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 »
Police have confirmed that a fleeing suspect who was shot dead by RCMP last month was the killer of a woman found in a Calgary backyard a few days earlier. Investigators identified the suspect as Adam Bettahar and say they are no longer looking into the death of 22-year-old Nadia El-Dib. "Based on all the evidence we have, we are totally confident that Mr. Bettahar is responsible for Nadia’s murder,” said Staff Sgt. Colin Chisholm of the Calgary police homicide unit Wednesday.
The sudden loss of oil export from Alberta to the west coast would wreak havoc on the B.C. economy, said Dan McTeague, a senior analyst with the website GasBuddy.com. Already high gas prices would surge beyond $2 per litre and limited supplies would quickly run dry, McTeague said. "Beyond just the price shock, you would also have some trouble servicing all your gas stations," McTeague said.
Family members of Colten Boushie delivered a fiery call for justice at the international table Wednesday, as they called for the United Nations to undertake a study of systemic racism against Indigenous people in Canada's judicial and legal systems. "The Canadian justice system has failed Colten, our community and Indigenous people in ways that impedes our human rights," Jade Tootoosis, cousin to Boushie, told the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, describing this failure as one of the state to uphold treaty rights.
A 15-year-old Ontario girl who scored an invitation to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding says she's now being approached by designers who want to dress her for the big event. Faith Dickinson says the whole experience is "like a dream" and she's looking forward to getting dressed up for the big day. The Peterborough teen earned the coveted invite for her charity work as the founder of Cuddles for Cancer, which last year won her a Diana Award, named after Prince Harry's mother.
"It's become clear this particular investment may be untenable for a private party to undertake," Steve Kean, Kinder Morgan Canada's CEO, said in a conference call with reporters Wednesday. Kean said that the significant differences between the the B.C. government — which is against the pipeline — and the Alberta and federal governments, which support it, are "outside of our ability to resolve." As a result, he said, the company will continue stakeholder discussions and see what happens between now and the May 31 deadline the company set recently.
Organizers behind a Saskatoon tribute concert to honour the Humboldt Broncos say they hope to attract 30 NHL hockey players and alumni for the fundraiser. Terri Sewell, a leader for the company that's booking the athletes, said she plans to have one player representing every team in the league in attendance at the city's SaskTel Centre on April 27. "Some are local NHL players, current and former, and some are flying in from the states and all across Canada," she told The Canadian Press in a phone interview.
An NDP push for Canadian bishops to urge Pope Francis to apologize for the church's role in residential schools failed to win the unanimous support of the House of Commons on Wednesday. NDP MPs Charlie Angus and Romeo Saganash, a residential school survivor, sought unanimous consent from MPs for a motion calling on the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) to take the step.
By Guy Faulconbridge and Paul Sandle LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's media regulator opened seven investigations into Russian news channel RT, saying it had found an increase in programs which may have breached impartiality rules since a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy last month. The poisoning, which Britain blamed on Russia, prompted the biggest Western expulsions of diplomats since the height of the Cold War. Russia has denied any involvement and suggested Britain carried out the attack to stoke anti-Russian hysteria.
The City of Vancouver has approved the sale of liquor in grocery stores after a public hearing Tuesday night. A new retail category of "grocery store with liquor store" was approved by city council, making it possible for grocery stores that meet provincial liquor standards to set up a separate liquor sales area inside the store. Drug stores, which used to fall under the old grocery store bylaws, will not be allowed to sell liquor.
There's an extra bonus to marriage for melanoma patients: They tend to be diagnosed in earlier more treatable stages than patients who are unmarried, widowed or divorced, a new study says. Spouses may be apt to notice suspicious moles on their partners that could signal melanoma, the most dangerous type skin cancer. The findings suggest that unmarried people should ask relatives or friends to do skin checks or seek frequent skin exams with dermatologists.
Technology giants Tencent, JD.com and TCL are among investors in Chinese TV maker New Leshi Zhixin, its controlling shareholder Leshi Internet Information and Technology said on Wednesday. Affiliates of Tencent Holdings, JD.com Inc, TCL Corp and Suning.com Co have agreed to each invest 300 million yuan ($48 million) in the manufacturer of smart TVs among backers investing a combined total of up to 3 billion yuan, Leshi said in a Shenzhen stock exchange filing. The new funds will help with a capital shortage at the company and boost operations, Leshi said.
By Dahlia Nehme BEIRUT (Reuters) - Muayad al-Dirani was at a medical center in the Syrian town of Douma the night of April 7, when patients started flowing in. Many of them were suffocating or having seizures, after a suspected poison gas attack struck the rebel enclave. "The aircraft was still in the sky." Rasha Edlibi, a survivor of the attack, said the gas left her unable to breathe and made her eyes well up with tears.
