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 »
Prince Charles said Tuesday it is a "great joy" to be a grandfather once again with the birth of a third child for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The duchess gave birth to the 8-pound, 7-ounce (3.8 kilogram) boy Monday morning at St. Mary's Hospital in London. The new prince is a younger brother to 4-year-old Prince George and Princess Charlotte, who turns 3 next week.
Saskatchewan's advocate for children and youth says he doesn't think the provincial government will reach its target of raising the graduation rate of Indigenous high school students to 65 per cent by 2020. In 2012, the provincial government ushered in a plan to grow Saskatchewan, which included a goal of closing the gap in high school graduation rates between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students by half by 2020.
Three mental health experts who evaluated Alexandre Bissonnette on numerous occasions since he stormed a Quebec City mosque last year say the 28-year-old is not beyond help. "It's not delusional to say he could work on these things, given the time he'll have," the psychologist said, during his cross-examination by Crown prosecutor Thomas Jacques, on Tuesday in Quebec City. Bissonnette's defence team is presenting its witnesses on the ninth day of sentencing arguments.
Davis said he was encouraged to speak up, and was shown documentation about an unnamed cabinet minister. Speaking to reporters later, Ball said he was referring to an earlier incident involving Tory MHA Jim Lester, in which he felt that Lester had been too aggressive during a conversation outside the legislature.
Pride PEI is holding what it says is its first-ever event in Summerside this weekend. The group is hosting a social to celebrate the launch of Pride in Summerside on Saturday at the PEI Lobster House at the Shipyard, starting at 7 p.m. The event is advertised as an opportunity to mingle, network, and enjoy some hors d'oeuvres. Nancy Beth Guptill, Pride PEI western event coordinator and the chair of the Summerside chapter, said the group plans to hold events during Pride Week, including possibly a Pride parade, but they want to hear from people first.
A month after speaking at the March for Our Lives in his hometown of Austin, Texas, Matthew McConaughey says he supports some gun control but fears the youth-led movement could be "hijacked" by those hoping to eliminate all guns in the United States. McConaughey spoke about his support for the marchers on Monday in Las Vegas, where he was promoting his upcoming film, "White Boy Rick," at the CinemaCon theatre-owners convention.
Vancouver police are warning drivers of a dramatic spike of theft from vehicles in the first three months of this year. "You may think that an item is not valuable, like a car charger or a jacket, but it might be enough to tempt a thief," said Sgt. Jason Robillard on Tuesday morning. In the first three months of 2018 there were more than 3,500 thefts reported from vehicles, compared with more than 2,500 in 2017 — nearly a 39 per cent increase, said Robillard.
Preventing people from using vehicles as deadly weapons is a difficult task for law enforcement officials, experts say. Cars, trucks and vans have been used to ram people more than a dozen times around the world in recent years, often with deadly results similar to those in northern Toronto on Monday. Not all recent vehicle attacks have been linked to terror groups, says Candyce Kelshall, an adjunct professor with the terrorism, risk and security studies program at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C.
Private and non-profit child care operators in Nova Scotia say it remains to be seen how their sector will ultimately be affected by the ongoing rollout of universal pre-primary for four-year-olds across the province. Nova Scotia has 2,700 registered early childhood educators (ECEs) with about 1,700 employed in regulated child care. "Despite the reported numbers of ECEs available to practice in the province, the regulated early learning and care sector has experienced and continues to experience significant challenges in recruiting and retaining staff, impacting quality across programs," said Pam Streeter, of the Private Licensed Administrators Association, a group of for-profit day cares.
Richmond County council continues to grapple with rules around travel expense claims, after a scandal in 2016 that prompted an RCMP investigation and a damning report from the Nova Scotia ombudsman. A 12-member policy committee that included councillors, administrators and three members from the community was also formed to make any necessary revisions or refinements to the policies. When the committee presented its recommendations to council at its regular monthly meeting Monday, there was disagreement over some of the wording and provisions for out-of-town travel.
Pakistan and India were once the same country - now they’re bitter rivals. Anyone hoping to cross the border faces huge bureaucratic obstacles in getting a visa. But thanks to mobile technology and social media, Pakistanis and Indians are able to talk and even flirt with each other. It’s something that has become increasingly popular amongst the gay communities in both countries, as Secunder Kermani discovered in Lahore.
Hundreds of Amazon workers blew whistles and banged drums on Tuesday to protest against the presentation of a German award to Jeff Bezos, the ecommerce firm's chief executive. Police estimated that about 450 members of trade union Verdi gathered outside the headquarters of the media company Axel Springer , where Bezos was to receive an award at a glitzy ceremony attended by German politicians and celebrities. "We have an Amazon boss who wants to Americanise work relationships and take us back to the 19th century," Verdi leader Frank Bsirske told the crowd of Amazon workers, some carrying placards reading "Make Amazon pay".
