It has been predicted by meteorologists and forecasters for months, most of Canada will experience a particularly cold and snowy winter. Chris Scott, chief meteorologist at The Weather Network told Yahoo Canada News there is a big swirl of a polar vortex on its way that is bringing cold temperatures to much of Canada, from Saskatchewan and Manitoba, to Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes. “The big story is it’s really winter asserting itself for practically the whole nation,” Scott said.Read More »
BEIRUT/ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The Turkish army struck a convoy entering Syria's Kurdish-held Afrin region, which Ankara said carried fighters and weapons but Kurdish forces said was made up of civilians entering with food and medicine. In a statement on Friday, the Turkish military said a fleet of some 30-40 vehicles of the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia had approached the main town of the northwest Afrin region. It said artillery targeted the convoy "carrying terrorists, weapons and ammunition".
IAC/Interactive Corp's video hosting service Vimeo is targeting 1 million in paid subscribers and more than $100 million in revenue in about a year, its chief executive officer said in an interview. Vimeo, which offers cloud-based video hosting, editing and sharing tools to individuals and business customers, had 873,000 paid subscribers at the end of the fourth quarter, up 14 percent from a year earlier.
By Eric Auchard FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Two words - artificial intelligence - promise to upstage familiar technology industry themes like 5G, the Internet of Things and virtual reality at next week's Mobile World Congress, Europe's biggest annual technology industry gathering. Telecom operators are looking to artificial intelligence as a potential money-spinner to combat stagnating mobile service revenues as once-lucrative features like text messaging have become commoditized and customer growth wanes as almost everyone who can afford a phone and a data plan already has one. Artificial intelligence, or AI, uses computers to perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence, such as taking decisions, recognizing text, speech and images, or translating foreign languages.
Members of north Edmonton's francophone community are calling for action on what they say is a lack of French public schools in the area. Community members raised their concerns at a Black History Month celebration Thursday night at École À la Découverte at 113th Street and 109th Avenue. It's the only public school in north Edmonton for children whose mother tongue is French.
The deputy head of the U.N. agency for HIV/AIDS will not seek to renew his term in office though it is not reasonable to link his departure to a sexual harassment allegation that proved unsubstantiated, a spokesman said on Friday. Luiz Loures' exit was the second of a high-level United Nations official in as many days, after Justin Forsyth, deputy director of the U.N. Children's Fund, resigned saying he did not want coverage of his past mistakes to damage UNICEF. Forty allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse were made during the last three months of 2017 against U.N. peacekeeping missions, agencies, funds and programs as well as implementing partners, the United Nations said on Thursday.
British actor Stephen Fry said on Friday he has had surgery to remove his prostate after battling cancer for two months, adding in a video posted on Friday that the operation appears to have been successful. The 60-year-old actor was part of the comic double act Fry and Laurie with actor Hugh Laurie, whom he knew from university, and has appeared in films such as "V for Vendetta," "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" and "Blackadder's Christmas Carol". Fry said he had gone to his doctor just before Christmas to get a flu jab when signs of the cancer were first noticed.
A social media post that originated in the United States had students in Stephenville High School, in western Newfoundland, on edge Thursday. The Bay St. George RCMP received a call Thursday afternoon that a social media threat stating, "Someone is bringing a hand gun to school tomorrow," was targeting SHS. Students at the Newfoundland school were seeing the threat on Snapchat and Facebook and thought it referred to Stephenville High School.
The City of St. John's has had its knuckles rapped by the provincial privacy commissioner after an employee snooped in the motor vehicle files of a person involved in a dispute with a parking enforcement officer. - Ensure all employees receive adequate privacy training.
Amanda Frigault made an emotional plea on Friday morning at RCMP headquarters in Fredericton. "Please help them find Brayden, help them bring him home and help begin to heal the hearts of all the people who love him," Frigault said.
Gatineau's public transportation system boosted its ridership numbers by 3.7 per cent in January. Société de transport de l'Outaouais (STO) attributes the bump to the introduction of their social fare — a lower fare rate for individuals living below the poverty line — which came into effect Jan. 1. Myriam Nadeau, STO's president, is aiming to spread similar fares across the province.
For 19 years, Arthur Black was a central part of Saturday mornings on CBC Radio. Black died this week at the age of 74, and two Prince Edward Islanders who worked with him are looking back fondly on their time with him. From 1983 to 2002 Basic Black focused on the strange and eccentric in the news, reaching out to people around the world to describe the odd situations they had found themselves in, or to explain the bizarre eccentricities they practised.
Discussions between Mosaïculture Internationales de Montréal and Canadian Heritage have not borne fruit, as Radio-Canada has learned the federal department will not fund a return of the horticulture exhibit in 2018. A spokesperson for Hull-Aylmer MP Greg Fergus confirmed the news, but said the MP is exploring other funding options, such as petitioning other federal departments like Canada Economic Development for Québec Regions. Last summer the popular Canada 150 exhibit attracted 1.3 million visitors and generated $28 million for the capital region.
