Author Archives: Contributor

‘It’s disgusting’: Alberta woman targeted by revenge porn breaks silence

Michelle Brown lives in fear that her children will discover an explicit photograph of her that she can’t erase from the internet. The St. Albert, Alta.-area woman, who shared her story with CBC News on the condition that her real name and identity be concealed, believes she is a victim of revenge porn. Explicit images of Brown were posted to ...

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45 years in the dirt: a wedding ring finds its way home

Bill Wilson was driving down a rural road near McCord, Sask., when a grasshopper flew into his vehicle and landed on his chest. He grabbed the insect and flung it out the window. A few minutes later, he realized his wedding ring was gone. That was around 45 years ago. Wilson, now 80, farmed near the small community, a little ...

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Quebec radiologists billing $3M annually for obsolete task

Quebec radiologists are routinely billing the provincial health insurance agency (RAMQ) for analyzing coronary angiograms, sometimes years after the procedures were carried out, Radio-Canada’s Enquête has learned. The interpretation of coronary angiograms was long ago made unnecessary by technological advances, according to Dr. Gilles Hudon, a radiologist at the Montreal Heart Institute for 40 years. Yet radiologists at many Quebec ...

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Halifax newlyweds recover charred marriage licence months after limo fire

Phil Mabley and Karine Matte were getting their wedding photos taken at Halifax’s Public Gardens on July 8, 2017, when their stretch limousine suddenly went up in flames. Their rings were not in the limo, but their marriage licence was, so the couple assumed it was gone for good. That is, until Monday, when someone contacted them over Facebook to say it had ...

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Governments grappling with how to keep pot bought online out of the hands of underage users

The Liberal government’s point man on pot legalization says strict safeguards will be put in place for home delivery of the drug once it is available for purchase online as planned. “If we’re going to use a mail delivery system, we have to make sure that that works, to make sure that this is not accessible to people underage,” Bill ...

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Getting the gear: With cod making a comeback, N.L. looks to Iceland for best ways to catch it

Labrador fisherman Alton Rumbolt is wide-eyed as he strolls around an exhibition room in Smarinn, Iceland. For a fan of fishing, the Icelandic Fisheries Exhibition is as big a draw as Detroit’s international auto show is for car lovers. ‘To come here and see how far they’re advanced, it’s a real eye opener.’ – Alton Rumbolt IceFish, as it’s known, ...

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Trudeau celebrates his second anniversary on the defensive: Aaron Wherry

As Justin Trudeau stood on a riser in a Montreal hotel ballroom on the night of Oct. 19, 2015, basking in the glow of victory, there was nothing to be said about the taxation of passive investment income, no questions about Bill Morneau’s stock portfolio or a villa in France. “Sunny ways, my friends,” the new prime minister said. “Sunny ways.” One ...

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Sears managers, execs will still pocket big cash bonuses even though retailer is closing

Sears Canada will pay a final $2.8 million in retention bonuses to 36 head office staff, even though the retailer’s restructuring efforts failed and the company is closing its doors. Promised bonuses were only supposed to be paid in full if the company found a way to survive. However, Sears got court approval on Wednesday to continue paying retention bonuses to ...

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Magnitsky human rights law, protections for journalists’ sources get royal assent

Two private member’s bills, one protecting journalists’ sources and another that allows Canada to get tough on human rights abusers, received royal assent Wednesday.  One of those laws is the so-called Magnitsky Act, the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act or Bill S-226. It allows the Canadian government to impose sanctions and travel bans on foreign officials responsible for gross human rights ...

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Calgary girl dubbed London the Magnificent makes famous magician cry

An aspiring Calgary magician’s letter to a famous entertainment duo is charming people around the world, after one half of Penn & Teller tweeted it to his two-million followers. Penn Jillette tweeted a photo of the letter — scrawled in pencil and adorned with drawings of playing cards and a rabbit in a hat — writing “Ever have the slightest question of why we do this? Hard ...

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