reality TV show. Dragons have to put up their own money to back the ideas pitched on the show.

    CBC
  • Ontario's children's advocate wants inquest into 12-year-old's suicide

    Ontario's provincial advocate for children and youth wants the provincial coroner to launch an inquest into the death of a 12-year-old  boy from Cobourg who committed suicide in August after years of intervention from nine different children's mental health services and agencies. "How does that 12-year-old boy end up hanging from a tree?" Ontario's youth advocate Irwin Elman said to the fifth estate, as part of its investigation into the death of Chazz Petrella seven months ago.

    CBC
  • Woman follows wild lynx around outside mall in Terrace Bay, Ont. and calls it kitty

    This could be the ultimate cat video. A northern Ontario woman who came upon a wild lynx outside her shop captured the encounter on video and posted it to YouTube, drawing both awe and ridicule from online commentators. Beth-Ann Colebourne, 31, says the chance meeting happened Tuesday evening outside her nail salon in Terrace Bay, Ont., about 225 km east of Thunder Bay in northern Ontario. Colebourne says she didn’t feel threatened by the animal and made sure she gave it room to get away, but her calls of “Kitty, kitty, kitty” and “What’s up buddy, what are you doing?” had some commentators questioning her sanity.

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  • Christina Hendricks Ignores Dress Code in Emerald Green Dress (With a Surprise Twist!) at Mad Men Premiere

    To premiere the final seven episodes of Mad Men at the Black & Red Ball in L.A. on Wednesday, March 25, Christina Hendricks not only broke the dress code, but also stunned in a dress with a fun twist: Its skirt was removable! While her costars, January Jones and Kiernan Shipka, kept to the night's color theme, Hendricks, 39, opted to walk the red carpet in an emerald-hued statement Zac Posen dress. Since wrapping filming on Mad Men, which required her to keep her hair red, Hendricks has been able to return to her flaxen-haired roots.

    Us Weekly
  • Maple Leafs look for positives in another loss in a season gone horribly wrong

    It's baby steps for the Maple Leafs these days when it comes to good news. The latest defeat — Toronto's seventh straight — came Thursday in a 4-1 setback at the hands of the Florida Panthers. Brandon Pirri scored twice and Robert Luongo made 24 saves as the Panthers (34-26-14) kept their slim playoff hopes alive while adding to the Leafs' seemingly endless misery.

    The Canadian Press