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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.

  • Prosecutors: Evidence Germanwings co-pilot hid illness, but no suicide note found

    Germanwings co-pilot Andreas Lubitz appears to have hidden evidence of an illness from his employers, including having been excused by a doctor from work the day he crashed a passenger plane into a mountain, prosecutors said Friday. Herrenbrueck didn't reveal details of what illness Lubitz was suffering from. Herrenbrueck said other medical documents found indicated "an existing illness and appropriate medical treatment," but that no suicide note was found.

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  • 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
  • French pilots suing over leaks about co-pilot in investigation of Germanwings plane crash

    France's leading pilots union said Friday it is filing a lawsuit over leaks about the investigation into the crash of a German jet into the French Alps. After leaks in the media about the crash, a prosecutor announced that cockpit recordings indicate the co-pilot of the Germanwings A320 jet intentionally flew the plane into a mountain. Guillaume Schmid of France's SNPL union told The Associated Press on Friday that the lawsuit is over violating a French law on keeping information about investigations secret while they are ongoing.

    The Canadian Press
  • Zayn Malik Breaks Silence After One Direction Exit: "I Feel Like I've Let the Fans Down"

    Talking to British newspaper The Sun for the first time since his shock departure from the chart-topping boy band, Malik says his main concern is for the fans, and reveals he only continued in One Direction for as long as he did because of them.

    Us Weekly
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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  • Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris Hang Out in Nashville — Could They Be Dating?! See the Pics

    Just a casual Whole Foods run or…not?! Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris were spotted grocery shopping together in Nashville on Wednesday, March 25. PHOTOS: Taylor Swift's high-profile flames The “Blank Space” singer, 25, and DJ, 31, were snapped talking

    Us Weekly
  • 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
  • Mental health issues rampant among Saami reindeer herders: CMWS presenter

    According to Partapuoli, the changes have had massive effects on their way of life, and one in three reindeer herders between the ages of 18 and 29 have considered suicide. There is little mental health support specific to the Saami, and reindeer herders often eschew seeking help as they feel it weakens their image.

    CBC
  • Watch Ilya Kovalchuk hack down Alex Radulov during KHL playoffs (Video)

    Radulov and CSKA took Game 1 on Thursday 3-0, but it wasn’t without a bit of controversy involving the former NHLers. Late in the third period, Kovalchuk and Radulov tangled in what appeared to be a little harmless contact as CSKA exited the SKA zone.

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  • 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
  • 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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  • 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
  • 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
  • Ontario Sunshine List 2015 to be released today

    The Public Salary Disclosure Act requires organizations that receive public funding from the Province of Ontario to disclose annually the names, positions, salaries and total taxable benefits of employees paid $100,000 or more in a calendar year. The act was brought in under the Mike Harris-led Progressive Conservative government in 1996. At the time, Harris said it served as an important check on the public payroll. If the list was adjusted for inflation since 1996, the real benchmark salary would now be around $145,000. The act applies to organizations such as the Government of Ontario, Crown agencies, municipalities, hospitals, public health boards, school boards, universities, colleges, Hydro One, Ontario Power Generation, and other public sector employers who receive a significant level of funding from the provincial government.

    CBC
  • 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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