President Donald Trump is eager to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin with full diplomatic bells and whistles when the two are in Germany for a multinational summit next month. Many administration officials believe the U.S. needs to maintain its distance from Russia at such a sensitive time — and interact only with great caution.
One after another, family and friends of a serial killer's victims described overwhelming guilt, anger and profound sadness when they learned their loved ones had been murdered by an Ontario nurse who was supposed to care for them. Wettlaufer was sentenced Monday in a Woodstock, Ont., court to life in prison with no eligibility for parole for 25 years after she pleaded guilty last month to eight counts of first-degree murder, four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault. The 50-year-old nurse used insulin trying — and in most cases succeeding — to kill vulnerable victims in her care at three Ontario long-term care facilities and a private home.
A Pennsylvania town councilman who broadcasts taps at his home through loudspeakers every night must limit the activity. The Glen Rock Borough Council voted Wednesday to restrict Councilman Joshua Corney's broadcast of the song to Sunday nights and to certain flag holidays like the Fourth of July, Memorial Day and Patriot's Day, The York Dispatch reported (http://bit.ly/2td1f5D ). Corney didn't attend the meeting because he was recovering from knee surgery.
The nation's largest wildfire has forced more than 1,500 people from their homes and cabins in a southern Utah mountain area home to a ski town and popular fishing lake. Firefighters battled high winds as they fought a fire that has grown to 72 square miles (184 square kilometres ) and burned 13 homes — larger than any other fire in the country now, state emergency managers said. The estimated firefighting costs now top $7 million for a fire started June 17 near the Brian Head Resort by someone using a torch tool to burn weeds, they said.
Hydraulic fracking has almost no connection to seismic tremors in North America, except in one region, a study from the University of Alberta suggests. Researchers examined more than 50 years of earthquake-rate statistics from the top oil-producing regions in the United States and Canada, and found little correlation between rising oil production and rates of seismic activity. In Oklahoma, where seismic rates have changed dramatically in the last five years, researchers found a strong link between increased fracking activity and a rise in tremors in the region.
Dutch scientists on Monday celebrated the rare discovery of meteorite in The Netherlands, which at 4.5-billion years old may hold clues to the birth of our solar system. "Meteorites are very special because we do not have rocks of this age on earth," said geologist Leo Kriegsman from the Naturalis biodiversity centre in Leiden in a YouTube video marking the occasion.
TLC, the iconic '90s-era girl group, is back after 15 years away and these women are clearly not wasting anymore time. For those of you who have no idea whom TLC is, we'll wait while you go to the closest older person who can explain how important "No Scrubs," ''Waterfalls" and "Creep" were for a generation raised on the band's mix of female empowerment and socially conscious lyrics.
Captain Megan Couto became the first female infantry officer to command the troops protecting Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, as a Canadian battalion took over guard duties on Monday. Based in the central province of Manitoba, The Second Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry has been invited to Britain to mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of modern Canada. Queen Elizabeth is the head of state of Britain, Canada and 14 other realms including Australia, Jamaica and New Zealand.
Women in under-represented positions and Indigenous workers were both down 0.2 per cent in 2016, with women representing 25.4 per cent of its workforce in under-represented occupations and Indigenous people representing 9.5 per cent. After a 1992 assessment which identified Regina's changing demographic, Regina police entered into a 20-year agreement with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission to meet diversity goals and that agreement was extended indefinitely in 2012.
(Reuters) - The theft of a famed cocktail ingredient, a mummified human toe, has spurred the northern Canadian territory of Yukon to launch a tongue-in-cheek campaign for an "insurance" toe, in case the digit gets stolen again. In Yukon's Dawson City, drinking a cocktail with a pickled toe is a time-honored tradition that more than 100,000 visitors have undertaken, according to the municipality. It came back by mail four days later along with an apology letter, according to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
Canada Day 2017 will be especially memorable for 40 of the country's newest citizens. Dozens of new Canadians hailing from 13 countries around the world will take part in a citizenship ceremony at the Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre on July 1. "This is one of those days that will stay in people's minds for the rest of their lives," said Mary Ellen Bernard from the Windsor-Essex Local Immigration Partnership.
By Georgina Prodhan and Niamh Melvin FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Leading LED maker Seoul Semiconductor announced a new technology which it says minimizes the blue-light spike emitted by regular LEDs that is commonly blamed for sleep disturbances and other health problems. The South Korean company said on Monday that the technology, developed in partnership with Toshiba Materials, would produce light more similar to the Sun's rays, capturing customers put off by the current quality of light-emitting diode (LED) lighting. Seoul Semi's chief executive and founder told Reuters he foresaw sales of the new "Sun-like" LEDs at around $400 million by 2021, contributing to a target of $3 billion in total sales for the company by then, up from $840 million last year.
