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  • Sunwing flight escorted by F-16 jets back to Toronto for emergency landing

    07/25/2014 10:21:44 AM PDT · by balk · 11 replies
    CBC News ^ | CBC News
    Sunwing Flight 772 took off for Panama City on this morning, but was turned around after 45 minutes in the air for an emergency landing at Toronto's Pearson International Airport because of an "unruly passenger." Sunwing officials say a passenger was making threats, some of which concerned the security of the plane. Pilots activated their emergency response plan and returned to Toronto. Two U.S. F-16 fighter jets from Toledo, Ohio, were dispatched to escort the plane back to Toronto, North American Aerospace Defence Command (Norad) confirmed. The F-16s flew with the commercial plane out of U.S. airspace to Toronto as...
  • Tim Robbins T-Shirt

    09/11/2008 9:08:54 PM PDT · by balk · 37 replies · 368+ views
    Tim Robbins in Toronto at celebrity hockey game over the weekend...
  • Romanians to visit oil rig seized by Iran (Romania claims "disproportionate act")

    08/24/2006 5:32:58 AM PDT · by balk · 11 replies · 651+ views
    IranMania ^ | Thursday, August 24, 2006 | IranMania
    Romanians to visit oil rig seized by Iran LONDON, August 24 (IranMania) - Two Romanian diplomats are en route to a Romanian oil rig in the Persian Gulf seized by Iranian authorities following a trade dispute, the Mediafax agency said. Romanian charge d'affaires to Teheran, Mircea Has, was also expected to call on the Iranian foreign ministry to protest what Bucharest described as a "disproportionate act," the agency added. The Iranians "could have resolved the problem a thousand other ways, without resorting to military action, especially because it was a civilian structure," he added.
  • Iran to help restore sustainable peace in Mideast (Kofi/Mahmoud Love-In)

    08/15/2006 12:16:37 PM PDT · by balk · 30 replies · 4,872+ views
    Xinhua via People's Daily Online ^ | August 15, 2006 | Xinhua
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday that his country was ready to help restore sustainable peace in the Mideast region, the Fars news agency reported. Ahmadinejad made the remarks in a phone conversation with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the presidential press office said in a statement. According to the statement, in the phone conversation initiated by Annan, the two discussed the latest developments in the Mideast region, UN Security Council Resolution 1701 on the Lebanon crisis and ways to achieve a ceasefire on the Lebanese soil. Ahmadinejad and Annan also stressed the need to establish stability, sustainable and fair...
  • Liberal power couple back Harper on Mideast (Coup-d'Etat in Lib Establishment)

    08/04/2006 9:11:52 PM PDT · by balk · 30 replies · 1,947+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | 2006/08/04 | CAMPBELL CLARK
    Liberal power couple back Harper on Mideast OTTAWA — Liberal power couple Heather Reisman and Gerry Schwartz have publicly broken with the Liberal Party line on the Middle East crisis and are turning to Prime Minister Stephen Harper because of his support of Israel. Mr. Schwartz, a confidante of former prime minister Paul Martin and one of Canada's most influential businessmen as the head of Onex Corp., is one of the eight signatories of an advertisement placed in a newspaper in Cornwall, Ont., where the Conservatives are holding caucus meetings. Mr. Schwartz's wife, Ms. Reisman, says she is leaving the...
  • Trend: Male Exodus from the Newsroom (MSM Navel-Gazing)

    08/01/2006 11:12:44 AM PDT · by balk · 27 replies · 1,045+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 2006/07/23 | Paul Farhi
    Women account for more than half of TV reporters (58 percent) and such middle managers as executive producers (55 percent), news producers (66 percent) and news writers (56 percent). "Young men are just not interested," says Allen, who runs the broadcast news program at ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. "There's been almost an evacuation of men from this field." News managers look on these numbers with a mixture of pride and mild alarm. Pride because decades of equal-opportunity employment rules, inclusive hiring policies and viewer acceptance of diversity have opened up what had once been a preserve of men,...
  • Feds dismiss claims slain soldier 'ill-equipped'(Cindy Sheehan franchise buds in Canada)

