Tory party rolling in dough
OTTAWA -- Stephen Harper's Conservatives are down in the polls, but they're continuing to rake in money hand over fist.
Financial reports filed with Elections Canada show the Tories scooped up $4.5 million during the first three months of 2013 -- more than twice what either the Liberals or NDP pulled in.
The Liberals raised just over $1.7 million, slightly more than the New Democrats, while in the midst of a high-profile leadership contest that boosted the third party into first place in some opinion polls. Adding in more than $300,000 in entry fees from the leadership contenders pushed the Liberal total to just over $2 million.
The NDP collected $1.6 million during the first three months of the year while the Green party raised $305,000 and the Bloc Québécois just $79,000.
Armless driver ticketed
SASKATOON -- Saskatoon police say they have safety concerns about a man with no arms who was caught driving without wearing a seatbelt.
The man was pulled over last week and ticketed as part of a traffic blitz.
Police spokeswoman Alyson Edwards says the man told officers he has been stopped several times before, but never fined because he can't do up the belt when he's alone in his car. The man drives a modified vehicle using his feet.
Edwards says wearing a seatbelt is the law and the man has no medical exemption allowing him to drive without one. She says senior officers are to meet with the man to discuss the ticket and how he can apply for an exemption.
Mom dumps disabled son
OTTAWA -- An Ottawa mother says she was at her breaking point when she decided to drop off her son at a government office Tuesday.
Amanda Telford says she can no longer care for her son, 19, who has the mental capacity of a two-year-old and is non-verbal.
Telford says her son has wandered away from home several times in the last few weeks and she spent Monday at a hospital after he took prescription medication he wasn't supposed to.
She took him to the Ottawa Office of Developmental Services Ontario, which is responsible for finding living arrangements for adults with developmental disabilities. Her son has been on the waiting list for a year and a half.
Telford hopes delivering her son to the office will draw attention to their plight. "I'm on medical leave from work," she said. "I am not able to keep this young man safe anymore."
-- The Canadian Press