Protections that have been in place for more than 40 years for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone National Park area will be lifted this summer after U.S. government officials ruled Thursday that the population is no longer threatened. Grizzlies in all continental U.S. states except Alaska have been protected under the Endangered Species Act since 1975, when just 136 bears roamed in and around Yellowstone. There are now an estimated 700 grizzlies in the area that includes northwestern Wyoming, southwestern Montana and eastern Idaho, leading the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to conclude that the population has recovered.
Alberta Health Services is apologizing and has placed an employee on administrative leave after officials at a southern Alberta First Nation complained about a racial slur being used in a text message. The incident occurred last week during an AHS seminar for educators working on the Kainai First Nation, also known as the Blood Tribe. Annette Bruisedhead, deputy superintendent of the Kainai Board of Education, said one of the seminar participants received a text from an AHS official complaining that she'd been yelled at by someone during the meeting.
An indigenous woman in Regina says she believes "people are going to die" because of the Saskatchewan government's decision to shut down the provincial bus service. Connie Deiter said that's why she has filed a complaint with the human rights commission alleging that the decision discriminates against her and other indigenous women. Deiter said First Nations women took the bus because they couldn't afford couldn't afford cars.
Propeller is devoted to contemporary integrated dance, in which dancers with different body types and varying levels of ability use established dance practices to create and perform their work. The company performs its latest creation this weekend at Ottawa's Great Canadian Theatre Company. Living the Desirable Life marks the first time in the company's history that its performance has deeply explored issues related to living with barriers.
About 3,200 fewer Albertans received Employment Insurance benefits in April than in March, marking the sixth consecutive monthly decline in the province. This was the sixth consecutive monthly decline for the province.
By Alasdair Pal LONDON (Reuters) - A network of dummy online stores offering household goods has been used as a front for internet gambling payments, a Reuters examination has found. In fact, they are fake outlets, part of a multinational system to disguise payments for the $40 billion global online gambling industry, which is illegal in many countries and some U.S. states. Credit card companies including Visa and Mastercard require all online purchases to be coded so they can see what type of purchase is being processed and block it if it is illegal in a particular country.
It was a day of waiting for many people in Whitehorse on Thursday — the Alaska Highway, the main artery through the territory, was closed for several hours after a tanker truck rolled over.
Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson has been acclaimed as the new Speaker of the B.C. Legislature. The former Liberal forestry minister will preside over the house as Premier Christy Clark's minority government attempts to maintain its hold on power. Thomson was the only candidate for the position and was acclaimed by the legislature Thursday morning.
Thu, Jun 22: As Catherine McDonald reports, Dr. Aisha Ahmad said it was more disappointing that no one else in the audience came to her defence.
Canada's Own the Podium (OTP) has been successful at developing winners but has left many athletes behind, according to a new review commissioned by Sport Canada. The review, prepared by Ottawa consultants Goss Gilroy, also says more needs to be done developing Canada's future Olympians. "We need to take a longer-term approach to high-performance sport in Canada," Minister of Sport Carla Qualtrough told CBC.
A new report suggests 475 hospitalizations in the Northwest Territories last year were caused entirely by alcohol — more than anywhere else in Canada, by population. The study, entitled Alcohol Harm in Canada, was released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information on Thursday. Across Canada, the average for the same period was 239.
The Dairy Farmers of Canada are celebrating the country's 150th birthday with a selection of three cheeses. "We wanted to show Canadians we had some great cheesemakers right across the country, and we wanted to showcase some in the east, some in central Canada, and some in the west," said Ashlee Smith, assistant director communications for Dairy Farmers of Canada.
Women in Ag Day fell on Wednesday, with women getting a 40 per cent discount on walk up gate admission. Rene Carpentier, volunteer show chair, said about 42 per cent of attendees of the show are female.
The MV Veteran is out of service again. The troubled ferry is drydocked in St. John's, where it is being repaired for ice damage to its hull. According to the Department of Transportation and Works, repairs will take approximately two to three weeks.
Hollywood heavyweight Ron Howard has stepped in to helm the forthcoming Han Solo film, days after Lucasfilm cut loose original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller over "creative differences" on the anticipated Star Wars spinoff. Howard, an Oscar-winner for A Beautiful Mind and known for credits as wide-ranging as Cocoon, Apollo 13, The Da Vinci Code, Frost/Nixon and Rush, will start immediately, according to reports in industry publications Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. The former Andy Griffith Show and Happy Days actor-turned-filmmaker has a bit of history with Lucasfilm.
Newfoundland singer-songwriter Amelia Curran has cancelled a tour of the United Kingdom after being denied entry at airport customs. When she met the customs officer she was told there were technical complications with her sponsorship visa and she wasn't cleared to legally work in the U.K. After spending seven hours in a small room – which she jokingly calls 'Heathrow prison' – being questioned and watching customs agents go through her belongings, Curran was told she would not be going ahead with her tour and would have to return home.
Fire crews continue to attack a wildfire burning 21 kilometres south of Dawson City, Yukon. The fire was caused by lightning on Wednesday afternoon, and is about three kilometres east of Bonanza Creek. Two airtankers and two helicopters are working the wildfire, according to a news release from Yukon Wildland Fire Management.
The city of Red Deer is making significant progress in restoring power to homes and businesses after a windstorm left 30 per cent of the city without power Tuesday night, city officials said Thursday. "We had a lot of help," the city's emergency operations director, Craig Curtis, told CBC News. "It's a very resilient community, actually, that work together pretty well," Curtis said of Red Deer residents.
Charlottetown's iWave Information Systems Inc. is expanding and adding 10 to 15 new jobs after being acquired by California-based private equity investment firm Sverica Capital Management as well as two investors — Ross Beattie and Gerry Lawless. Lawless, iWave's President and CEO, said the jobs will be added over the next two years in areas such as software development, sales, marketing and finance.
Notley's approval rating now sits at 28 per cent, down three per cent from the 31-per-cent approval rating Albertans gave the NDP premier in March, according to the company's latest online survey. Notley's disapproval rating in the June survey was 62 per cent, concluded the non-partisan research group.
Boys at a British high school have found a novel way around strict uniform rules banning shorts, as the country swelters through a heatwave. The schoolboys at Isca Academy in the southwestern city of Exeter donned skirts instead of the officially mandated grey slacks. Photos in British media show the boys wearing short-sleeved white shirts, school ties and the grey and white plaid skirts that the girls wear.
A real estate agent hoped Vancouver's foreign buyers tax would help her sell some languishing Calgary homes. Emma May told the Calgary Eyeopener that despite her best efforts to attract Chinese buyers over the past year, she hasn't seen much interest in Calgary properties. Vancouver placed a 15 per cent tax on foreign buyers last July, while Ontario is contemplating a similar measure.
Well, it soon might be illegal if a Vancouver councillor has her way. Heather Deal says when pets are sold in retail stores it can be difficult to assess the breeding conditions, especially if they come from Asia or the United States. "It has been shown that the commercial breeding facilities that supply animals to pet stores can raise them in horrible conditions resulting in neglect, abuse and suffering," says her motion.
Donations are beginning to add up for the families of two men killed in a workplace accident in Newfoundland this week. Both men died after the steel transmission line tower they were working on collapsed Monday. The incident took place just west of Come By Chance. A GoFundMe page shows that more than $26,000 had been raised in memory of Jared Moffat of Prince Albert, Sask., in less than two days.