    07/11/2006 6:40:36 AM PDT · by balk · 5 replies · 462+ views
    CTV ^ | July 11, 2006 | CTV.ca News Staff
    The girlfriend of Corporal Anthony Boneca, who was killed on Sunday when a Taliban bullet pierced his neck during a firefight in Afghanistan, says her boyfriend "hated" his mission and felt ill-equipped for the task. "He hated it there," Megan DeCorte told reporters Monday. Megan's father Larry DeCorte, told CTV's Canada AM that Boneca had recently become "disillusioned" with Canada's role in the conflict and had not had the proper training to serve on the front lines. "He knew the risks, but he didn't realize it was going to be this kind of stuff," DeCorte told AM. "I'm very angry...
  • FNC Pilot: "Watch This Right Now?" (Laura Ingraham's "Daily Show")

    06/26/2006 5:39:18 AM PDT · by balk · 3 replies · 433+ views
    TVNewser ^ | 2006-06-23 | TVNewser
    > Update: 5:07pm: FNC programming VP "Bill Shine is testing several pilots, and this is one of them," an FNC spokesperson says... Last week, TVNewser asked if Fox was working on a show pilot styled after Jon Stewart's Daily Show on Comedy Central. Then yesterday, TVNewser asked if conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham was at FNC shooting something over the weekend. The answers are yes and yes, and they're apparently related. An anonymous tipster says Ingraham's pilot is known as "Watch This Right Now." The tipster calls it "an absolutely terrible rip off of Daily Show" including a "music...
  • Putin aide dismisses N.Korean missile reports as "psycho factor"(aiding & abetting)

    06/20/2006 9:08:24 AM PDT · by balk · 20 replies · 779+ views
    Novosti ^ | June 20, 2006 | Novosti
    MOSCOW, June 20 (RIA Novosti) - A Russian presidential aide said Tuesday the "imminent" launch of a North Korean ballistic missile was largely a matter of psychology. "Let them launch it first and then we will see whether it will fly, where it will fly, and whether it can reach its target in the first place," Igor Shuvalov said.
  • Homeless Person not respected by CBC Cameraman (Vanity)

    04/19/2006 5:26:10 AM PDT · by balk · 45 replies · 961+ views
    Wednesday, April 19, 2006 | Me
    Letter sent to CBC this morning: ------------------------Homeless Person not respected by CBC CameramanOne of your cameramen was on assignment filming sleeping homeless people on the sidewalk at Commerce Court, Melinda & King W., Toronto, on Wednesday, April 19, 2006 at 7:45 am. He parked his CBC truck on the sidewalk and was visibly sneaking around, filming a single homeless man who was sleeping at the time, and unaware of the cameraman's actions. The homeless man was not asked for permission, yet he had a right to be asked before his privacy was invaded. The cameraman also did not appear to...
  • US cuts diplomatic ties with Hamas governmenT

    03/29/2006 12:28:36 PM PST · by balk · 13 replies · 662+ views
    The Guardian ^ | Wednesday March 29, 2006 | Agencies
    The US today banned its diplomats from having any contact with the Hamas-led cabinet as it was sworn in by the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas.
  • Iranian blogs debate nuclear row (with links)

    01/31/2006 9:26:37 AM PST · by balk · 127+ views
    BBC News ^ | Tuesday, 31 January 2006, 02:24 GMT | BBC
    Iranian blogs debate nuclear row Iranian bloggers are commenting extensively on the nuclear row between Iran and the West. A significant number of bloggers seem to blame President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in particular for the crisis and suggest that he has taken Iran to the brink of war. The sports lovers are worried that the Iranian team may be expelled from the World Cup because of the nuclear issue and Mr Ahmadinejad's comments on Israel and the Holocaust. Below are some blog entries: (goto story for more)
  • Fairmont Hotels Takeover - Saudi Prince Al Waleed (the one KO'ed by Giuliani)

    01/30/2006 7:27:26 AM PST · by balk · 2 replies · 356+ views
    The Golbe and Mail ^ | Monday, January 30, 2006 | TAVIA GRANT
    Fairmont finds white knight By TAVIA GRANT Monday, January 30, 2006 Posted at 7:42 AM EST Globe and Mail Update Fairmont Hotels & Resorts Inc. agreed to be acquired for $3.9-billion (U.S.) by Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal's Kingdom Hotels International and investment firm Colony Capital, thwarting a takeover attempt by U.S. investor Carl Icahn. The transaction values the Toronto-based company at $45 a share, 12.5 per cent more than Mr. Icahn's $40-a-share bid in December. Fairmont's board unanimously approved the Saudi offer and continues to recommend shareholders reject Mr. Icahn's offer. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Addulaziz Alsaud is...
  • Countdown to confidence vote begins (CANADA: Buh-bye Liberals, Christmas comes early)