Federal Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould appointed two Saskatchewan lawyers to the province's Court of Queen's Bench on Thursday. Heather MacMillan-Brown and Meghan McCreary were both appointed judges in Saskatoon and Regina, respectively. MacMillan-Brown is a partner with Miller Thompson and will replace Justice M.L. Dovell who elected to become a supernumerary judge in December.
By Alasdair Pal LONDON (Reuters) - Amazon's assault on the retail industry has brought misery to traditional retailers without a strong web presence. Less well noticed is the patchwork of European companies that are turning the e-commerce revolution to their advantage, supplying online giants with everything from forklift trucks and storage space to cardboard boxes and automated warehouses. Online retail sales are growing at double-digit percentage rates in every western European country, according to consultancy the Centre for Retail Research.
Nearly 200 people registered to participate in two nights of consultation on the future use, maintenance and expansion of the National Capital Commission's multi-use pathway network. Cyclists, pedestrians and cross-country skiers attended Thursday night's consultation at the NCC's Capital Urbanism Lab. Bruce Devine, the NCC's senior manager of facilities and programs, said attendance has been slightly skewed toward cyclists but the commission is making an effort to solicit views from other pathway users.
(Reuters) - Shares of Hewlett Packard Enterprise rose 7 percent to a record in early trading on Friday after the company unveiled a $7 billion share buyback program, reported strong quarterly results and raised its full-year profit forecast. The results were the first under new Chief Executive Officer Antonio Neri, who took over from Meg Whitman in February. HPE has been cutting costs and investing in research to bolster its mainstay server business amid competition from cheaper, non-branded assembled servers even as IT spending shows signs of improvement.
Despite Team Canada's heartbreaking shootout loss in the women's hockey gold medal game, Jillian Saulnier says she wouldn't change a thing about her Olympic run. The 25-year-old forward from Halifax will return home with a silver medal after Sunday's closing ceremonies of the Olympic games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. "It's been an amazing journey and the support that I've had from back home in Nova Scotia has been incredibly overwhelming in the best way possible," Saulnier told CBC's Information Morning on Friday.
A proposed Canadian class action that alleged secret cost-saving design changes made to a highway safety guardrail had in fact turned the barrier into a potentially lethal spear has been settled, court documents show. This week's settlement of the $500-million action filed by the city of Stratford, Ont., in February 2015 will see Trinity Industries pay $400,000 — without any admission it did anything wrong. "Neither this agreement nor anything in it shall be interpreted as a concession or admission of wrongdoing or liability by (Trinity)," the settlement agreement states.
Alan Armbruster of Fairbanks, Alaska, got his start in snow carving following a bet in a bar two decades ago — and he's been creating art with snow ever since. "My friend's nephew was playing in the Stanley Cup finals, and I told him that if he won I would carve a Stanley Cup out of snow for him," said Armbruster. Armbruster says since then, he's forged many friendships through snow carving, perhaps none more unusual than with his current carving teammate, An Qifeng.
The application for a rare type of peace bond against accused "sleepwatcher" Barry Sinclair will move forward, after a provincial court judge rejected a request to toss it out Friday morning. Last month, Sinclair's lawyer Ellen O'Gorman had asked for a directed verdict in the matter involving her client. O'Gorman questioned whether the RNC's fears of Sinclair committing a future break and enter with voyeurism met the test for the type of peace bond sought by police.
May 2 will mark two years since the wildfire reached Fort McMurray. Causing $3.56 billion in damage, the Insurance Bureau of Canada considers it the costliest insured disaster in Canadian history. Many insurance policies have a two-year window within which claims must be settled, otherwise policyholders cannot take insurers to court.
Heavy trucks are scraping the top of a newly renovated train viaduct on Marcel-Laurin Boulevard, contributing to delays on the problem-plagued Deux-Montagnes commuter rail line. Each time this happens, train service is halted for the 31,000 daily passengers who use the nearby Bois-Francs train station. Passenger frustration is already high with the service on the Deux-Montagnes line.
Alphabet Inc's Google is raising the price of its YouTube TV online service for new customers as it adds channels from Time Warner Inc's Turner, National Basketball League and Major League Baseball, the company said Wednesday. Less than one year after launching YouTube TV, the company is increasing its pricing to $40 per month from $35 per month as it adds Turner's channels, which include TNT, CNN and TBS, and soon will be adding MLB Network and NBA TV, the company said. Google is expanding its offering at a time when a growing number of competing services, such as Dish Network Corp's Sling TV, AT&T's DirecTV Now and Hulu, are vying to win over the growing number of viewers who are cancelling their cable subscriptions to watch their favorite shows online.