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Remembrance Day, poppy thief and helicopter crash top Canadian headlines

Anja Konjicanin
Nov 11th, 2011

Unruly behaviour at Toronto Remembrance Day ceremony, a helicopter crash in Hawaii, poppy thief discovered to be the son of a veterans group president, Quebec provincial cop arrested, Bay of Fundy doesn't make "seven natural wonders of the world" list...but congratulations, you've made it to the good news: homeless vets could be in renovated apartments by Christmas.

Quebec provincial cop arrested for drunk driving, hurting someone in accident

The Canadian Press
Nov 11th, 2011

GATINEAU, Que. – A Quebec provincial police officer is accused of drinking and driving an unmarked patrol car, then hurting someone in an accident.

He faces charges of impaired driving causing bodily harm.

Christine Coulombe, a spokeswoman for the force, said the unidentified man was arraigned Friday in Gatineau, Que.

The officer was involved in a collision with another car near Gatineau shortly after midnight.

A car swerved into a lane occupied by another vehicle and smashed into its right side before going into the ditch.

The female occupant of the car that was hit had to be pried free by firefighters using the jaws of life before being transported to hospital.

Coulombe said the woman's life was not in danger. The driver of that other car was not injured.

Gatineau police gave their suspect a breathalyzer test before arresting him.

Coulombe said she could not confirm if the officer was on duty at the time of the accident.

Bay of Fundy doesn't make list of seven natural wonders of the world

The Canadian Press
Nov 11th, 2011

HALIFAX – A woman who campaigned for four years to have the Bay of Fundy declared a natural wonder of the world says even though her bid didn't succeed, the quest has attracted global attention to the unique body of water.

Terri McCulloch of the Bay of Fundy Tourism partnership got the news Friday that the 270-kilometre-long bay did not make the finalist list for the New 7 Wonders of Nature competition.

McCulloch said she was disappointed that the waterway shared by Nova Scotia and New Brunswick didn't make the cut when the list of contenders was reduced from 28 to 14.

But she said the lengthy campaign informed people around the world about the bay's potent tides, diverse ecosystem and plentiful marine life.

"We're still delighted that we're able to achieve top 28 status worldwide – no regrets,'' she said.

"We had an amazing run and we're already seeing some benefits of being of having participated in the campaign.''

Police take down tents at Occupy Nova Scotia site after mayor issues ultimatum

The Canadian Press
Nov 11th, 2011

HALIFAX – The mayor of Halifax says people camping out in a public park as part of the Occupy Nova Scotia protest have to take down their tents and move out.

Peter Kelly said notices were handed out to the dozens of campers in the downtown Victoria Park on Friday, informing them that they're in violation of a municipal bylaw.

The bylaw states that no one can camp in a municipal park without written permission from the city.

Also, people are not supposed to be in the park between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Police were seen taking down tarps, pulling up tents and packing personal belongings into green garbage bags as campers stood by.

"Council and the public have respected the right to peaceful protest and free assembly, but the time has come for the encampment to end,'' Kelly said.

"Our parks are for all of the public, not an unregulated campground for some.''

Kelly said the campers will also not be allowed to erect tents in Grand Parade, a downtown square where they had been set up before being asked to relocate for Remembrance Day ceremonies.

The city says the same bylaw that applies to parks also applies to Grand Parade.

Remembrance Day: A time to honour and remember Canada's war dead

The Canadian Press
Nov 11th, 2011

OTTAWA – In dozens of ceremonies across the country, from the National War Memorial to municipal cenotaphs, small-town Legion halls and school assemblies, Canadians paid tribute Friday to the country's 114,000 military dead.

At the commemoration in Ottawa, thousands stood in silence around the National War Memorial as the Peace Tower bell mournfully tolled 11 a.m.

The hush began and ended with the crack of an artillery piece on Parliament Hill.

With Gov.-Gen. David Johnston, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other dignitaries looking on, a bugler sounded the doleful notes of the Last Post and a piper skirled a slow lament.

A pair of CF-18 jets growled overhead, followed by seven Griffin helicopters. One of the choppers pulled up and out of the formation in what is known as the Missing Man manoeuvre.

The Governor General and Harper placed wreaths at the foot of the towering memorial on behalf of the country.

Patricia Braun of Raymore, Sask., laid a wreath as the Silver Cross Mother, representing grieving parents. Her son, Cpl. David Braun, was killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan in 2006.

