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Canada's largest school board stops booking new US travel

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:20:42 UT

TORONTO (AP) — Canada's largest school board will no longer book any trips to the U.S. because of fears students might have trouble at the border due to travel restrictions enacted by President Donald Trump. The Toronto District School board said that for now, it will move forward with the 25 U.S. trips involving about 900 students that have already been approved, but said the entire group will turn back if any students with appropriate documentation are turned away. Judges in the U.S. have ruled against Trump's revised travel ban against six Muslim-majority countries, temporarily blocking it from taking effect. [...] the Ottawa-Carleton District school board sent a letter to parents to confirm whether their children would participate in upcoming trips across the border to determine whether plans should go ahead.



Activists seek to intervene in Nebraska Keystone XL review

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:19:14 UT

(AP) — Activists who want to derail the Keystone XL pipeline in Nebraska are again mobilizing to try to make their case to a small state commission that will decide the project's fate. Opponents asked the Nebraska Public Service Commission Wednesday to let them intervene in the case, allowing them to file legal briefs, cross-examine witnesses and present formal arguments alongside pipeline developer TransCanada's attorneys. Keystone opposition group Bold Nebraska contends that opponents have an interest as taxpayers and consumers of the state's water, among other roles, said executive director Linda Anderson. The commission had received less than 50 applications just before the 5 p.m. deadline, including some from pipeline supporters, said agency spokeswoman Deb Collins. According to a 2014 report by the U.S. State Department, Keystone XL would support about 42,100 jobs, including about 3,900 workers directly involved in construction.



The Latest: Groups seek to intervene in Keystone XL review

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:10:03 UT

Linda Anderson of Bold Nebraska says her pipeline opposition group will argue that opponents have an interest as taxpayers and consumers of the state's water. Opponents on Wednesday will ask the Nebraska Public Service Commission to let them intervene in the case, allowing them to file legal briefs, cross-examine witnesses and present formal arguments alongside attorneys for pipeline developer TransCanada. Linda Anderson of Bold Nebraska says her pipeline opposition group will argue that opponents have an interest as taxpayers and consumers of the state's water.



Man in same-sex child custody case gets 3 years in prison

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:46:00 UT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A Virginia businessman convicted of international parental kidnapping and conspiracy for his role in a same-sex couple's child custody fight was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison. Lawyers for Zodhiates, the owner of a direct mail business that serves conservative Christian groups, denied that he was trying to obstruct the other mother's parental rights by helping Miller, who became an evangelical Christian after dissolving her civil union with Janet Jenkins in Vermont. A fourth defendant, Kenneth Miller, a Mennonite pastor from Stuarts Draft, Virginia, was convicted of international parental kidnapping in Vermont in 2012 and is serving a 27-month prison sentence.



Passed-out pilot in Canada pleads guilty to being impaired

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:36:50 UT

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — A pilot who passed out in a cockpit before a scheduled flight in Canada pleaded guilty Tuesday to being impaired while in control of an aircraft. A statement of facts agreed to by the prosecution and defense and read in court said police saw his pilot's wings were attached upside down on his uniform and a maid discovered an empty bottle of vodka in his hotel room. When Gronych got on the plane around 7 a.m., the court was told, he struggled to hang up his coat, was slurring his words and was staggering. When the co-pilot suggested Gronych was impaired and should leave the plane, "he seemed very nonchalant and said 'OK, if that's what you feel.'" But Gronych returned to the cockpit, sat in the pilot's chair and appeared to pass out "resting his face on the window," the statement said. The statement said passengers on the plane were told the pilot had suddenly become ill, but some had already seen him and suspected he was drunk. Members of a flight crew are prohibited under Canadian aviation regulations from working within eight hours of consuming alcohol or while under the influence of alcohol. After Gronych was charged, the Canadian Federal Pilots Association said Transport Canada should be responsible for checking the credentials of foreign pilots instead of leaving it to air operators.



Immigrants increasingly flowing across US border into Canada

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:49:00 UT

Some refugees have said they wanted to come north due to fears that asylum will be harder to obtain in the United States under President Donald Trump, citing anti-Muslim campaign rhetoric. [...] Canadian Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen told Parliament Monday the political atmosphere in the U.S. isn't what's driving them. Opposition Conservative lawmaker Tony Clement urged the Liberal government in Parliament on Tuesday to "regain control of our borders."



Researchers plan manned 2018 expedition to Titanic

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 15:46:01 UT

Experts from Woods Hole say they hope to generate a 3D photographic model of the wreck using modern subsea imaging technology. The doomed British luxury liner sank on April 15, 1912, after striking an iceberg on its maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York City, killing more than 1,500 people.



