While most people experience either mild or no symptoms, Zika is suspected of causing a devastating birth defect — babies born with abnormally small heads — and pregnant Americans are urged to avoid travel to affected areas. "For the average American, this is not something that will change our33 minutes agothecanadianpress.com
A Maritime school board defended its decision to cancel classes hours before snow even started falling Monday, as critics questioned whether boards are too quick to call snow days that inconvenience parents and cost teaching time. The Halifax Regional School Board was criticized on social media Monday as parents adjusted their schedules to accommodate children for a storm that still had not arrived well after the lunch hour. Paul Bennett, director of Schoolhouse Consulting, said closing schools is a rarity in many areas of the country.
Premier Kathleen Wynne says despite "challenges," Ontario is on track to receive 10,000 Syrian refugees by the end of this month. About 7,000 Syrian refugees have already settled in Ontario since Dec. 10 and on Monday the premier announced details of some of the funding committed to helping them. The Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants is receiving about $343,000 for trauma and mental-health training for front-line workers as well as a public education campaign, and COSTI Immigrant Services is receiving $283,000 to deliver workshops and orientation resources to refugees.
Calgary police have laid 128 charges against 29 people following two month-long operations targeting drug trafficking downtown — including in the city's Central Library. Police received public complaints about drug-related activities along 17th Avenue as well as downtown along 7th Avenue S.W. Investigators discovered people trafficking drugs in a variety of public spaces, including the Central Library and Olympic Plaza.
An East Vancouver family has an extra reason to celebrate Family Day after their dog was brought back to life by Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services. At first, rescuers believed the dog had succumbed to smoke inhalation, but 20 to 25 minutes after using an oxygen bag and mask adapted to fit over its snout, the pet was revived. Battalion Chief Peter Bridge says he was surprised the dog came back to life.
Mon, Feb 8: The third alleged victim in the case against the former broadcaster is on the stand, which the judge ruled that she cannot be identified. Christina Stevens reports.
Defence Secretary Ash Carter offered a glimpse of his own apparent frustration last week when he referred to "our so-called coalition" and suggested the slackers need to step up. "We need everybody, and that's all the Europeans, the (Persian) Gulf states ... Turkey, which is right there on the border.
Electronic gear shifters on some newer Fiat Chrysler SUVs and cars are so confusing that drivers have exited the vehicles with the engines running and while they are still in gear, causing crashes and serious injuries, U.S. safety investigators have determined. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in documents posted during the weekend, has doubled the number of vehicles involved in an investigation of the problem, but it stopped short of seeking a recall. Agency tests found that operating the centre console shift lever "is not intuitive and provides poor tactile and visual feedback to the driver, increasing the potential for unintended gear selection," investigators wrote in the documents.
Toronto police are warning residents about the discovery of a "fraud lab" after an investigation into several mail and identity thefts at local Money Marts in Toronto.
Saskatchewan wants the federal government to bankroll a program to would see oil and gas workers who have lost their jobs clean up abandoned wells. Premier Brad Wall says it would help stimulate employment in the oil-and-gas sector and accelerate environmental cleanup of wells that are no longer capable of production. Wall says he has pitched the proposal, which would cost Ottawa $156 million, to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
The melting of the Greenland ice sheet due to climate change is having an impact on ocean circulation and rising sea levels, according to new studies from university researchers across North America. Dixon said that when ice melts, it deposits fresh water into the ocean that dilutes the salt in the North Atlantic.
The former Conservative campaign manager who made an early — and involuntary — exit from the federal election campaign last fall is offering her version of her party’s drubbing at the polls. In an op-ed article in Monday’s Globe and Mail, Jenni Byrne confirms what many critics of the first-past-the-post electoral system say — that the party needed the Liberals and NDP to split the non-Conservative vote to win. “The party needed the NDP to do well,” writes Byrne, a formidable Tory backroom power broker during the Conservatives’ decade in power who publicly bore the brunt of the blame for the failed campaign.