Son of veterans group president charged in theft of 10 poppy donation boxes

The Canadian Press
Nov 11th, 2011

LONDON, Ont. – The son of the head of a veterans group has been arrested in London, Ont., after several poppy donation boxes were stolen from the group's building.

Ten of the boxes were taken during a break-in Sunday night at the Canadian Corps Association office on Dundas Street.

The suspect broke through a window.

Police announced today that Kenneth Maudsley, 22, has been charged with two counts of break, enter and theft.

The association confirms he is the son of the group's president, Ken Maudsley.

He had no previous involvement with the association and was not a member.

"I'm in shock, I'm in absolute shock,'' Sherry Cornish, an official with the group, said after the arrest.

It's believed the 10 boxes taken from the building contained a total of between $500 and $1,000.

Less than 24 hours after word of the theft came out Wednesday, the group had received more than $10,000 in donations from companies and individuals.

Donations were still coming in Friday.

Homeless vets in Calgary could be in renovated apartments by Christmas

The Canadian Press
Nov 11th, 2011

CALGARY – Homeless veterans in Calgary will soon have a place to call home.

The Calgary Homeless Foundation purchased a 16-unit building in southwest Calgary with funding from the Alberta government.

The foundation says it will also provide a support program to help veterans work on the issues that led to their homelessness.

The foundation hopes it can get community help to pay off the $750,000 mortgage it has on the building so it can keep rents low for the veterans.

With the mortgage in place, veterans will pay $680 per month in rent, but with help to pay it off, rents will drop to about $400 per month.

CEO Mike Richter says Remembrance Day is more than wearing a poppy – the community has an obligation to look after veterans.

Canada can't afford to hunker down during global economic turmoil

The Canadian Press
Nov 11th, 2011

OTTAWA – Canada can't afford to hunker down in the midst of global economic turmoil, Gov. Gen. David Johnston said in an interview just before the start of a 15-day trip to southeast Asia.

He said the future is at stake.

"If we want our children to have lives that are at least equal or better than ours – which has been a great Canadian dream – then we certainly have to do better on innovation and productivity,'' he said.

Johnston leaves for Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam on Saturday.

He's looking to learn about Asian competitiveness, tout Canada as a prime destination for foreign investment and immigration and find opportunities for Canadian interests.

"We should broaden our horizons,'' he said in the library at Rideau Hall, where the walls are lined with award-winning Canadian works.

"We should look at the globe entirely as we think about markets and think about opportunities that Canadian expertise can exploit. And that would be a main purpose of this trip...seeing the world as not just North America, not just our backyard.''

Two Canadian tourists among five killed in Hawaii helicopter crash

The Canadian Press
Nov 11th, 2011

HONOLULU – U.S. federal officials are investigating the fiery crash of a tour helicopter that slammed into a mountain ridge on Hawaii's Molokai island, killing the pilot and the four tourists aboard, including two from Ontario.

The aircraft carrying the five people was on a tourist excursion of West Maui and Molokai when it went down near an elementary school Thursday, authorities said.

Firefighters recovered four bodies and the fifth was located under the wreckage, Maui County spokesman Rod Antone said.

The passengers were from Pennsylvania and Ontario, Antone said Friday in an email to The Canadian Press.

The pair from Pennsylvania were newlyweds but the relationship between the Ontario tourists, a man and a woman, hasn't been confirmed, he said.

Maui police official Wayne K. Ibarra also confirmed the five deaths. There was no word on the cause of the crash but he said the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were investigating.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade said Friday it is aware of reports of Canadian citizens being involved in a helicopter crash in Hawaii.

Man, woman charged with disorderly conduct at Toronto Remembrance Day ceremony

The Canadian Press
Nov 11th, 2011

TORONTO – A Mountie in red serge sprang into action at Toronto's Remembrance Day ceremony today, helping to apprehend a man who tried to disrupt the proceedings.

A man in military uniform was also seen helping lead the unidentified man away from the ceremony outside Old City Hall.

Toronto police say a 58-year-old man and a 55-year-old woman were taken into custody in two separate incidents.

Witnesses said the disruptions happened around the time Mayor Rob Ford took the podium. Shortly after Ford began speaking, a woman with a megaphone began shouting "Shame.''

She was overtaken by members of the crowd and escorted from the area by police.

Both the man and the woman were charged with disorderly conduct in a public place. The man has also been charged with public intoxication.

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