National Newswatch

U2 to perform at Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa on July 1

Jun 23 2017 — — U2 band members Bono and the Edge will perform at next week’s Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa. A spokeswoman for the Department of Canadian Heritage says the Irish rockers will perform one song around noon at the July 1 Canada 150 festivities on Parliament Hill. “It’s a beautiful (Canada) Day!” Heritage Minister Melanie Joly tweeted […]

Depp’s ‘assassin’ comments the latest in celebrity anger

Jun 23 2017 — — Johnny Depp has sparked controversy for joking about assassinating Donald Trump during an appearance at a large festival in Britain, the latest example of artists using violent imagery when dealing with the president. “When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” Depp asked the crowd at Glastonbury Festival, in reference to the death […]

2 Cosby holdouts prevented guilty verdict, juror says

Jun 22 2017 — — In an exclusive interview with ABC News, a juror in the Bill Cosby sexual assault case said that after dozens of hours of grueling deliberations in a tiny room, 10 of the 12 jurors agreed he was guilty on two counts. On a third count, only one of the jurors believed he was guilty. The […]

Tiger Woods ‘receiving professional help’ to manage medications

Jun 20 2017 — — Tiger Woods says he’s receiving “professional help” to manage medication for back pain and a sleep disorder. The golfer’s admission comes three weeks after he was arrested in Florida on suspicion of driving under the influence. The 14-time major champion was taken into custody by police on Memorial Day, with the golfer later citing an […]

Carrie Fisher Had Cocaine, Other Drugs in System: Autopsy Report

Jun 19 2017 — — Carrie Fisher had cocaine and other drugs in her system at the time of her death, according to a full autopsy report and toxicology results released Monday. The report says the world-famous “Star Wars” actress tested positive for cocaine, methadone, alcohol and opiates, but investigators could not determine whether those drugs contributed to her death […]

Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie getting Order of Canada

Jun 19 2017 — — Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie is among 29 people being honoured today by the Governor General today for their work in raising awareness of indigenous issues. Downie is being inducted as a member of the Order of Canada in a ceremony at Rideau Hall. The singer and social activist is being recognized for his efforts […]

CBC rolls out cross-country Canada Day plans with Alessia Cara, Rick Mercer

Jun 19 2017 — — Some of the nation’s newest stars will help celebrate Canada Day alongside musical legends, marking the country’s milestone 150th birthday festivities. More than 20 musical and comedy performances are lined up as part of CBC’s nationwide coverage, capped off by the fireworks on Parliament Hill which are expected to be triple the usual size. The […]

John Avildsen, director of ‘Rocky’ and ‘Karate Kid,’ dies at 81

Jun 17 2017 — — John G. Avildsen, who directed “Rocky” and “The Karate Kid” — two dark-horse, underdog favourites that went on to become Hollywood franchises — died Friday at age 81. Anthony Avildsen said his father died Friday in Los Angeles from pancreatic cancer. “He was a pretty extraordinary man in my estimation. He was super talented and […]

Carrie Fisher died from ‘sleep apnoea and other causes’

Jun 17 2017 — — Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher died from sleep apnoea and “other factors”, the Los Angeles County coroner says. Her death certificate said in January that the 60-year-old, best known for her role as Princess Leia, had suffered a cardiac arrest. But in a statement the LA coroner said the exact cause was unknown. Sleep apnoea […]

CNN chief: Alex Jones interview worthy, but NBC mishandled

Jun 15 2017 — — Some top people at CNN have come to Megyn Kelly’s defence in the wake of criticism she’s received for interviewing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, but say NBC News hasn’t done itself any favours. NBC’s handling of the interview, scheduled to air on Kelly’s newsmagazine at 7 p.m. EDT Sunday, has given fuel to the backlash […]