Canada pays compensation to 3 Canadians tortured in Syria

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 22:52:47 UT

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The Canadian government apologized on Friday to three Canadians who were tortured in Syria and said it had paid them compensation to settle lawsuits. An inquiry in 2008 led by former Supreme Court justice Frank Iacobucci found that Canadian officials contributed to the torture of the three men by sharing information with foreign agencies. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland apologized to the men "for any role Canadian officials may have played in relation to their detention and mistreatment abroad and any resulting harm."



Former Guantanamo prisoner has 19-hour surgery in Canada

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 02:08:06 UT

The Canadian-born Khadr was 15 when he was captured by U.S. troops following a firefight at a suspected al-Qaida compound in Afghanistan that resulted in the death of an American special forces medic, U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Christopher Speer. Khadr, who was suspected of throwing the grenade that killed Speer, was taken to Guantanamo and ultimately charged with war crimes by a military commission.



Lefties, techies long at odds in SF, team up against Trump

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 22:33:19 UT

San Francisco's Mission District, once an immigrant enclave in the country's heartland of radicalism that is increasingly populated by people like him — successful tech workers driving up rents while enjoying a daily commute to Silicon Valley on luxury motor coaches. In the place that fought against the Vietnam War and for gay rights and, more recently, has been roiled by dissent over the technology industry's impact on economic inequality, an unlikely alliance has formed in the left's resistance against Trump. [...] think back, not so long ago, to the raucous rallies to block those fancy buses shuttling tech workers from city neighborhoods to the Silicon Valley campuses of Yahoo, Facebook, Apple and Google, where Berland once worked. [...] improbable partnerships scramble the historical protest model that used to pit working-class people against everyone else, said Rory McVeigh, director of the Center for the Study of Social Movements at the University of Notre Dame. If all politics is personal, as the saying goes, the moment it got personal for the tech industry was when the Trump administration imposed its initial travel ban on immigrants and refugees from seven majority Muslim nations. The industry prides itself on its openness to immigrants, who comprise about one-quarter of the U.S. technology and science workforce and include the founders of iconic institutions. "People in Silicon Valley, it's really hard to get them excited about things that aren't technical," said Anita Rosen, a technology project manager who has started an activist group in the Valley suburb of Mountain View. [...] Pickard launched DeBug Politics, a series of hackathons where teams of software engineers create apps to fight Trump and get more people involved in politics. Winning products include a Chrome browser extension that points viewers to news that doesn't match their ideological viewpoint, and a tool that allows people to u



Girl Guides of Canada cancel US trips over Trump order

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 21:48:54 UT

TORONTO (AP) — The Girl Guides of Canada are cancelling all travel to the United States because of fears girls might have trouble at the border due to travel restrictions enacted by President Donald Trump. A temporary travel ban by Trump on citizens from six Muslim-majority countries also has Canadian schools concerned with how foreign-born students will be treated at the border. [...] the Ottawa-Carleton District school board sent a letter to parents to confirm whether their children would participate in upcoming trips across the border to determine whether plans should go ahead.



AP PHOTOS: San Francisco's decades long history of protest

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 14:09:07 UT

[...] activists have targeted gentrification fueled by tech workers who've been flooding into the picturesque neighborhoods, driving up rents and evictions and making it the priciest city in the country. Liberals have started trying to join activists' street tactics and passion with the expertise — and money — of the technology industry.




Missouri kayaker begins world record attempt in Michigan

Sat, 11 Mar 2017 18:10:32 UT

Missouri kayaker begins world record attempt in Michigan If all goes according to plan, Martin will be back in Port Huron sometime in August before heading south on the St. Clair River and bound for the lower Great Lakes. Martin, who has rheumatoid arthritis, also wants to inspire those who have chronic illnesses to continue doing what they love. Lacks Enterprises sales manager Dane Fortney said the company is sponsoring Martin.



Canada, US seeking answers on refugee influx

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 23:00:26 UT

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Canada's public safety minister said Friday after meeting with U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly that both countries have resolved to gather "hard facts" about a recent influx of would-be refugees into Canada. Emergency responders and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are struggling to deal with people crossing the undefended border between Emerson, Manitoba, and Pembina, North Dakota, in harsh winter weather. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday that his Liberal Party government had been working with the Trump administration "to ensure that Canadians' rights are respected and that we continue to have the smooth flow of goods, services and people back and forth across our border." In a letter to Cabinet members, including Goodale, privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien says Canada should be added to a list of designated countries under the Judicial Redress Act passed by the U.S. Congress last year.



