Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has dropped out of the mayoral race, handing the reigns over to his brother, and said that God wants him somewhere else and has other plans for his life.
"I guess the good Lord wants me somewhere else," Rob said after being diagnosed with a tumor in his abdomen. "It's not good."
He has been hospitalized while tests on the tumor are being conducted, and his brother, Doug, decided to step in and run for the office in his brother's place. Rob said he told Doug he did not have to do so but "absolutely" supports his decision and will do what he can to help Doug win the election held on Oct. 27. more >>
Neither liberals nor conservatives are more or less likely to demonstrate blind obedience to authority, a new study finds. One of the authors of the study wrote that he used to believe that conservatives suffered from blind obedience while liberals were open minded.
Jeremy Frimer, professor of psychology at the University of Winnipeg, believed that the source of conservative political views was "slavish obedience to authority and tradition," he wrote in a Thursday op-ed for The Huffington Post.
"If only conservatives would think for themselves — like liberals do — the war would be over and we could get on with life, governance, and progress. Or so I thought," he recalled. more >>
The tallest man in Canada, 7'8 tall Jerry Sokolosky, has been chosen to play Philistine warrior Goliath in the upcoming "David and Goliath" movie. Director Tim Chey explained that the filmmakers did not want to use a CGI imitation for the part.
"Jerry was a tremendous blessing," Chey said in a press release. "We didn't want to create a CGI imitation like 'The Incredible Hulk' and so our casting directors set out to find the biggest guy and he's very big."
The $50 million biblical epic, set for an early 2015 nationwide theater release, wrapped up principal photography in North Africa and in studios in London earlier in July, and is currently in post-production in Los Angeles. more >>
The woman who parked her car on a Montreal-area highway to ensure that a group of ducklings could safely cross the street in 2010 has been found guilty of causing the deaths of a motorcyclist and his passenger daughter. Emma Czornobaj could face life in prison given the charges brought against her in the case.
Andre Roy, 50, was driving his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and had his 16-year-old daughter Jessie as a passenger. Roy was driving an estimated 70 miles per hour in a 60 miles per hour zone. He either did not see or was not able to stop in time and smashed into Czornobaj's parked vehicle. His wife, who was following behind Roy in her car, got out and stayed with her husband, who died at the scene. Jessie was pinned beneath Czornobaj's car; she was rescued but later died at the hospital.
"My feelings are that it is time that we go on," Pauline Volikakis, Roy's wife and Jessie's mother, told the court. "This will not bring back my loved ones. I don't wish misfortune on anyone." more >>
A British Columbian city which banned a Christian conference from being simulcast on city property because it was sponsored by Chick-fil-A has affirmed this week that its buildings are open to all regardless of faith.
Earlier this year, local pastors and church leaders in Nanaimo, a city of roughly 80,000 people, sought public building space to broadcast a feed of Leadercast, a Christian conference out of Atlanta, but were stopped by a city council member who blasted its connection with the fast food restaurant, reported The Blaze.
In the beginning of May, Fred Pattje introduced a resolution which would ban the conference, which is streamed in roughly 800 cities worldwide, from using Nanaimo property. more >>
A 74-year-old Canadian man who pleaded guilty to unintentionally killing his 13-year-old daughter with a slap over her chores in 2010 was sentenced to a 60-day jail term Wednesday.
According to a report in the Montreal Gazette, Moussa Sidime, 74, a retired architect originally from Guinea, was charged in the death of his 13-year-old daughter Noutène after she died from a slap he meted out to her on Oct. 6, 2010.
Noutène, according to court records, upset her father when she mumbled something under her breath after he told her he wasn't satisfied with the way she had cleaned up the kitchen. Sidime, who entered a guilty plea to manslaughter in 2013, said he noticed that his daughter was crying after he slapped her but he left her to sit in the living room of the family's apartment. He later heard her fall to the kitchen floor where he found her unconscious and with low breathing. more >>