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 »
The same Russian online troll farm that meddled in the American presidential election has also taken swipes at Canadian targets, including oil infrastructure and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Evidence is embedded in data made publicly available through investigations in the United States, where congressional probes have been examining Russian information campaigns following the 2016 presidential election. One report from a Republican-led committee in the House of Representatives released this month said the St. Petersburg troll factory, members of which now face criminal charges in the U.S., posted online about energy roughly half as often as it did about American presidential politics.
Kathi Von Gunten Wiebe and her 12-year-old son Alex, were looking forward to Hedley's show at the Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg for months, that is until Saturday morning when Von Gunten Wiebe sold their tickets for half price on Kijiji. On Friday Toronto Police confirmed the sex crimes unit is investigating some allegations against Hoggard.
Max FineDay felt an unspeakable rage and an overwhelming sorrow when Gerald Stanley walked free from the courthouse in Battleford, Sask., earlier this year. In February, the white Saskatchewan farmer was acquitted of second-degree murder in the death of the Cree man. FineDay travelled home to the Sweetgrass First Nation in Saskatchewan to speak to his elders after the verdict was announced.
If there was a bingo game for watching the antics at the B.C. Legislature, there's an easy answer for what would be the free centre square: a phrase so overused, so ubiquitous, that it would be unfair to give any one player an advantage in having it. Meaning, how long the B.C. Liberals were in power. In total, NDP MLAs have said "16 years" a grand total of 484 times in the Legislature since forming government, according to Hansard, the official record of proceedings. It averages out to around eight times a day — during question period, debates, and members' statements.
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Engineers and state and university officials met hours before a new pedestrian bridge collapsed in southern Florida, killing six people, but concluded a crack in the structure was not a safety concern, Florida International University said on Saturday. The meeting on Thursday involved FIGG, which is the private contractor for the overall bridge design, the school, Florida Department of Transportation officials and Munilla Construction Management, which installed the $14.2 million bridge. A FIGG engineer "concluded there were no safety concerns and the crack did not compromise the structural integrity of the bridge," the university said in a statement.
A mock armed intruder scenario — complete with gunshots and realistic screaming — is underway in Ottawa this weekend as the federal government updates its security training videos. The new made-in-Canada video will replace the one produced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which shows employees how they should react if an active shooter were on the loose. "We needed the employees to see their own work environment," said Anne-Marie Pelletier, chief security officer with the Privy Council Office.
Para nordic star Mark Arendz carried Canada's flag into the closing ceremony of the 2018 Paralympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, as the Canadian contingent celebrated its best-ever Winter Paralympics performance. Canada set a new national Paralympic record with 28 medals in Pyeongchang, eclipsing the previous best of 19 from the 2010 Games in Vancouver. Canadian Paralympians earned eight gold, four silver and 16 bronze in South Korea.
By Dominic Evans and Lisa Barrington ISTANBUL/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Turkish forces and their Syrian rebel allies swept into the northwestern Syrian town of Afrin on Sunday, raising their flags in the town center and declaring full control after an eight-week campaign to drive out Kurdish YPG forces. A spokesman for the rebel fighters said they entered Afrin before dawn, meeting no resistance. A war monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said pockets of YPG fighters defied orders to withdraw, but Turkish forces were in control.
A Calgary Zoo ecologist has helped develop new guidelines to protect frogs, salamanders and other amphibians impacted by human development on the prairies. "Amphibians are really sensitive because their skin will absorb all kinds of environmental contaminants or toxins," said Leah Randall, a population ecologist with the centre for conservation research at the Calgary Zoo.
Stung by accusations of spreading "fake news," the Vatican on Saturday released the complete letter by Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI about Pope Francis after coming under blistering criticism for selectively citing it in a press release and digitally manipulating a photograph of it. The previously hidden part of the letter provides the full explanation why Benedict refused to write a commentary on a new Vatican-published compilation of books about Francis' theological and philosophical background that was released to mark his fifth anniversary as pope. "I'm certain you can understand why I'm declining," Benedict wrote.
A new exhibit will be on display at the Museum of Anthropology (MOA) at the University of British Columbia starting Sunday. Culture at the Centre showcases the work of five different Indigenous-run museums and community centres around British Columbia. Visitors will be able to see and experience the collected artwork, artifacts, languages and knowledge of the Musqueam, Squamish, Lil'wat, Heiltsuk, Nisg̱a'a and Haida peoples, all in one location for the first time.