Canada's 'Prince of Pot' arrested in Toronto

Thu, 9 Mar 2017 22:43:42 UT

Marc Emery faces 15 counts, including conspiracy to commit an indictable offense, trafficking, possession for the purpose of trafficking, and possession of proceeds of crime, while Jodie Emery is charged with five similar counts. Emery was sentenced to five years in prison on drug distribution charges by a U.S. federal judge in Seattle, Washington in September 2010 after pleading guilty to selling marijuana seeds to U.S. customers. Toronto police spokesman Mark Pugash said Thursday that five people were arrested and 11 search warrants were executed in Ontario and Vancouver on Thursday as part of Project Gator. "Coordinated countrywide raids attempting, futilely, to enforce an outdated and harmful law degrades public confidence in the administration of justice, wastes valuable taxpayer funds, wastes scarce police, prosecutorial and judicial resources and benefits precisely no one," Kirk Tousaw said.



Canadian judge resigns over rape comments

Thu, 9 Mar 2017 21:40:43 UT

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — A Canadian judge who asked a woman why she couldn't keep her knees together after she alleged sexual assault in a trial said Thursday that he is resigning from the bench. The council's decision supported a recommendation by a disciplinary panel that reviewed the original sexual assault trial of Alexander Wagar. Court transcripts from the 2014 trial in Calgary show that Camp, who was a provincial court judge at the time, called the complainant "the accused" numerous times and told her "pain and sex sometimes go together." Four of the council's 23 members did not support the decision, saying they agreed that Camp's comments amounted to judicial misconduct, but were in favor of recommending a sanction short of removal.



Mother Divine, widow of religious leader Father Divine, dies

Thu, 9 Mar 2017 00:40:32 UT

(AP) — Mother Divine, the widow of Father Divine and leader for decades of a religious movement he founded that advocated racial equality and provided free food to thousands of people, has died. According to a Time magazine account, she moved from Canada in early 1946 and went to Philadelphia to meet the Rev. Major Jealous Divine at the International Peace Mission Movement, which he founded in New York during the Great Depression to promote racial equality, celibacy and devotion to the Kingdom of Heaven. Father Divine urged believers not to drink, smoke, swear, gamble or borrow money and to pool their resources and practice communal living. For a 2003 interview, Mother Divine left Father Divine's big chair empty at their stunning hilltop estate in Gladwyne, pulling a chair alongside it and telling a reporter with a smile, "Father is here with us."



Anti-Defamation League, Jewish centers get more threats

Tue, 7 Mar 2017 21:04:13 UT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Anti-Defamation League and several Jewish community centers across the country got a new round of bomb threats Tuesday, adding to the scores they have been plagued with since January. Federal officials have been investigating more than 120 threats against Jewish organizations in three dozen states since Jan. 9 and a rash of vandalism at Jewish cemeteries. [...] Tuesday, two suburban Jewish community centers in upstate New York were shut down when someone phoned in bomb threats, authorities said. In Providence, Rhode Island, an administrator at the Jewish Community Day School, attached to a synagogue, received a threat Tuesday morning alleging there was a shooter with an assault rifle on the roof of the building, police said.



The Latest: White House condemns latest anti-Semitic threats

Tue, 7 Mar 2017 19:52:59 UT

The JCC of North America and the Anti-Defamation League reported receiving threats Tuesday. Since Jan. 9, federal officials have been investigating more than 120 threats against Jewish organizations in three dozen states and a rash of vandalism at Jewish cemeteries. The JCC Association of North America says several Jewish community centers got email or phone threats overnight and early Tuesday. The New York-based ADL said Tuesday on Twitter that law enforcement agencies were responding to the "multiple bomb threats" it received at its offices. Federal officials have been investigating more than 120 bomb threats called in to Jewish organizations in three dozen states since Jan. 9 and a rash of vandalism at Jewish cemeteries.



US officials to hold meeting on Alberta Clipper pipeline

Sun, 5 Mar 2017 14:49:48 UT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — State Department officials will come to Minnesota on Tuesday to hold the only public meeting on a draft environmental review for the final segment of Enbridge Energy's project to boost capacity in its Alberta Clipper pipeline, which carries Canadian tar sands oil across northern Minnesota to Superior, Wisconsin. The State Department's four-year review concluded that there would be no significant environmental impacts from completing the project, which requires a presidential permit because the last remaining segment crosses the U.S.-Canadian border in North Dakota. Enbridge spokeswoman Shannon Gustafson called the Alberta Clipper "a vital piece of energy infrastructure" that bolsters America's energy security because it lessens the need for imports from unstable nations. "Pipelines continue to be the safest, most reliable means of transporting crude oil that Minnesotans and Midwesterners rely on in their daily lives," Gustafson said. [...] the Alberta Clipper detour uses an upgraded section of Line 3 to cross the border. A coalition of environmental and tribal groups opposes the Alberta Clipper because it carries tar sands oil, which they consider a bigger environmental threat than regular crude. The State Department is holding Tuesday's meeting as part of the public comment period on the draft environmental review, which runs through March 27.