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 snowmobile rider who was missing after two people went through the ice on Sturgeon Lake has been found dead, Ontario Provincial Police say. Late Saturday night, police said two snowmobiles had gone under the ice. In a tweet, OPP from its Central Region said Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Services and Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue Service were on the scene, helping in the rescue effort.
Give 'em a hand: Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are heading back to the Super Bowl. Brady shook off a hand injury and threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Danny Amendola with 2:48 remaining , rallying the Patriots to a 24-20 comeback victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC championship Sunday. Brady, wearing a black bandage on his right hand after needing stitches to close a cut that happened on a play during practice earlier in the week, showed no signs of being hampered.
"It's a bit of a skate shack," said Fredericks, referring to the skateboard wheels and parts integrated into the design. Fredericks says he was priced out of the Vancouver rental market four years ago and has been on the streets ever since.
A local fisherman in Baie des Ha! Ha! says he could barely believe his eyes when he reeled in a giant 24 kilogram codfish Friday night. "I was very surprised at the size of the fish," said Olivier Trudeau. "A fish of this size, we see that very rarely. Trudeau has been living in the Baie des Ha! Ha! area, just outside of Saguenay, for several years but said he's never seen anything like that before.
Ten-year-old Jacquie Chmilar said it's hard to grasp the fact that a message in a bottle she tossed into the Atlantic ocean floated all the way from Newfoundland to England. Chmilar, who lives in Fort McMurray, was vacationing in Musgrave Harbour, N.L. when her grandfather suggested she toss a plastic bottle with a message inside into the Atlantic Ocean. About four months later in January, the Chmilars got an email from a family in England.
A Canadian veteran of the Bosnian war who reconnected with a local boy he met during the conflict says meeting him again and finding out he's doing well two decades later has been one of the best experiences of his life. Justin Frye, who was posted in the war-torn area with the United Nations in 1994, said meeting the now 34-year-old man, Amir Bajramovic, provides a sense of closure after that tumultuous time in his life. Frye befriended Bajramovic over a six-month period, when a number of Bosnian children would run up to a fence near his helicopter landing zone to interact with him and other soldiers.
RCMP recovered a stolen, sawed-off shotgun and arrested three people early Sunday after a lengthy chase of a stolen truck and trailer wound from Airdrie to Calgary and back again. The chase began in Airdrie about 1 a.m., when officers on patrol stopped a Ford F-150 towing a trailer with no lights on East Lake Crescent, according to a press release from RCMP. The driver told police he was trying to fix the lights and then suddenly took off, nearly hitting another RCMP cruiser arriving to assist.
A Yazidi boy who was held captive for three years by Iraqi militants before being reunited with his family in Winnipeg last year is requesting a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. In a video posted to Facebook by the Yazidi Association of Manitoba, 13-year-old Emad Mishko Tamo holds up a sign thanking Canada for helping him, followed by another sign stating that he wants to share his story and be a voice for other Yazidi children still in captivity. "There's a thousand other kids like me who are still held captive," one of Emad's signs states.
Toronto Police Service (TPS) said they were called to West Deane Park Drive and Rabbit Lane at 12:39 a.m. in Etobicoke. Two of the men, Nasurdin Nasir, 26, and Terrell Carr, 24, were pronounced dead at the scene.
An Edmonton mother is worried her three-year-old daughter, who is recovering from open-heart surgery, sustained lifelong damage to her hand after a misplaced IV line caused the tissue to blister and decay. Jalena Gunther's daughter, Emmy, underwent surgery to repair a hole in her heart at the Stollery Children's Hospital on Tuesday. An hour later, Emmy started fussing and crying.
Sheila Saunders lived in the house her parents built back in the 1950s when families from coastal Labrador first moved into what was then simply known as Happy Valley. When his mother approached him about building a new house for Sheila, Jim didn't hesitate.
The Caldwell First Nation has elected a new chief and council, a decision some members described as a turning point for the band. The findings of a forensic audit may have been the motivation behind the election, but that vote is now bringing Caldwell together, according to newly-elected chief, Mary Duckworth. Duckworth beat her lone competitor for the role, Lonnie Dodge,132 votes to 40.