A non-existent university proclaiming to be in the "province" of California has helped itself to the University of Alberta's history and borrowed information about famous Canadians to fill out a section about notable people. The website for "California South University" describes its campus as 150 buildings in 50 city blocks in Irvine, Calif., which is awfully similar to how the University of Alberta's campus in Edmonton is described on Wikipedia. It also copies extensive parts of Margaret Atwood's Wikipedia biography for faculty member "Annie Danny" and UoA's Michael Houghton's information gets lifted for "Prof. Dr. Carol Thomson," according to the Edmonton Journal.
The Irish spirit is alive and well in Hudson where the ninth annual St. Patrick's Day parade marched through the streets, Saturday afternoon. Mary McGuinness, who is Irish and lives in nearby Saint-Lazare, said she loves the parade and comes every year with her family. "I'm from Ireland, so I try to share my traditions with my kids," McGuinness said.
The Hogwarts summer school is being planned for Shawnigan Lake, on Vancouver Island, says teenage camp coordinator Maddy Kirstein. "That means you will be in a world that we have created, that J.K. Rowling created," Kirstein said. The camp will not only be a chance to dress up like a character from Harry Potter, but also to attend Hogwarts-style classes.
Central Queen's Funeral Home manager Chris Gallant says about 40 per cent of clients choose to have a funeral service on-site, rather than at a church. Gallant says there are a variety of reasons for choosing using funeral home facilities for services.
The Chicago River has been dyed a bright shade of green, kicking off the city's St. Patrick's Day festivities. Thousands of people lined the riverfront downtown Chicago on Saturday to see the dyeing, a tradition for the holiday that dates to 1962. Among those marching in the parade were Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner and many candidates running in Tuesday's primary election.
British graffiti artist Banksy is drawing crowds to his New York City mural but for an unfortunate reason. It seems somebody added a signature tag to his artful protest of the imprisonment of a Turkish artist and journalist. The mural bearing the slogan "Free Zehra Dogan" was recently installed on the Houston Bowery Wall, made famous by Keith Haring in the 1970s.
The Toronto Transit Commission will install gates at the entrance to a busy downtown streetcar tunnel after yet another motorist drove in and got stuck, holding up two major streetcar routes for hours. Toronto police says a man in his 20s was arrested for impaired driving. It took crews several hours to remove the small blue car from the tunnel and regular streetcar service resumed shortly after 10 a.m.
Contrary to earlier reports that a year in space had changed astronaut Scott Kelly's DNA from his twin's, later reporting revealed that such was not the case. What did change was his genetic expression, which is shaped by the environment a human finds itself in. Kelly's genetic makeup was similar to what mountain climbers or scuba divers undergo, according to a NASA spokesperson who wanted to set the record straight.
Rob Anderson was fighting wildfires in Alberta when the helicopter he was in crashed into the side of a mountain. More than 10 years after that accident, Anderson, now 39, says prosthetic limb technology has come a long way, and he feels fortunate to be using "top of the line stuff" to help him function as normally as possible. Anderson is one of four Canadian participants in a study that suggests there's a way to change that.
A unit of Chinese ride-hailing firm Didi Chuxing has submitted an application to raise 10 billion yuan ($1.6 billion) through an issuance of asset-backed securities. Didi, which said in December it had raised $4 billion to support its overseas expansion, did not respond to a Reuters' request for comment on how the funds would be used. Dirun's sole shareholder is Didi Chuxing, local government records show.
It's hard to believe Suzanne Eddy's apartment exists in Toronto. Once, Eddy says, a large, angry raccoon crashed through the bathroom ceiling terrifying her family and their pets. Eddy has been living at the East Side Motel, at 3300 Kingston Road in Scarborough, for five years.
It's a parka that has kept little girls warm across the North for generations, and it starts with Joella Hogan's story — for now. The young Hogan was only six or seven years old when she received the coat — a First Nations peer at her Whitehorse school was moving away and that family offered the parka to Hogan. "My mom was so grateful and I wore it," said Hogan, who first cozied up in the embellished, navy, wool coat in the 1980s.
There are times when, as much as she tries, Suzie Napayok can't help herself. In a single day, she helped tell the complex, tragic story of an Inuk woman whose sister went missing in Montreal in October 1994.