By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bitcoin rose to a six-week high on Tuesday on positive headlines that included the possible entry of major financial institutions into the space, lifting sentiment on the overall cryptocurrency market. On Tuesday, bitcoin climbed in six of the last seven sessions. Bitcoin's gains also increased demand for other cryptocurrencies such as ripple and ethereum, pushing the market capitalization of all digital currencies to $427 billion, according to cryptocurrency tracker coinmarketcap.com.
Edward Smith was so fed up with the state of a road in his town that he says he went to the highway depot to complain in person. "One time I went back and applied for a fishing licence. Old Brigus Road in Whitbourne runs parallel to the Trans-Canada Highway, and according to Smith, is well-used by residents in the area.
A University of Alberta decision to give longtime environmentalist David Suzuki an honorary degree this spring has sparked criticism from politicians, academics and Alberta's oil and gas industry. On Tuesday, U of A president David Turpin responded to the controversy with this message posted to the university's website. The following is Turpin's statement in full. David Suzuki is a controversial figure.
French IT services company Atos said on Tuesday it was teaming up with Google Cloud to help offer secure artificial intelligence solutions to its global customers. "We intend to leverage these technologies coming from Google in order to address specific needs of the industry and each customer and business (insurance, public, health sector)," Eric Grall, Executive VP of Atos Global Operations, told Reuters. Atos also said it planned to ramp up research and development centers in France, Britain and the U.S. within three months to develop future transformation projects for its customers.
PC MLA Steven Myers is calling for an investigation by the privacy commissioner into the ransomware attack on the province's website Monday. "I believe this is a very serious thing and I don't trust that any politician is going to give an answer to Islanders whether or not their data was actually breached. Finance Minister Health MacDonald, the minister responsible for Information Technology Shared Services (ITSS), told the house he takes the incident very seriously.
As the snow melts from another Edmonton winter, dog poop from the winter months re-emerges, leaving smelly little messes in the backyards of Edmontonians throughout the city. Ten years ago, Brad Giffen was doing a spring clean-up after his dogs when he had a business idea. Giffen's business, Doody Hunters, cleans up yards in Edmonton that are full of dog waste.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first drug to slow kidney decline in patients with the most common inherited kidney disease. Jynarque (jihn-AR'-kew), from Japan's Otsuka Pharmaceutical, was approved Tuesday for autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease. The progressive genetic disorder is the fourth-leading cause of kidney failure.
About 75 residents in the community of Wayne, near Drumheller, Alta., are still out of their homes because of rising water. The Town of Drumheller declared a state of local emergency at 5 p.m. Monday and ordered residents of Wayne — a former hamlet about 14 kilometres southeast of the town but which is now included in its jurisdiction — to evacuate, along with people living on Highway 10x. Drumheller Mayor Heather Colberg said the primary concern for the town is the structure and safety of the bridges that cross the Rosebud River.
Okalik Eegeesiak, of the Inuit Circumpolar Commission, said both the federal government and the European Space Agency again failed to inform Inuit in Canada and Greenland about the falling debris. On Wednesday, a Russian rocket bearing a European environmental monitoring satellite is scheduled to launch. The second stage of the rocket is expected to fall into the waters of Baffin Bay, outside Canada's territorial waters but within its exclusive economic zone as well as the purview of the Arctic Waters Pollution Prevention Act.
There's growing support for students who made another pitch to town councillors after they voted down a rainbow crosswalk in Springdale, N.L., unleashing fierce debate. Three teenagers from Indian River High School's Gender-Sexuality Alliance spoke at Monday night's council meeting. Christina Pelley, one of the group's teacher sponsors, said the three girls discussed everything from statistics on mental health and LGBTQ youth, to what a rainbow crosswalk represents.
August Budde received the 1974 Volkswagen minibus as a 16th birthday gift from his father while he was living in Alaska in 2006. "We end up driving into Prince George and the engine started stopping on us, seizing," said Budde.
The assassination of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. 50 years ago this June fractured the nation just two months after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and five years after his brother John F. Kennedy was killed. An exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, "The Train: RFK's Last Journey," displays 21 of the 1,000 unique colour slides made by photographer Paul Fusco on June 8, 1968.
A Maine high school student who fled his native Zambia says the experience of participating in a national spoken poetry competition was "heaven" even though he didn't advance. Deering High School junior Allan Monga had to go to court to become one of 53 participants Tuesday in the national Poetry Out Loud competition in Washington, D.C. A federal judge allowed the 19-year-old Monga to participate in the competition hosted by the National Endowment for the Arts.