Starting Monday, BC Ferries will no longer permit passengers to step out on the deck for a cigarette. Smoking is banned on all BC Ferries vessels and in all terminals. The ban includes e-cigarettes and marijuana. "It may be challenging for some customers and employees...but 85 per cent of British Columbians don't smoke and those customers are asking us to go smoke-free," said BC Ferries spokesperson, Deborah Marshall.
A brand new Navy warship that has been stuck in Montreal for weeks will spend the winter in Canada after its journey to Florida was thwarted by cold and ice. Now the Navy has decided to wait until weather conditions improve before allowing the ship to continue to its home port in Mayport, Fla., according to a spokeswoman. "The temperatures in Montreal and throughout the transit area have been colder than normal, and included near-record low temperatures, which created significant and historical conditions in the late December, early January time frame," Lt.-Cmdr. Courtney Hillson said in a phone interview.
Now, after that plan received a cool reception, the governing Liberals appear to be going back to their original idea. Multiple sources with knowledge of the discussions, speaking on condition of anonymity about matters not yet public, say ideas under consideration include creating an entirely new leave benefit similar to one that exists in Quebec, and setting aside a portion of the recently expanded parental leave for new fathers or non-birthing parents. The Liberals first floated the idea of dedicated paternity leave two years ago.
A B.C. logger who claims the provincial government contravened the Human Rights Code after revoking a job offer will have his case heard at the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal. Bryan Fraser was offered a senior policy officer job at the Ministry of Forests in February 2015, only to have the offer pulled a month later. Section 13 of the code says a person's political beliefs cannot be held against them when seeking employment.
A man wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for human trafficking in the Toronto area has been arrested in Nova Scotia and charged with 16 offences, police say. The man, 26, of no fixed address, was taken into custody in Dartmouth, N.S., by Halifax police on Jan. 15. The offences allegedly occurred in Peel Region, west of Toronto, including in Mississauga.
In the midst of a US government shutdown, as Senators try desperately to reach a political compromise, callers to the White House public comment line got an unusual answering message...
Shane Richards didn't think twice when he came across a lost dog stuck in a half-frozen pond in Pouch Cove on Saturday. Richards and his fiancée, Melissa French, were on an ATV, checking out ice conditions on a few different ponds when they saw a black and beige pooch submerged in the middle of Old Pond.
More than 100 West Island residents gathered to protest tax hikes imposed on demerged cities in front of Pointe-Claire City Hall on Sunday. Protesters criticized Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante, saying that the current system isn't fair. Brenda Shaw, who was also at the protest, said that while there are some parts of the West Island with "deep pockets," not everyone can afford to pay more for their services.
The window of time between mid-January to the end of February when growth starts on local trees offers the opportunity to get rid of the weak, dead and diseased branches. "Also in terms of fruit production, more sunlight comes in so the tree actually is sturdier, better growth, cleaner without a lot of algae, lichen and so on," he toldB.C. Almanac guest host Lien Yeung. For the flowering trees and bushes — magnolias, flowering cherries, Japanese azaleas and rhododendrons — he recommends waiting to prune to enjoy the bright blossoms.
In Nanaimo, B.C. — a city built on coal — a long-abandoned mine will soon become the heat source for a new university building. Salt water from the flooded shafts of the Wakesiah mine, which run 135 to 180 metres beneath the Vancouver Island University campus, will be pumped to the surface to extract warmth in a geo-exchange project that has attracted international interest. Cumbers said the Wakesiah mine operated from 1918 to 1930.
Despite calls from local community activists for supervised, or "safe" injection sites to help prevent overdose deaths and keep needles off the streets, a local addictions expert says he believes they may not work in Manitoba. Ben Fry, CEO of the Addictions Foundation of Manitoba, said while sites in Vancouver have been effective, that is because they targeted a concentrated population in a small area — specifically, the Downtown Eastside. Manitoba, like all Canadian provinces, is dealing with the availability of cheap crystal meth and opioids like fentanyl.