Former CIA Director John Brennan told Congress Tuesday he personally warned Russia last summer against interfering in the U.S. presidential election and was so concerned about Russian contacts with people involved in Donald Trump's campaign that he convened top counterintelligence officials to focus on them. Meanwhile, a Senate committee issued two additional subpoenas to businesses of ousted Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, one of several key figures in the Russia-Trump campaign probe, and sent a letter to his lawyer questioning his basis for claiming a Fifth Amendment right not to provide documents. If there is no response from Flynn, the Senate Intelligence Committee may consider a contempt-of-Congress charge, said Chairman Richard Burr of North Carolina.
Trudeau issued a statement after police in the English city said 22 people were killed and at least 50 injured by an explosion near the end of a concert by American pop star Ariana Grande on Monday night. "On behalf of all Canadians, our deepest condolences go out to the families and friends of those who were killed. Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale earlier expressed concern over what he called "brutal attacks" in northern England.
A teacher in Nunavut who turned to crowdfunding for a modest greenhouse to grow vegetables with his students is revising his plans after Canadians responded with a bumper crop of donations. Adam Malcolm originally asked for $4,500 on GoFundMe for a greenhouse about the size of a garden shed to grow fresh produce in Qikiqtarjuaq, but following news reports about his project last month, more than four times that amount has been pledged. A welding equipment company, Weldcor, has even paid for two larger greenhouses, which Malcolm said have made it as far as Iqaluit and are awaiting a flight to the Inuksuit School in the remote Baffin Island community.
By Anna Irrera NEW YORK (Reuters) - Financial and technology companies led by Bank of America Corp , SBI Holdings Inc , HSBC Holdings Plc , Intel Corp and Temasek Holdings have invested $107 million in R3 CEV, a startup which runs a big bank consortium seeking to develop blockchain technology, it said on Tuesday. Over 40 institutions from more than 15 countries participated in the first two tranches of the New York company's fundraising round, making it one of the largest investments in a blockchain company to date, R3 said in a statement.
South Africa's city of Cape Town is instructing people to severely restrict water use because of the area's worst drought in more than a century. The city, a major international tourist destination, said it is experiencing the impact of climate change and predicts little rain in the next three weeks. Cape Town residents worried about sediment from dam reservoirs with low water levels are starting to boil tap water, said Justin Friedman, founder of For Love of Water , a non-profit group that promotes conservation.
Prince Edward Island led the country in productivity growth in 2016, but still has the lowest productivity in the country. Labour productivity is a measure of the output of an economy compared to the number of hours worked. As measured in 2007 dollars, national productivity hit $50 an hour in 2016, while it was just $30.70 on P.E.I.
PBS is collaborating with the BBC on a special live event this summer where cameras will try to catch bears, wolves, eagles and other wildlife in their natural habitat in Alaska. "Wild Alaska Live" will air over three nights on PBS on July 23, 26 and 30. Cameras placed in the Tongass National Forest, the Kenai Fjords National Park, in Hallo Bay and other locations will hunt for wildlife as the show discusses how the state's human population interacts with nature.
The Canada Revenue Agency says eight of its employees were fired in the last fiscal year after violating taxpayers' privacy. Previously, the agency has not always confirmed if an employee was fired or shuffled out of the CRA for being part of a privacy breach, often citing the employee's privacy. A spokesman for the agency says the employees in each case were found to have had unauthorized access to taxpayer information, including one incident that the CRA calls the largest such breach in the agency's history.
If you live on the north side of Fredericton, you might want to leave a few extra minutes early to get to work on time. Starting this week, Greenwood Drive in Fredericton is going to be closed for repairs. Transit users who live between between Carman Avenue and the Route 8 intersection will be provided a taxi service by the City of Fredericton.
Community groups in Chinatown say despite changes, a proposed residential building does not fit in with their Vancouver neighbourhood. Beedie Development Group's 105 Keefer project will be the subject of a public hearing on Tuesday after the developer made further revisions to the design. "The biggest concern for us is how the building relates to the overall context of Chinatown," Bill Yuen with Heritage Vancouver said.
For the past two years, city staff have been gathering feedback about permanently reducing a stretch of Jasper Avenue between 109th Street and 124th Street from seven lanes of traffic to five, including turning lanes. Scott McKeen, who represents the ward, said it's about striking a balance between downtown residents and commuters.