Jordan and Evan Caldwell, 17, were killed and six other male teens were injured early Saturday while using a personal sled/toboggan to go down the bobsled track at Canada Olympic Park. Evan Caldwell also attended the Calgary school with his brother from Grade 5 to Grade 11, but switched to Ernest Manning High School last year in order to take pre-engineering classes, according to a statement from the Caldwell family. The brothers both got straight-As and helped homeowners affected by the 2013 flood in Calgary, the family said.
A man from Brockville, Ont., is facing charges of committing an indecent act after two incidents in Belleville and Napanee nearly one year ago. On Feb. 16, 2015, a woman was walking on Dundas Street East in downtown Napanee, Ont., when a man parked in a car on the side of the street began speaking to her through the window, asking for directions. The man then "performed an indecent act" as the woman approached the car, Ontario Provincial Police said in a media release issued Monday.
The piglet is called Laura and the kitten goes by the name Marina. Laura was saved by activists from the slaughterhouse, while Marina was rescued from a hungry existence wandering the streets. According to the sanctuary’s Facebook post about the cuddly duo, Laura became friends with Marina as soon as she arrived, and the two baby animals have become inseparable.
A Winnipeg schoolteacher who was beaten, raped and stabbed while doing humanitarian work in Tanzania, is determined to return there, despite the brutal attack. "You can't hold a whole community accountable for one person's actions," Amanda Furst told the CBC. Furst, who founded Growing Opportunities International, or The GO! Team, has spent the past decade working in Rwanda and Tanzania helping villagers on the ground build everything from daycares and libraries to rainwater catchments.
Protesters gathered Sunday in front of a $7.4 million home on Adera Street in Vancouver saying its owner plans to demolish the 20-year-old structure to make way for a bigger home. The 6,182 square-foot home at 6088 Adera St. sold three years ago for $6 million according to property records, which also show the home was built in 1996. City Councillor Adriane Carr, who attended the protest, says the home underwent $300,000 worth of renovations in 2013 and that the owner of the home has applied to the city to tear down the structure so that a new house can be built.
Dancers -- some nearly naked, others in elaborate costumes -- strutted into the final round of the Rio Carnival's samba championship Monday, capping a wild party that has helped Brazilians forget about Zika and other worries. The six last samba schools were preening their spectacular feather headdresses and adjusting the shining G-strings and other tiny garments favored by lead dancers ahead of the all-night parades. Some 70,000 fans cheered, sang and shook their hips overnight Sunday to Monday in the stands of Rio's purpose-built dancing stadium, the Sambadrome, as competing samba schools passed in a blur of feathers, glitter and flesh.
The entertainer Flavor Flav pleaded no contest Monday to misdemeanour driving under the influence in Las Vegas, marking the second plea in two weeks involving similar charges in Nevada. The 56-year-old rapper and reality television star acknowledged that he had marijuana residue in his system when police stopped his vehicle last May. Flavor Flav, whose real name is William Jonathan Drayton Jr., lives in Las Vegas. Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Suzan Baucum fined Drayton $685 — the same amount he had been fined in Henderson — and ordered him to attend a victim impact panel and drunken driving school to satisfy plea requirements in both cases.
A family from O'Leary, P.E.I., says there's been more harmony in their home since they removed electronic gadgets from their sons' lives. Tamara Currie said her three sons — aged 20 months, six and eight years old — were spending too much time online and it was interfering with everything from their homework to their sleep. Currie and her husband didn't wean the boys from screen time.
Immigration and Refugee Minister John McCallum has granted special permission for a deported Roma family to return to Canada. The decision involving Jozsef Pusuma, his wife Timea Daroczi and their seven-year-old daughter Viktoria (who goes by Lulu) comes after McCallum intervened in their case and granted them ministerial approval to permit them to return and move forward on the path for full permanent residency status. "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful and dedicated citizens can change the world," Rev. Alexa Gilmour told her congregation.
Allegations of fraudulent practices and insider trading by some Metro Vancouver real estate agents have prompted the provincial New Democrats to call on the British Columbia government to investigate. NDP housing critic David Eby alleges some realtors have been avoiding property transfer and capital gains taxes while exploiting a clause in contracts that allows for a series of home flips. Eby says the scope of these illegal and illegitimate practices isn't known, but he has written two letters to the B.C. Real Estate Council following information provided to him by a whistleblower.
