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 »
B.C.'s Supreme Court has dismissed legal challenges to Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain expansion project from the City of Vancouver and the Squamish Nation. In a pair of rulings issued Thursday morning, Justice Christopher Grauer found the province of British Columbia acted reasonably in issuing an environmental assessment certificate to the company. As Grauer pointed out in his opening remarks to both cases, the decisions are not the end of the legal hurdles facing the pipeline.
"Hurricane" Hazel McCallion, who did not want to see Doug Ford become mayor of Toronto four years ago, now evidently believes he should be Ontario's next premier. McCallion, a Canadian political legend who served as mayor of Mississauga for 36 years, made her position known in a video released by Ontario Progressive Conservatives Thursday. The endorsement could represent a blow to Kathleen Wynne's Ontario Liberals, a party the 97-year-old publicly backed in 2014.
Gunshots came so rapidly during the deadliest mass shooting in the nation's modern history that one Las Vegas police officer feared he was facing a fully stocked assault team with tactical gear. Other officers raced casino-to-casino, debunking reports of multiple shooters and false bomb threats on the Las Vegas Strip while colleagues put themselves in harm's way to protect wounded and fleeing concert-goers in the Oct. 1 shooting that left 58 people dead, hundreds injured and uncounted others traumatized. "As I was lying on top of them people were trampling over top of us trying to escape the area," wrote one officer, identified only as M. Amburgey.
Airstrikes overnight in eastern Syria killed at least 12 pro-government fighters, all reportedly foreign nationals, a war-monitoring group said Thursday. The Syrian government-run media blamed the strikes on the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group. In Damascus, the SANA news agency said coalition aircraft struck military positions between the towns of Boukamal and Hmeimeh in Deir el-Zour province.
Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson says the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project won't be a "silver bullet" for the city's economy even if it goes ahead. The contentious project would nearly triple the capacity of the existing Trans Mountain pipeline, which carries diluted bitumen and other products from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C.
The father of a woman who died in a house fire in a northwestern Manitoba First Nation this week said his relatives who escaped the fire are carrying survivor's guilt. "Some of them, you know, blame themselves," said Jimmy Colomb Sr., who lost his daughter Daisy, 41, in the midday fire. Community members have identified the woman as Daisy Colomb, a mother who was reported sleeping while the fire raged.
Even if you're not signed up to run, it'll be hard to avoid Ottawa Race Weekend if you're anywhere near central Ottawa/Gatineau this weekend.
Def Leppard and Journey have hit the road together for a 60-show tour, but they promise there won't be any squabbles over which band headlines each night. Simple as that," says Joe Elliott, lead singer of Def Leppard. The two bands will take turns closing out shows in 58 cities, including concerts at iconic venues such as Boston's Fenway Park, Chicago's Wrigley Field, The Forum in Los Angeles and New York's Madison Square Garden, an arena where Def Leppard will play its first-ever full concert.
The U.N. chief said Thursday he is "deeply concerned" by the cancellation of the planned summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Guterres' comments came as he laid out his disarmament agenda, warning that nuclear agreements between states are threatened like never before.
A sexual assault centre in North Battleford will be cutting some of their services due to a lack of provincial funding. The Battlefords and Area Sexual Assault Centre (BACAS) is the only provincially-funded outreach centre for people in northern Saskatchewan who have been been affected by sexual violence. It provides support and counselling for people around central and northern Saskatchewan, as well as prevention education programs for schools.
When the main draw for the French Open was revealed on Thursday, Milos Raonic's name was nowhere to be found — an increasingly familiar site for the Thornhill, Ont., native as of late. Earlier this week, Raonic announced that he won't be participating at Roland Garros with an undisclosed injury. In 2016, Raonic appeared to be on the cusp of a major breakthrough after making his first Grand Slam final and ending the season ranked No.3 in the world.
Residents of a northwestern Ontario First Nation who have been diagnosed with mercury poisoning are up to six times more likely to suffer from a wide range of debilitating health problems, a new report finds. The community commissioned environmental health expert Donna Mergler, a member of a World Health Organization-affiliated research group, to study the fallout of eating fish caught from nearby waterways, which were contaminated by decades-old industrial pollution. "With this health survey and with the discovery of mercury, it's just a very dark picture," said Grassy Narrows Chief Rudy Turtle.
