As criminals increasingly hijack digital technologies, police in Canada are turning to an unusual candidate pool for crime fighters: the virtual world of Second Life. The game, created by Linden Lab in 2003, is one of the most popular digital virtual worlds on the internet, with more than eight million users worldwide.
A Klingon is an unexpected sight in Canada's vast western plains, among the lonely oil wells, cow pastures and wheat fields. But hundreds of the ferocious warriors from Gene Roddenberry's fictional <i>Star Trek</i> universe gathered in Vulcan this weekend for the town's annual <i>Spock Days and Galaxyfest</i> -- a three-day space festival and <i>Star Trek</i> convention.
Can global conflicts be settled by rock, paper, scissors? Maybe not. But organisers of a RPS tournament in Toronto this weekend want the centuries-old children's game applied more often to settle lesser fights. "It's the simplest, fairest way to make a decision or resolve a conflict," said tournament director Graham Walker.
More arrests were expected following the detention of 17 people over an alleged al-Qaeda-inspired plot to bomb high-profile targets in Canada. Amid media reports that the Canadian Parliament was on the group's hitlist, Mike McDonell, assistant commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, said: ''This investigation is not finished.''
Canada's placid and innocent society was shattered with the release from prison of the country's most notorious female sex killer this week. Reporters camped for days outside the Ste-Anne-des-Plaines penitentiary north of Montreal, waiting for the release of Karla Homolka who raped, tortured and murdered teenage girls with her ex-husband Paul Bernado.