Sun, Feb 7: The Speaker of the House wants to crack down on heckling in the house saying they want better decorum. Jacques Bourbeau reports.
The chair of the Stanton Territorial Health Authority Elders' Advisory Council says land the territorial government set aside in Yellowknife for an aboriginal wellness centre is being blasted to lay the foundation for the new Stanton Territorial Hospital. "In June , we were told by the minister [of Health and Social Services, Glen Abernethy] that we would be given a wellness centre, and the land was identified," said Francois Paulette. The territorial government didn't initially plan to build an entirely new hospital, instead putting out a request for proposals to update the existing hospital.
Premier Brian Gallant used a Sunday night appearance on Radio-Canada's popular Tout le monde en parle to debate Montreal's mayor over the merits of building the Energy East pipeline. The talk show format didn't lend itself to any theatrics on the part of either Gallant or Denis Coderre or a lengthy debate over the proposed pipeline that would bring oil from Alberta with a final destination in Saint John.
Jian Ghomeshi's sexual assault trial is hearing that two of the complainants who testified against the disgraced broadcaster discussed the allegations in thousands of messages they exchanged before and after they went to police. The third woman to testify against Ghomeshi said earlier on Monday that while she and "Trailer Park Boys" actress Lucy DeCoutere — who testified last week — were friends, they did not discuss the sexual assault allegations involving the former CBC Radio host.
CBC News has learned that Ryan's resignation is effective immediately, and came without any prior notice. In his resignation letter, Ryan said ongoing bickering and the controversy over the town's fire department are the reasons for his departure. It's the latest in a series of controversies that has crippled the small Conception Bay town in recent weeks.
The proposed Energy East pipeline is being rejected by a traditional aboriginal group in the province. The Wolastoq Grand Council held a news conference Monday to state its opposition to the proposed pipeline that would transport about 1.1 million barrels of Alberta crude oil a day through New Brunswick to Saint John. "We unanimously oppose the Energy East pipleline project in order to protect out non-ceded homeland and waterways, our traditional land and cultural connection to our lands, waterways and air," said clan mother Alma Brooks.
A mother from Charlottetown is drawing strength from her newborn baby in a Halifax hospital this winter, as she undergoes treatment for an aggressive form of cancer while awaiting a bone marrow transplant. McInnis's husband says his wife had been in and out of hospital, receiving two rounds of chemotherapy before their son was born.
The mayor made the comments one day after the formation of United Taxi Workers Association. "We're all struggling and dying out there because illegals are killing us," United Taxi representative Paul Sekhon told CBC News. Traditional Toronto taxis are heavily regulated but Uber — and in particular its ride-hailing app UberX — connects paying passengers with private cars that provide a taxi-like service for a fee.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has unveiled the Canadian government's new approach to dealing with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, ending air strikes while increasing Canada's participation in other areas including planning, intelligence and training.
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Facing higher than average unemployment and a growing threat of bankruptcy, post-secondary students are lobbying the federal government this month for billions in new spending to help cover the cost of university and college education. The largest organization for post-secondary students in Canada is calling on the federal government to fund university and college education the same way it does health care and enshrine it in legislation. The Canadian Federation of Students used about 200 meetings in a week of lobbying on Parliament Hill to argue for a federal post-secondary education bill that would repurpose cash used for programs like the registered education savings plan into a $3.3-billion annual transfer for provinces to make post-secondary education free.
Everton Biddersingh, 60, of Toronto, had little to say before Superior Court Justice Al O'Marra handed down the punishment for the "horrible" crime. A jury last month convicted Biddersingh of first-degree murder in the death of his 17-year-old daughter, Melonie Biddersingh. In a written impact statement, the victim's mother described the devastation she felt after learning in 2012 that her daughter's charred remains had finally been identified.
As health experts grapple with the spread of the Zika virus, worried Canadian travellers — including those who are not concerned about pregnancy — are wondering what options they have to change their plans.
Calgary city council has decided to put off a decision on a proposal for a building in Chinatown that could see construction of a building twice the currently allowed maximum height in Chinatown. The Chinatown Business Revitalization Zone (BRZ) has come out against the proposed redesignation of a parking lot on Second Avenue southwest. Terry Wong, the executive director of of the BRZ, along with a few dozen others, held an information session along downtown streets Monday morning, just before the council meeting started.
