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  • Quebec resident Alain Philippon charged at border for not giving up phone password

    The case of a Quebec man charged with obstructing border officials by refusing to give up his smartphone password has raised a new legal question in Canada, a law professor says. Alain Philippon, 38, of Ste-Anne-des-Plaines, Que., refused to divulge his cellphone password to Canada Border Services Agency during a customs search Monday night at Halifax Stanfield International Airport. Rob Currie, director of the Law and Technology Institute at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, said that under Canadian law, travellers crossing the Canadian border have a reduced expectation of privacy.

    CBC
  • Kristin Cavallari Calls Out NFL Player Kyle Long After He Says Olivia Munn is Hotter

    This WAG is wagging her finger no! Kristin Cavallari called out her husband's teammate Kyle Long via Twitter on Wednesday, Mar. 4, after the NFL player implied that Olivia Munn was hotter. Long, 26, hosted an informal Twitter Q&A after fans who were worried that the Chicago Bears guard and Jay Cutler's teammate would be traded to the Philadelphia Eagles.

    Us Weekly
  • Pregnant Kate Middleton Baby-Proofed Her Entire Beauty Routine: Find Out Which Products She's Using Now

    The baby's almost here, and this royal beauty's glowing brighter than ever! Kate Middleton is seven months along in her pregnancy, and naturally, the Duchess of Cambridge is doing all that she can to keep the baby healthy while still keeping up a flawless

    Us Weekly
  • Bell blames Manitoba customer for not noticing billing error

    Jeremy Bender wishes he’d paid more attention to his. The Birds Hill, Man. man says he recently realized he’d been  paying $15 a month for a PVR that he was told was included free-of-charge when he signed a two-year subscriber contract with Bell in April 2013. “Yeah, I should have caught it,” Bender said in an interview, acknowledging he should have read the bill more closely.

    CBC
  • Seinfeld Reunion! Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, and Michael Richards Will Make You Want to Grab a Cup of Coffee and Some Soup

    Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, and Michael Richards, who played Jerry, George Costanza, and Cosmo Kramer on Seinfeld reunited at a charity event on March 4 -- see the pics!

    Us Weekly
  • Jim Prentice comment spurs #PrenticeBlamesAlbertans hashtag

    Speaking on CBC's Alberta@Noon Wednesday, Premier Jim Prentice told host Donna McElligott that "in terms of who is responsible, we need only look in the mirror. “I don’t think [Prentice] intended it to come out the way it’s been spun by the opposition, but he’s given them incredible fodder to work with,” he said Thursday morning.

    CBC
  • Trial delayed for woman accused of committing indecent act on aircraft

    The trial of a 25-year-old woman accused of committing an indecent act on a Toronto-to-Halifax flight has been delayed because her lawyer is ill. Alicia Elizabeth Lander has pleaded not guilty to committing an indecent act, assaulting a police officer, committing an act of mischief and causing a disturbance at Halifax Stanfield International Airport on Jan. 24, 2014. Jason George Chase had pleaded not guilty to committing an indecent act, but he later changed his plea to guilty and waived his right to a trial.

    The Canadian Press
  • Dr. Saira Malik's former patients not surprised by reprimand

    In addition to the reprimand, Dr. Saira Malik will have to take a record keeping course, complete a program to address her "disrespectful style and generally unprofessional behaviour," and take part in an audit that will review deficiencies.

    CBC
  • The apps Edward Snowden recommends to protect your privacy online

    There are a host of free, easy-to-use apps and programs that can help protect your privacy online, and if everybody uses them it can provide a sort of "herd immunity" said Edward Snowden in a live video chat from Russia on Wednesday. Snowden appeared via teleconference in an event hosted by Ryerson University and Canadian Journalists For Expression, to launch the CJFE's online database that compiles all of the publicly released classified documents the former U.S. National Security Agency contractor leaked. In response to a Twitter question,Snowden expanded on what tools he recommends for privacy. "You need to ensure your communications are protected in transit," said Snowden.

    CBC
  • Alberta wages almost 25% higher than Canadian average

    Wages have been frozen. Public sector workers, like teachers and nurses, are on high alert as the provincial government makes increasingly loud noises about reopening their contracts to cut pay. According to Statistics Canada numbers out last week, the average weekly wage in Alberta was $1,163 last year, 23 per cent higher than the national average.