    11/28/2005 9:09:04 AM PST · by balk · 19 replies · 835+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Monday, November 28, 2005 | TERRY WEBER
    The clock was ticking Monday on Prime Minister Paul Martin's minority Liberal government, with an early evening no-confidence vote likely to trigger the fall of the government after 17 months on power. The vote – likely to be supported by all three opposition parties – is expected to go before the House of Commons shortly after 6:30 p.m. EST.
  • O'Reilly officially welcomes Canadian viewers

    01/06/2005 8:25:18 PM PST · by balk · 44 replies · 953+ views
    Fox News Off-Air | January 6, 2005 | balk
    In case you missed it, Bill O'Reilly officially welcomed Canadian viewers at the start of "O'Reilly Factor" tonight (January 6, 2005) at 11:00 p.m. Eastern. With a large Canadian flag above his left shoulder, O'Reilly welcomed "Canadian viewers watching on Shaw Cable and Star Choice satellite". His show is the #1 rated cable news show in the world, raking in 2.3 million viewers stateside. For perspective, this is more than double Larry King's 1.1 million viewers and Jon Stewart's 1.1 million viewers.
  • Refugee restriction comes into force (where you land is where you must apply)

    12/29/2004 12:52:01 PM PST · by balk · 3 replies · 296+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Wednesday, December 29, 2004 | Canadian Press
    An agreement that had refugees lining up to get into Canada to beat the deadline came into effect Wednesday. The Safe Third Country Agreement means that from now on, refugees who land in the United States must seek status there, rather than using it as a jumping off point to get into Canada. Refugee advocates say the agreement will shut out about 11,000 claimants — fully one-third of annual applicants — while creating a possible boon for people smugglers.
  • Clever hostage negotiated with captor (how to fool a terrorist)

    09/23/2004 6:52:54 AM PDT · by balk · 10 replies · 1,088+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | September 23, 2004 | SHAMUS TOOMEY, ANNIE SWEENEY AND MICHAEL FRISCOLANTI Staff Reporters
    Yamulky, of Calgary, reportedly convinced one of her captors that if he set her free, she would help him start a new life in Canada, her family revealed Wednesday. ...she found herself locked in a Fallujah home with a single guard watching over her. A few hours later, her father said, she had persuaded the unidentified man to let her go in return for helping to bring him to Canada. "My daughter is very smart and clever, and she was able to convince him and talk to him in a nice way," said Kamal Yamulky, who was in contact with...
  • Ontario FReepers: Sign Petition vs McGuinty: re: Health Surtax

    05/27/2004 5:50:44 AM PDT · by balk · 4 replies · 222+ views
    Canadian Taxpayers Federation ^ | May 2004 | Canadian Taxpayers Federation
    Online Petition To Premier Dalton McGuinty: On the 11th of September 2003 you signed a pledge to uphold the Taxpayers’ Protection and Balanced Budget Act if your party formed the next government of Ontario. You specifically promised to: “Not raise taxes or implement new taxes without the explicit consent of Ontario voters; and Not run deficits.” Since then, you have broken both of these promises. Your budget of May 18, 2004 has increased taxes, imposed new taxes, and will run this province further into the red for years to come. You also plan to gut the Taxpayer Protection and Balanced...
  • Two Removed from Local Plane (Buffalo NY): Joked about 9-11 on flight

    05/26/2004 10:49:59 AM PDT · by balk · 76 replies · 290+ views
    WBEN 930 AM, Buffalo, NY ^ | Wednesday, May 26, 2004 11:35 AM | WBEN Newsroom
    BREAKING NEWS: Two Removed from Local Plane WBEN Newsroom - Wednesday, May 26, 2004 11:35 AM Cheektowaga, NY (WBEN) - Some tense moments on a Continental Express jet on the tarmac at Buffalo Niagara International Airport this morning. Two men were removed from the plane after allegedly "making jokes" about bombs and 9-11. FBI Spokesman Paul Moskal tells NewsRadio 930 WBEN that a Canadian passenger overheard the men, described as being of Middle Eastern heritage, make jokes about bombs and the 9-11 terror attacks. The man notified a flight attendant, who notified the pilot, who then made the decision to...
  • Freep CNN Poll

    04/10/2004 7:43:02 PM PDT · by balk · 100 replies · 80+ views
    CNN ^ | April 10, 2004 | CNN
    QUICKVOTE Whose version of events do you think the 'bin Laden' memo supports? The White House Richard Clarke