"We are trying to take those individuals and groups and introduce them to local families who want loved ones sponsored," said Leslie Emory, the organization's executive director. Under a G5, sponsors have to raise enough money to house, feed and care for a refugee family for one year.
FortWhyte Alive is gearing to up to launch an outdoor forest and nature based kinder-school. Kids will ditch desks for tree stumps, the schoolyard for FortWhyte Alive's woodlands and a traditional curriculum for 'inquiry-based' learning.
The fiancée of a Gatineau, Que., man who has been missing for two months says his disappearance remains a heartbreaking mystery for his family, and she's doing everything she can to figure out what happened. Yves Cyr, 41, was last seen Dec. 7 in the industrial park near Boulevard de l'Aeroport in Gatineau, Que. It was about 3:30 p.m. in the afternoon and he had just left work nearby. ... We're not into drugs, we're not into alcohol, we don't go to bars, we don't go anywhere," said Anne Boudria, Cyr's fiancée, in an interview Sunday.
Mon, Feb 8: Sexologist and relationship psychotherapist Dr. Carlen Costa talks about what you can do if your relationship has gone stale.
In an era when some Canadians are cutting back on groceries and skimping on the rent just to stay online, there's a growing argument that high-speed home internet access is no longer a luxury, but a necessity. Internet access has become necessary for employment, education and civic engagement, advocates say. The Affordable Access Coalition, made up of public policy, consumer advocate and anti-poverty organizations, is petitioning the CRTC to subsidize internet access for low-income and rural Canadians.
The town hasn't had a permanent hairdresser in years. "Whenever I get out of town, that's like the first thing, 'Oh my God! I'm going to get my hair done!'" laughs Nicky Richards, the economic development officer for the town of about 800 people. It's a unique, small-town problem, something people in Norman Wells say they took for granted when they had a permanent hairstylist.
A decision by Tim Hortons and Burger King to serve only cage-free eggs by 2025 is shining a spotlight on how the breakfast staple makes it from farm to plate. After winning commitments from several major restaurant brands to offer only cage-free eggs, animal rights group Mercy for Animals is taking aim at a new target: Canada’s biggest grocers. Krista Hiddema, managing director of Canadian operations at Mercy for Animals, says that in the next couple of weeks, Canadians can expect to hear several more big announcements from organizations pledging to offer only cage-free eggs.
One of the men accused of killing Tim Bosma placed an urgent order to have a black pickup truck painted red just days after the Hamilton man went missing, court heard Monday. The owner of an autobody shop testified that Dellen Millard called him on May 8, 2013, wanting a rush job on the work and offering to drop off the truck the next day. When asked if he wanted the interior repainted as well, Millard said he had already stripped it down and to leave it black, Tony Diciano told the court.
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A Calgary Parks project that includes the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary is starting to draw criticism from nature advocates who say any development could hurt the integrity of the sanctuary.
Sure, you can get the usual snacks like candy and chips available from vending machines but in Paris, but now locals can enjoy steak, sausage and ham anytime of the day from the capital’s first automatic raw meat dispenser. Installed outside a butcher’s shop called L’Ami Txulette, the raw meat vending machine caters to people with a sudden appetite for beef carpaccio, Bayonne ham and more, available 24 hours a day, according to The Telegraph. “The vending machine offers a selection of our products which we prepare and vacuum-pack ourselves,” Florence Pouzol, the owner of the shop told the news outlet.
A P.E.I. Mi'kmaq leader is petitioning to have the name of Park's Canada national historic site Port-la-Joye–Fort Amherst changed. The site, which overlooks the Charlottetown Harbour from the southwest, should be renamed to reflect its Mi'kmaq heritage, said Keptin John Joe Sark. Gen. Jeffrey Amherst distributed blankets contaminated with smallpox to aboriginal people and shouldn't be commemorated on P.E.I., he said.
Canada Lands, the Crown corporation that owns the 40-hectare property, is not releasing how much the demolition will cost. The contractor will take about two weeks to prepare for the demolition by setting up a camp inside the fenced area.