A Spanish judge on Monday ordered the remains of artist Salvador Dali to be exhumed to settle a paternity suit, despite opposition from the state-run foundation that manages the artist's estate. Pilar Abel, a tarot-card reader from the nearby city of Girona who was born in 1956, says she is the offspring of an affair between Dali and her mother, Antonia. At the time of the alleged affair, Dali was married to his muse, Gala, who died seven years before the painter.
"He told me he doesn't plan any of his businesses without conceiving some part that's intended to be photographed," said Mintz. "It could be with a dish or with the architecture [of the space,]" said Mintz. There's are even trends within the trend of taking photos of food.
Canadian Vasek Pospisil moved into the second round of the Eastbourne International on Monday in England, defeating Czech Jiri Vesely in two straight sets, 6-3, 6-4. Despite Vesely's higher world ranking (46), Pospisil (ranked 75) had seven aces in the match, while the Czech failed to register even one. Next up for Pospisil will be facing Novak Djokovic.
A mother duck and her ducklings are happily back quacking around Fort McMurray, Alta., after Mounties rescued the baby birds from the depths of a concrete storm sewer. A flock of clumsy ducklings had fallen into a sewer near the intersection of Ash Way and Lodgepole Way on the city's north side. All seven ducklings were retrieved and reunited with their mother, a feat described as a "valiant rescue" by Cpl.Erika Laird.
Digging for Rome's new subway has unearthed the charred ruins of an early 3rd-century building and the 1,800-year-old skeleton of a crouching dog that apparently perished in the same blaze that collapsed the structure. Archaeologists on Monday said they made the discovery on May 23 while examining a 10-meter (33-foot) -deep hole bored near the ancient Aurelian Walls as part of construction work for the Metro C line. "A Pompeii-like scene" was how the Culture Ministry described the findings that evoked comparisons to the inhabitants trapped by the 79 A.D. Vesuvius volcanic explosion and preserved for centuries in the ruins of Pompeii.
In the wake of reported sexual assaults involving Halifax's taxi drivers, the municipality is hiring a consultant to review safety, training and licensing in the industry. The city issued a tender Friday detailing the scope of the review. The consultant will examine possible safety measures in taxis and limousines for hire, including audio and video recording, real-time GPS, car shields, passenger trip logs and emergency alarm buttons.
Two Quebecers pedalling across Canada to raise money for abused children made it to Edmonton Sunday — a halfway point and an important stop for the pair. Jacques Létourneau, 56, and Peter Stolee, 55, always had biking across Canada on their bucket list. For Stolee, originally from Edmonton, said he originally wanted to do the ride to celebrate sobriety.
If you were at the University of Calgary campus on Monday afternoon and heard shots fired, screams for help and first responders yelling — there's a good chance it was just a training exercise. The school staged a mock mass casualty incident on the campus between noon and 1:30 p.m. with help about 100 to 150 emergency responders from the Calgary police, fire department and emergency medical crews. The exercise was based on a table-top version of the scenario that was held at the school last November.
(Reuters) - Waymo, the self-driving car unit of Alphabet Inc, signed an agreement with Avis Budget Group Inc under which the U.S. car rental firm will manage its fleet of autonomous vehicles, the companies said on Monday. Avis will offer fleet support and maintenance services for Waymo's fleet of autonomous vehicles, the companies said.
Yellowknife city council will vote on June 26 whether or not to endorse a $113 million, 10-year plan to end homelessness. In the first three years of the program, including what's left of 2017, the plan is to make up to 100 market housing units — apartments — available under the Housing First model or through rent support. According to Tim Gensey, a market analyst with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, this will create challenges, as well as opportunities.
Mazag�n (Spain) (AFP) - Spanish firefighters on Monday beat back a wildfire which threatens a renowned national park that is home to endangered species and has forced the evacuation of over 2,000 people from homes, campsites and hotels. "The weather is evolving as we predicted, winds are clearly more moderate than yesterday," said the official in charge of the environment with the regional government of Andalusia, Jose Fiscal Lopez. Over 600 firefighters, soldiers and volunteers supported by water-dropping airplanes were combating the wildfire on Monday at the Donana Natural Park in southwestern Spain near Huelva.
Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna joined Quebec's Environment Minister David Heurtel and Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre Monday to make the announcement. The funding is part of a 15-year agreement between the federal and Quebec governments to protect the St. Lawrence River through scientific research and action. Ottawa is contributing $35.2 million and Quebec is contributing $22.3 million over the next five years.