Mezzosoprano Cecilia Bartoli is returning to Milan's famed La Scala opera house next year for a three-year Baroque music collaboration, the opera house announced Thursday. The program is part of general manager Alexander Pereira's focus on bringing neglected Italian musical traditions back to La Scala's stage, this time leveraging on his long friendship with Bartoli and her love of Baroque music repertoire. "Baroque music has been in a certain sense somewhat forgotten in Italy.
"It's obviously a very stressful time," Red Cross spokesperson Jason Small said. As of 2:30 p.m., 219 people remained in Pauingassi — where helicopters and small float planes have helped get people out because the community doesn't have an airstrip — and 18 people in Little Grand Rapids. Hazy skies continue to pose issues for large planes, Small said. In many cases, smaller aircraft are shuttling groups to Red Lake, Ont., where people are then boarding Armed Forces Hercules planes to be flown to Winnipeg.
The B.C. Wildfire Service is battling three wildfires across the province — two that have exploded in size over the course of an afternoon. The Allie Lake fire, north of Kamloops, has grown to 800 hectares. It was around 60 hectares earlier in the day.
Tiffany Metz runs her hands through rows of marijuana plants she's grown with her partner, Coop Briody, in Skagway, Alaska. "Give them some interaction — like I'm a little bird or a little mouse, out in the wilderness," said Metz, describing how she cares for the 100 plants she cultivates, in a re-purposed sea container on her property. Briody and Metz's grow operation — named Coyote and Toad's Garden, after their childhood nicknames — has been fully operational for a year now.
Check out Jaxon Maverick Eastey shooting a basketball off the second story and making it in the hoop on ground level. Keep in mind, he is a one year old boy!
By Mathieu Rosemain PARIS (Reuters) - Europe should set global standards for tougher regulation of digital technology, finding a way between an excessively lax United States and an over-restrictive China, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday. Addressing the bosses of U.S. giants Microsoft and IBM at a Paris technology conference, Macron said the European Union's new data privacy regulation, known as GDPR, demonstrated Europe's ability (EU) to lead the way.
Fredericton police officers will be responsible for deciding when to turn their body cameras on and off while out on duty, the city's deputy police chief says. In April, city councillors approved a $115,000 agreement with Axon Public Safety Canada Inc., for six body cameras and new digital audio-visual recording equipment to upgrade interview rooms at police headquarters. "The cameras are turned on during investigational contacts," said Martin Gaudet, the deputy chief.
On Wednesday afternoon, Mike Gardiner and hundreds of other VIA Rail passengers were parked on the sidings in Irma, Alta. They were already more than 30 hours late on their journey from Toronto to Vancouver, and the frustration was mounting. "The delay is growing all the time as the train is seemingly sidelined quite frequently for freight," he said in a phone interview as the train slowly passed through the village about 170 kilometres southeast of Edmonton. Gardiner won the VIA Rail trip, but the novelty was wearing thin as he was stuck onboard for far longer than expected on his journey home to Vancouver.
Dawn Harp and Lars Androsoff were fully confident flooding didn't threaten their home near southern British Columbia's Kettle River. Residents who thought their homes were safe must either move to higher ground or take flood-proofing steps, while governments have to accelerate the creation of flood risk maps and zoning rules, they say. "The most recent flooding in New Brunswick and south-central British Columbia are reminders we can no longer 'cheat the system' on flood risk," Blair Feltmate, who leads a federally appointed panel studying climate adaptation, said in an email.
The Nova Scotia Judiciary has announced some details of the fatality inquiry it will hold into the deaths of Lionel Desmond and his family. Desmond, his wife Shanna, their 10-year-old daughter, Aaliya, and Desmond's mother, Brenda, were found dead in their home in Upper Big Tracadie, N.S., on Jan. 3, 2017. It was later determined that Desmond, a military veteran who served in Afghanistan, took the lives of his family members before killing himself.
In a tiny Cairo workshop, Mohamed Fawzi Bakkar designs and builds marionettes from scratch, hoping to revive a traditional art. The 32-year-old spends hours or even days designing puppets inspired by Egyptian life — farmers, street vendors, butchers and the occasional celebrity. Puppet shows were traditionally performed for adults and children alike, often as nightly entertainment during Ramadan, the holy month when Muslims fast from dawn to dusk, which began last week.