Education Minister David Eggen suggested there may be some room for compromise after meeting with the province's Roman Catholic bishops on Monday about his department's new gender-identity guidelines for Alberta schools. Eggen met with Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith, Calgary Bishop Fred Henry, St. Paul Bishop Paul Terrio and auxiliary bishop Greg Bittman.
Adedayo will run 17 marathons in his birth country Nigeria, from Abuja to Lagos, in 17 days for 17 in 17. The skin condition is rare in North America — there are only about 300 cases a year in the United States. Adedayo’s brother contracted Stevens-Johnson while working as a doctor in his native Nigeria.
Cockroaches "seem to be able to go anywhere," said University of California at Berkeley biology professor Robert Full, co-author of a study about the prototype cockroach robot. Co-author Kaushik Jayaram, a Harvard robotics researcher, said the most difficult part was the design, but after that he used off-the-shelf electronics and motors, cardboard, polyester and some knowledge of origami.
The tiny village of Dixville Notch is once again planning on being the first municipality to vote in the state's primary election on Tuesday. It's the township's claim to fame: since 1960, the entire population of the village has met at the Balsams Grand Resort Hotel to vote in unison at midnight. In New Hampshire, once every eligible voter has voted, the results of the poll can be announced.
MONTREAL - Shippers on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway want the Canadian government to fund a couple of new heavy icebreakers for the waterways, possibly using money from its widely touted infrastructure program.
The Alzheimer's Society of New Brunswick is running Memory Cafés to encourage and inform people with dementia and their caregivers. Joyce Moore has been going to the Memory Café in Fredericton with her husband Bill since it started two years ago. "It really builds a camaraderie amongst the people who are on the same journey," said Moore.
The Shaughnessy Ecological Reserve in Point Douglas will be renamed Mokriy Ecological Reserve on Monday in honour of the couple who fought to create it and who take care of wildlife on the city-owned property. Since 2008, Don and Olga Mokriy have advocated for the city to protect the wooded area behind their home on the corner of Aberdeen Avenue and Shuaghnessy Street. The land was finally listed as protected about two years ago, said Olga Mokriy.
Anderson, alongside hundreds of others, made her way to a forum put on by the Edmonton Lifelong Learners Association to gain a better understanding of the controversial issue. Dr. Brendan Leier, a Clinical Ethicist at the University of Alberta and speaker at the conference, feels the Supreme Court of Canada's foray into medicine, which falls under provincial jurisdiction, is unorthodox. The deadline for provincial governments to draft new guidelines is June 6th. Leier said this deadline has created a "fairly confusing situation" for provincial governments.
Stocks in Toronto and New York fell sharply Monday, as slumping oil prices flustered investors amid growing fears of a global economic slowdown.
If you want to sell seafood to the Asian market, the China Fisheries and Seafood Expo in Qingdao is a must-attend. At the corner booth of the Canadian pavilion — which is in just one of seven large convention centres, all on a massive exposition compound just on the edge of the port city of Qingdao — is the Newfoundland and Labrador counter. A not particularly large booth at a sprawling convention means something: namely, Newfoundland and Labrador is a small global player.
Sun, Feb 7: A snowmobiler was killed Saturday afternoon, after he was struck by an SUV in Saint-Prosper-de-Champlain. The snowmobile was dragged along for several meters before it burst into flames.
Beyoncé slayed her performance in the Super Bowl 50 halftime show as expected on Sunday evening, alongside singer Bruno Mars, producer Mark Ronson and what appeared to be an army of leather-clad backup dancers. Coldplay was also there. The British alt-rock band, best known for its mellow radio hits and lead singer Chris Martin's former marriage to Gwyneth Paltrow, had actually been booked as the headliner for the show.
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Two Canadian teams closed out Super Bowl weekend with very different results on Sunday afternoon. Montreal appears to be getting back on track, while Edmonton had a weekend to forget.
"The bottom turns over and oxygen is allowed to get in there and so the plants can grow. Of course, if the lake becomes stagnant and doesn't turn over then organisms will die. There will be no fish, birds whatever," Hall told CBC Radio's Information Morning. Williams said high salt content can prevent a lake from turning over.