On the first day of the biggest trial in South Korea in years, two small gestures reflect the state of a friendship that toppled a president. Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye was a study in determination as she strode into a packed Seoul courtroom Tuesday to begin a trial that could send her to prison for life if convicted on the most serious charges. Park's face betrayed no hint of whatever emotions roiled within, even as flashes exploded and a horde of cameras zoomed in for extreme close-ups that were piped to millions of curious South Koreans.
A constitutional challenge to the Trudeau government's restrictive law on assisted dying has been bolstered with the addition of a second plaintiff: a B.C. woman who suffers unbearable pain from a debilitating, incurable disease but can't get medical help to end her life because her death is not imminent. "What's the point of waiting until somebody's almost dead before you do anything about it?" Moro said in an interview. Moro suffers from Parkinson's disease, a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system.
The safety of children was the motivating factor behind a community group petitioning the Regina Public School Board to bring back the buses. The group, consisting of parents and concerned citizens, wants the board reconsider changes to the busing routes which are slated to roll out in the fall which will result in kindergarten to eighth grade students walking to school if they live less than a kilometre away. "For many children out there, that's going to be a lot more than one kilometre," Eberle said of actual walking distance, rather than the "as the crow flies" philosophy.
A Yellowknife seniors' home has suspended a day program for seniors living outside the centre, and their families say that's left them alone at home. Avens seniors' community suspended its day program last December. At 97, Prakash Chugh does not have much opportunity to leave her home in Yellowknife.
A Virgin Atlantic flight from Dubai to London that was evacuated over unspecified concerns earlier Thursday in the United Arab Emirates was cleared after a security check and took off for Britain, officials said. The Airbus 330 had just left its gate in Dubai when it suddenly turned back and evacuated its passengers after receiving an unspecified threat, authorities said. Nothing wrong was found abroad the aircraft heading to London's Heathrow Airport from Dubai International Airport and it later took off.
A Yukon gold mine project that's attracted national attention is gearing up now that thousands of planning documents have been submitted to Yukon's environmental assessment board for public scrutiny. Goldcorp Inc., one of the world's largest gold producers, has filed 19,000 documents on the Coffee Gold mine to the Yukon Environmental and Socio-economic Assessment Board. Goldcorp filed the documents in March, but they just became public last week.
If you don't have a green thumb and you're tired of weeding grass, you might want to swap out your regular lawn for a clover one, a Manitoba environmental group suggests. "A clover lawn is basically just a really environmentally friendly and practical substitute for the normal Kentucky bluegrass lawn, which is the normal grass you see everywhere," said Clark Northwood of the Manitoba Eco-Network. Clover, which grows more slowly than standard lawn grass, only needs to be mowed every two weeks — compared to once a week for regular grass — and requires about one-fifth as much watering, Northwood said.
Robin Rosborough wades into the river bed and shakes a tin pan of rocks and sludge until tiny specks of gold begin sparkling through the muck. The Edmonton area man has been panning for gold along the banks of the North Saskatchewan River for more than three decades. Rosborough began sluicing for fortune after learning the trade from an old-timer he happened to meet on the banks of the river.
Charlottetown Rural Grade 12 student Tess Lyons has helped bring three friendship benches to the school. Lyons applied to the Royal Bank's Make 150 Count campaign, and was one of more than 1,000 young Canadians who earned a $150 grant. The goal of the campaign is to give young Canadians a chance to make your community a better place.
Cigars, coffee, real estate and railways — goods and services of all kinds were advertised on the sides of Edmonton's brick buildings in the early 1900s. "They invariably fade beautifully over time," points out Dan Rose, a member of the Edmonton Historical Board. Edmonton has them on almost every downtown block and in various states of decay.
Call it the tale of Toronto's two housing markets: on one side are the million-dollar-plus single-detached homes, and on the other, those tiny boxes in the sky. What's missing, is everything in the middle. Tuesday morning, mayors from across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) will meet with developers and industry stakeholders to take a closer look at the findings.
Environment Yukon has boxes of horn core samples from thinhorn sheep, wrapped in coin envelopes. They are collected and tracked every time a hunter harvests a sheep, and now the samples are being used for research.
Chance the Rapper's show tomorrow near Toronto's waterfront is being postponed by six days because of high water levels on Lake Ontario, an entertainment company that is promoting his concert says. Live Nation said in a note posted to the Ticketmaster website that the performance has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 30th at Budweiser Stage (formerly the Molson Amphitheatre) at 8 p.m. "Due to the unprecedented water levels of Lake Ontario, the venue is continuing to experience a level of water intake that will jeopardize production of the concert and fan experience," the company said in the note.