Rob Boyd wants to smile now that his supervised injection site is finally open, but he's keenly aware that the demand for the new clinic is a sign that Ottawa's opioid crisis is growing worse, not better. Boyd is the director of Oasis, which opened its doors at the Sandy Hill Community Health Centre Monday, becoming the city's first permanent supervised drug injection site. The clinic, at 221 Nelson St., joins two temporary sites already operating within Ottawa — one on Clarence Street, run by Ottawa Public Health in collaboration with Oasis, and another operated by Ottawa Inner City Health from inside a trailer next to the Shepherds of Good Hope on Murray Street, also in the ByWard Market.
East Coast electronic trio Neon Dreams faced a tough decision as one of the opening acts on Hedley's recent cross-country tour. The Halifax-based musicians were on the sidelines as a gathering storm of sexual misconduct allegations brewed involving Hedley's lead singer Jacob Hoggard. "We felt (their) voices... were the most important thing in that situation," said Neon Dreams drummer Adrian Morris in a phone interview.
Sweden's king said Wednesday he wants to change the rules of the Swedish Academy, which awards the Nobel Literature Prize each year, to allow board members to resign even though they are appointed for life. "The number of members who do not actively participate in the Academy's work is now so large that it is seriously risking the Academy's ability to fulfil its important tasks," King Carl XVI Gustav said in a statement issued via the palace. The permanent secretary, Sara Danius, stepped down last week amid turmoil at the academy over the alleged sexual misconduct of a man married to an academy board member, Swedish poet Katarina Frostenson.
RCMP in Strathcona County nabbed two drivers going more than 190 km/h on Anthony Henday Drive, or Highway 216, during a six-hour enforcement campaign on the weekend. The maximum speed limit for the highway is 100 km/h. Chantelle Kelly said Wednesday.
Once the mast reaches its full height of six to 12 metres, Boutilier said the flower will look more like a coniferous tree. "This stem, the mast that grows the flowers, itself is cut, and the liquid that comes out of that — which I've read can be 1,000 litres … [produces] mezcal," said Boutilier.
Things are changing in Osborne Village. The bell tower at the corner of Osborne Street and Stradbrook Avenue that's been a staple in the Village for more than 20 years is going to be transformed into an outlook that will be open to the public. "This will be what we believe is the highest point for a lookout tower on this side of the city, and we are looking at making it 100 per cent accessible for everyone," said Stephanie Meilleur, executive director of the Osborne Village BIZ.
Tulla has a new canine best friend and is getting coconut oil massages, but just a few months ago her life was dramatically different. The potbellied pig was in horrific condition when she was seized by the Windsor-Essex County Humane Society in January, according to executive director, Melanie Coulter. Since then, Coulter said Tulla has been adopted to a new family where she's become fast friends with a dog and has begun to thrive.
Olivia the lamb was well known around the town and neighbouring farms of Sundre, Alta, roughly 115 kilometres northwest of Calgary. The leader of the search team, an experienced pet tracker named Kim Taylor, says she believes Olivia has died. Only six-weeks-old, Olivia was still taking milk and needed a lot of care, as her mother ewe rejected her as a runt at birth.
One of the world's best-known sports franchises has acknowledged the death of a fan in small town Newfoundland, by sending her family a letter of condolence and some memorabilia to display in her honour. Victoria Best — a music instructor, volunteer and mental health advocate from Clarenville, died by suicide in December after a lifelong battle with her illness. Anyone who knew Best was aware that she was a massive fan of the New England Patriots NFL team, and its quarterback Tom Brady.
Nova Scotia says film production in the province has gradually increased over the last two years to $102 million in 2017-18, but critics say the industry still hasn't nearly recovered from the controversial axing of the film tax credit. Bernie Miller, deputy minister of the Department of Business, told a legislature committee on Wednesday that the figure is in line with the 10-year average before the province ended its film tax credit in 2015. "Moving forward, production demand under the development fund looks strong," said Miller.
This extensive natural makeup line, which was recently launched at Shoppers Drug Mart, has us in awe of its performance (and its pretty rose gold accented packaging). With so many gorgeous products to choose from our top pick was tough, but we're particularly partial to the Perfecting Primer (spreads easily and dries quickly), and the light glowing coverage of the Radiant Loose Powder Foundation (designed with a plug in the lid to prevent messy purse spills).
A fine levied against the Big River First Nation for failure to comply with an environmental protection order has been upped to $100,000 from $10,000 after a successful appeal by the Crown. The problems were still not fixed by July 2014 and an environmental protection compliance order was issued against the band and its band administrator.