By Jim Bronskill The Canadian Press Mon., June 18, 2018 OTTAWA—A Somalian man found guilty in the kidnapping of Amanda Lindhout has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. Ontario Superior Court Justice Robert Smith handed down the sentence for Ali Omar Ader today. Smith ruled in December that Ader, a 40-year-old Somalian national, was a “willing participant” in the 2008 hostage-taking of Lindhout, who was working as a freelance journalist near Mogadishu at the time. The judge found much of Ader’s testimony unbelievable and did not support his claim that he was forced into serving as a negotiator and translator on behalf of a gang which threatened to harm him and his family. Lindhout, raised in Red Deer, Alta., and photographer Nigel Brennan of Australia were snatched by armed men while pursuing a story, the beginning of 15 months in captivity. Article Continued Below The RCMP lured Ader to Canada on the pretext of signing a lucrative … [Read more...] about Amanda Lindhout’s kidnapper sentenced to 15 years in prison
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By Morgan Campbell Sports Reporter Sat., March 24, 2018 Royce White leads the National Basketball League of Canada in scoring with an average 24.7 points a game. That isn’t a shock. But his 5.7 assists per game, which lead the London Lightning, are surprising given that the six-foot-eight former NBA first-round draft pick plays power forward. Those stats would usually catch the attention of NBA scouts and lead to a shot at the world’s top basketball league. It hasn’t been that simple for White, who was diagnosed with anxiety as a teenager. And five years after a series of bitter disagreements with NBA teams over strategies to manage his condition, the 26-year-old White isn’t convinced the league will welcome him back, even as its attitude toward mental illness evolves. The NBA announced last week it would hire a director of mental health and wellness, a significant step for a league that previously addressed mental health under its drug … [Read more...] about NBA makes progress on mental health, but is it ready for Royce White?
By Ellen Knickmeyer The Associated Press Janie Har Fri., March 9, 2018 YOUNTVILLE, Calif.—Three workers for a program that treats veterans for post-traumatic stress disorder were found dead Friday along with the suspect who took them hostage in a daylong standoff at the largest veterans home in the U.S., officials said. The bodies of the four were discovered nearly eight hours after the gunman slipped into an employee going-away party in a building where combat veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan receive treatment, said California Highway Patrol Assistant Chief Chris Childs. The three female victims were employees of the non-profit organization Pathway Home treatment program, which is housed on the campus of the Veterans Home of California-Yountville. Napa County Sheriff John Robertson declined to identify the victims and the gunman Friday night, saying family members still needed to be notified. Authorities said they know who the gunman is but did not … [Read more...] about Three hostages, gunman found dead in California veterans home after daylong standoff
caption Jordan Michelle vapes a CBD oil made from hemp at the Cannabis World Congress Conference. source Spencer Platt/Getty States around the country – 29 of them, plus Washington DC – have legalized medical marijuana. The American public largely supports the legalization of medical marijuana. At least 84% of the public believes the drug should be legal for medical uses, and recreational pot usage is less controversial than ever, with at least 61% of Americans in support. Even though some medical benefits of smoking pot may be overstated by advocates of marijuana legalization, recent research has demonstrated that there are legitimate medical uses for marijuana and strong reasons to continue studying the drug’s medicinal uses. Even the NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse lists medical uses for cannabis. There are at least two active chemicals in marijuana that researchers think have medicinal applications. Those are cannabidiol … [Read more...] about 23 health benefits of marijuana
By Nicholas Keung Immigration Reporter Wed., Feb. 28, 2018 Indigenous people in Toronto are far more likely than adults in the rest of the province to be homeless, hungry and unemployed, and to get involved with child protection agencies and the justice system, according to a groundbreaking new health report. Among the report’s staggering findings, based on a survey of Indigenous residents, are that only an estimated 57 per cent have a high school diploma, that 63 per cent are unemployed and that 87 per cent can be categorized as low-income. The study says such factors are taking a toll on the physical and mental health of the Indigenous population and are part of the legacy of colonization and forced assimilation by successive governments. The study was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the provincial government. The lead researcher was Dr. Janet Smylie of St. Michael’s Hospital, one of the first Métis physicians in … [Read more...] about Report says Indigenous people in Toronto are far more likely to be homeless, unemployed and hungry