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 »
A suicide bomber killed at least two and wounded seven in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group in the diplomatic area of Afghanistan's capital on Saturday, and at least 18 soldiers died in an attack on a checkpoint by Taliban insurgents in the country's west, authorities said. Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish said the Kabul attack took place in the Shash Darak area near NATO headquarters and not far from the U.S. Embassy. U.S. Gen. John Nicholson, commander of Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, said at a news conference he expected IS and the Taliban to continue such attacks.
Want to tread lightly on Mother Earth? You can start by fixing the hole in your sock, according to the folks at the Ottawa Tool Library. Since last spring, the tool lending library has been hosting free events where skilled volunteers help visitors learn to fix everything from small appliances to musical instruments and vintage video games.
"We want to create this family-like atmosphere," said Yusuf Celik, the founder of Gay Muslims United. Twelve people showed up for the first dinner party last month, and Celik is expecting up to 25 people to take part in the second dinner party tonight.
When it comes to Newfoundlanders participating in the Olympics, names like Team Gushue and Kaetlyn Osmond might immediately come to mind. Hayward, originally from Portugal Cove, has been working with the Canadian Press as a wire photographer for 12 years. This year, Hayward is covering mountain events in Pyeongchang, such as ski cross, slope style and moguls, with a focus on Canadian athletes.
A senior Chinese politician has been removed from his administrative positions and is under investigation for suspected "serious disciplinary violations", state media Xinhua said on Saturday. Yang Jing will be kept under observation for one year, Xinhua said, citing the Communist Party's graft buster, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI). It said the steps had been approved by the Central Committee, the ruling Communist Party's governing body, and the CCDI.
There will be no subway service between St. Clair and Sheppard-Yonge stations all day on Feb. 24. There won't be a traditional north-south shuttle bus service on Yonge Street during the closure. The TTC advises that commuters can take the University side of Line 1, and additional express service on all major east-west routes will be in place to connect customers to the University side.
A group of students at Dalhousie University in Halifax is helping a North Korean defector strike at the heart of Kim Jong-un's regime — not with weapons, but with the truth. Students in the international development studies program are taking part in former political prisoner Jung Gwang-il's worldwide push to send USB flash drives into North Korea. The campaign is called Flash Drives for Freedom, and the drives can contain Western media, South Korean TV shows or any other message that normally wouldn't reach a people who live without internet or any other contact to the outside world.
Anne Norris has been found not criminally responsible for killing Marcel Reardon on May 9, 2016. By late Saturday morning, jurors had agreed on a verdict of not criminally responsible. It was an emotional verdict for both the Reardon and Norris families, and tears could be seen throughout the courtroom.
Starting this week, new home builders can be eligible for up to $5,000 in rebates in the province's New Home Construction Program. Energy Minister Paula Biggar hopes the program will steer people toward building more environmentally-friendly homes. "This is to, first and foremost, make people think of the efficiency of their home, how they can reduce their energy and that, in turn, does reduce our carbon footprint as a whole on Prince Edward Island," she said.
Fluctuating temperatures, including some unseasonably mild weather, has some maple syrup producers starting their season early for the third year in a row in New Brunswick. Heather Fraser runs the Moncton Maple Sugar Camp, and while it's only late February, she said the sap is running and she's already started tapping trees. From one minute it's minus 10 and then the next it's plus 10," she told Shift New Brunswick.
The early 1970s BBC television programme "If You Were Me" took children on cultural exchanges around the world. Now a Scottish man and a Dutch man who met as teens have been reunited for the first time in almost 50 years.
Jay Leffler loved gospel music, and boy could he sing. "He sang tenor and he could harmonize with anyone," said Leffler's daughter, Deborah Dobbins. Born in 1926 in the black settler community of Wildwoods, Leffler went on to work as Alberta's first black electrician.
The upcoming federal budget will include a five-week, use-it-or-lose-it incentive for the second parent to take parental leave and share the responsibilities of raising their young child, The Canadian Press has learned.
A Dauphin, Man., woman who survived residential school and addiction to become a support for youth in her community is being honoured with an award for making change in mental health. Two decades ago, Bev Harvey says she wasn't in a good place. Like her parents and grandparents, she had survived the residential school system.
Karen Collins, owner of the first business in Alberta to ban B.C. wine, is toasting to victory after B.C. announced it will shelve its restrictions on increased bitumen shipments through the province. B.C. announced Thursday it will back down from its plan to implement the ban on increased oilsands pipeline shipments. Collins, who owns the Asti Trattoria Italiana restaurant in Fort McMurray, Alta., cancelled her protest when she heard the news.
When the going for a Canadian prime minister gets tough, he turns to hockey. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau capped off a difficult state visit to India Saturday with a ball hockey game at the Canadian High Commission with India's national women's ice hockey team. The players, aged 18-25, came to New Delhi from Ladakhi in northern India, as part of an outreach program involving former Canadian team captain Hayley Wickenheiser.
By the time Rene Gauthier was violently knocked off his motorcycle in 2013, the surfboard and clothing company he'd built from the ground up was already deep in the red. As B.C. Supreme Court Justice Warren Milman wrote in his judgment, the aftermath of that collision is about more than just Gauthier's physical wounds. Gauthier, a personal friend of Lululemon founder Chip Wilson, "had achieved more by the age of 32 than many people achieve in an entire lifetime," the judge wrote.
The Atlantic Wildlife Institute is holding a "wildlife baby shower" to gather supplies before the spring rush of orphaned young animals. The organization, located in Cookville, just outside Sackville, provides emergency care for injured, orphaned and ill wildlife. Pam Novak, the director, said the baby boom could start anytime.
The City of Fredericton has launched a survey of its older population to find out what would make the city a better place to live as they age. The questionnaire is a project of the city's Age-Friendly Community Advisory Committee.
Two years after Saint John Energy started offering rentals for mini-split heat pumps, the popular program has exceeded 3,000 unit rentals. Launched in 2016, the utility covered the cost of installing the units and the heat pump for customers who commit to a minimum three-year rental. Initially, it catered only to Saint John customers, but it soon began to expand its reach to other cities in the province.
The notice names the CTV Television Network, its parent Bell Media Inc., as well as several journalists, some named and some unknown, who worked on the stories. Brown has denied the accusations made in the CTV report from the outset and was allowed to enter the party's leadership contest earlier this week.
For the past five years, Leftovers Calgary has co-ordinated 72 delivery routes a week, using 200 volunteer drivers and one small transport truck bought with help from a corporate sponsor.
For Marc Poirier, one of the founders of the Newfoundland Cider Company, the apple trees around Milton, N.L., were an untapped treasure — until now. "In the Milton area, it's amazing," Poirier told CBC's On the Go on Friday. The Newfoundland Cider Company is celebrating the release of its first products.
You can reveal your most intimate secrets in the confessional this weekend — at a Charlottetown coffee shop. "We are going to pre-record random confessions from strangers — or anybody — and we're going to play them anonymously and then talk about them," said podcast co-creator Tamara Steele.