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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.

  • 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
  • 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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  • 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
  • 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
  • Man charged with beating girlfriend, drugging and raping another woman

    A 31-year-old Ottawa man is facing charges of drugging and raping a woman on the same day he allegedly assaulted his pregnant, live-in girlfriend, causing the pregnancy to end. In one incident — involving the man's pregnant, live-in girlfriend, according to a police source — the man is charged with aggravated assault, obstructing a police officer and breach of probation, court documents say. The source said the woman was pregnant, that the pregnancy had not yet reached full term, and that the fetus died inside the woman after the alleged assault.

    CBC
  • How Germanwings co-pilot Lubitz locked his captain out of the cockpit

    Killer co-pilot Andreas Lubitz used this safety system designed after the 9/11 terror attacks to crash the Germanwings Airbus after his captain took a toilet break leaving him alone on the flight deck.

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  • 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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  • Jenelle Evans Says She Weighs 108 Pounds: What Are the Teen Mom 2 Star's Weight Loss Secrets?

    Evans and her fiancé Nathan Griffith welcomed their son Kaiser back in June, and she slipped back into a bikini soon after. “Had an amazing day with the kids! Weather was simply amazing and they loved taking a walk on the pier!” Evans tweeted on March 21 along with a series of photos of baby Kaiser and her older son Jace, 5.

    Us Weekly
  • Dean Smith left $200 to all his ex-players for 'a dinner out'

    Michael Jordan's next dinner out will be the rare time when someone else picks up the check.   North Carolina basketball's wealthiest alum received the same gift from Dean Smith as every other former varsity letterman who played for the legendary Tar

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  • Alberta Budget 2015: 5 things you need to know

    After six years of consecutive deficits, the province is projecting to have a surplus of $248 million this year. The province says Alberta spends about $1,300 more per capita than the national average. The government vows to reduce the revenue gap three ways: $1.9 billion reduction in spending, $1.5 billion in new revenue and $4 billion from the province's contingency fund.

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  • Ben Stiller: Joan Rivers and I Never Made Amends Before Her Death, "She Didn't Like Me"

    Joan Rivers wasn't shy about her dislike for fellow comedian Ben Stiller — she once called him an "arrogant, lucky guy" — and though they never got a chance to make amends before her death last year, he says he has no hard feelings about their years-old rift. The Zoolander 2 actor, 49, was chatting with Howard Stern on Wednesday, March 25, when the shock jock brought up the late Fashion Police host, who died at age 81 in September.

    Us Weekly
  • Accountant doubts source of $1M that Sterling friend claims she contributed to house cost

    An accountant who dug through the finances of billionaire Donald Sterling to track payments he made to a girlfriend ridiculed the woman's claim about the source of $1 million contribution she made to purchase her house. Jay Shapiro testified Thursday that he had traced all the funds to Sterling and found it unbelievable that V. Stiviano's friends and family gave her small bills that she squirreled away in a drawer to save up for the $1.8 million duplex. Shapiro testified in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of Sterling's once-estranged wife who is seeking return of millions of dollars in gifts, including the house, Ferrari and designer clothes, that she said the younger woman swindled from community property the couple amassed over 60 years of marriage.

    The Canadian Press
  • Eastern Health fires 3 employees after patient death at Waterford Hospital

    Three people are no longer employed by Eastern Health after an investigation into a patient death earlier this month revealed policies and procedures were not followed.  A patient died on the forensic unit of the Waterford Hospital on March 13. 

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  • 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.

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  • Three Periods: The tanking paradox; dramatic drop in power plays; NHL notes

    “As a player,” said Coyotes captain Shane Doan, “there is not a chance in anything that I ever want to be last. “It’s a tough thing to do, to let go of things that happen and move forward and try to get better.

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  • Lost Romanian children ask City police for taxi home at 3am

    The children, aged 12, 14 and 17, told officers they lived with their parents 130 miles away Nottingham - and then asked for a taxi to take them home and a meal from McDonalds, an officer revealed.

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  • 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
  • Transport minister issues edict requiring two crew members in cockpit

    Effective immediately, any Canadian airline carrying passengers will be required to have two crew members in the cockpit at all times, Transport Minister Lisa Raitt said Thursday. "If you're carrying passengers, this is going to apply to you," Raitt said in a surprise announcement outside the House of Commons. Raitt said the directive requires two members of the cabin crew — not necessarily both licensed pilots — to be on the flight deck at all times.

    The Canadian Press
  • Poet who fled the Nazis was knifed to death by her stepson

    Writer Anne Cluysenaar, 78, who fled to Britain just before the outbreak of Second World War, was murdered by Timothy Jackson at her home in Usk, South Wales.

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  • Whitney Bischoff Reveals She Froze Her Eggs at 27 Before Meeting Bachelor Chris Soules

    "I just felt it would be silly for me not to take the opportunity when it was handed to me," she explained on GMA. Bischoff made the decision two years before she met and fell in love with Soules, the star of the 19th season of The Bachelor. Soules, 33, proposed to Bischoff on the season finale of The Bachelor, which aired earlier this month, and she joked soon after about the adorable babies the two would make.

    Us Weekly