    CBC
  • Youth shoots himself outside school in Saskatchewan hamlet

    A tiny francophone community in Saskatchewan is reeling after a youth fatally shot himself outside the local school. RCMP said Wednesday morning an initial investigation has revealed that a boy under the age of 18 died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound outside of École St. Isidore in the hamlet of St. Isidore-de-Bellevue.

    CBC
  • Investigation launched after remains of 2 babies found above ceiling at Indiana funeral home

    The remains of two mummified or skeletonized babies have been found tucked inside small boxes above ceiling tiles in a northwestern Indiana funeral home, investigators said. Gary police and the Lake County coroner on Wednesday removed the bodies of a stillborn and a newborn from Smith, Bizzell and Warner Funeral Home. The other baby was younger and had no documentation, Lake County Coroner Merrilee Frey said.

    The Canadian Press 59 mins ago
  • Embarrassment For Prince At Elephant Sanctuary

    Prince William's trip to China has ended with embarrassment after he visited an animal sanctuary where elephants are forced to perform for tourists nearby. At the same moment that the Prince was being photographed with an elephant, others were waiting in enclosures less than a mile away with their legs shackled. The Prince is in Yunnan Province on the last leg of his tour of China.

    Sky News
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  • Chemical fire at Vancouver's port prompts evacuation, health warnings

    A chemical fire at a Vancouver container terminal led to a partial evacuation of Canada's largest port for several hours Wednesday afternoon, as a cloud of white smoke drifting over the city prompted health warnings and road closures. About 65 firefighters, including crews from two fire boats and hazardous materials teams, battled the blaze at one point, surrounding the flames even from above with three pieces of aerial equipment that were 33-metres tall, said Ron Coulson of Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services. A large cloud of white smoke could be seen lifting off a collection of multicoloured shipping containers.

    The Canadian Press
  • Layoffs at Alberta Innovates, dropping oil prices to blame

    Scott Lundy, spokesperson for the organization, said staff were escorted out of the building. Lundy said the dwindling price of oil was a factor in the layoffs. Lundy said Alberta Innovates and Technology Futures is currently restructuring and that no further layoffs are expected.

    CBC
  • Kelly Clarkson Won't Be Fat Shamed, Tells British Twitter Troll "I'm Awesome"

    Clarkson, who gave birth to her first child River Rose in June last year, appeared on the British TV programme The Graham Norton Show in February, and renowned criticizer (and also the so-called Most Hated Woman in Britain) Katie Hopkins decided she had the right to comment on the singer's appearance. "Jesus, what happened to Kelly Clarkson? "Look chubsters, Kelly Clarkson had a baby a year ago.

    Us Weekly
  • 10 things McDonald’s won’t tell you

    Ah, McDonald’s, the place where we feast upon Big Macs, Egg McMuffins and even the occasional sweet chili chicken McWrap. In the U.S., the fast-food chain, founded in 1948, boasts by far the largest annual restaurant sales--almost triple the volume of Subway, its nearest competitor, according to QSR magazine, a trade publication for the industry.

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  • Security guard involved in fatal McDonald’s shooting faces police scrutiny, possible charges

    The security guard at the centre of the double-fatal shooting at a Toronto McDonald’s is assisting police in their investigation, but faces intense scrutiny and possible criminal charges surrounding the use of his firearm. Security expert Chris Menary, author of The Canadian Security Professionals Guide, said police will examine every aspect of the shooting, including whether the guard was following the strict rules that govern the use of firearms by licensed security workers. “Unless he was dropping cash there, he is going to have a real hard sell as to why he pulled his firearm unless the men tried to get his firearm or pulled a knife on him, because Ontario has strict rules for storage and use,” Menary said in an interview with Yahoo Canada News.

    Daily Brew
  • Cyclist Christopher Beaulieu killed while training south of Edmonton

    A cyclist training for an upcoming bicycle tour was killed Monday, Feb. 23 when he was struck on a rural road near Leduc. Christopher Beaulieu, 21, was riding on Range Road 252 near Highway 19 at around 6:30 p.m. when he was hit from behind by a small pickup truck. Beaulieu was an experienced cyclist who always rode with bike lights, Michael Kalmanovitch with the Edmonton Bicycle Commuters Society said in a news release.

    CBC