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 »
The Trudeau Liberals are wading carefully into a national dialogue on combating racism and discrimination to ensure a national plan focuses on solutions, instead of sparking a contentious debate that could thwart federal efforts. The Liberals will soon launch small-scale consultations on a national anti-racism strategy promised in February's budget. Canadian Heritage Minister Melanie Joly, who will oversee the work, said the government wants to "find real solutions to real problems," particularly on fundamental rights and access to justice and jobs.
By stephen farrell JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel for the first time admitted that it bombed a suspected Syrian nuclear reactor in 2007 and said on Wednesday the strike should be a warning to Iran that it would not be allowed to develop nuclear weapons. The military released previously classified cockpit footage, photographs and intelligence documents about its Sept. 6, 2007, air strike on the Al-Kubar facility near Deir al-Zor in eastern Syria. It said the reactor was being constructed with help from North Korea and had been months away from activation.
According to the latest quarterly survey from the Angus Reid Institute, Canada's two most popular provincial leaders are also its newest. Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe and his B.C. counterpart John Horgan are tied at the top of the pack with an approval rating of 52 per cent. Moe, who took over from Brad Wall earlier this year, appears to be holding on to his predecessor's popularity, the polling firm noted.
As Metro Vancouver gas prices approach record highs, protesters continue to be arrested for opposing the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion in Burnaby. Experts generally agree that expanding the pipeline would have some downward effect on regional gas prices. "This is quite a short-run phenomenon that's happening right now, so the question is, how do you address that?" Jaccard said.
"For over a year we have attempted to meet with the premier to resolve a number of critical issues related to the finances and governance of Manitoba Hydro, including matters related to Hydro's efforts to further develop its relationship with Indigenous peoples," he said in a written statement.
An adorable Boston Terrier is possibly one natural sheep herder as footage shows how she manages to repeatedly round-up flocks. Hilarious footage shows the cheerful dog running around in circles on a field, chasing after several dozens of sheep. Who would have known that such a dog could be capable of chasing sheep? Basil Heart from Honololulu, Hawaii gets a shot to prove that she is more than just your average smoosh-face couch lump. After watching her herding dog friends have fun in the ring demonstrating their amazing herding abilities, everyone thought it would be neat to see what the tiny Boston Terrier would do. Always eager to please and being the ball-obsessed dog that she is, we also thought it would be neat to see what she was capable of. To everyone's amazement little Basil Heart, at first unsure of what to think once entering the ring, immediately took chase once the sheep started going. It was amazing to see such a little dog, which is not a usual bred for herding, take the challenge to keep the herd in line! This shepherd dog has proved to have such an innate, but unusual rapport with the sheep that owners should put his talents into practice and seek assistance and employ him as full-time sheepdog. Watching this tiny pooch brave up and chase down a flock of sheep like she was trained to do so her entire life, proves to us that she is a natural born sheep leader. She sure deserves to be praised for her impeccable talent!
A former Somali child refugee has been granted a brief reprieve from a deportation hearing while a judicial review of his case is conducted. The Immigration and Refugee Board in Toronto delayed Abdoul Abdi's hearing until after Federal Court takes up his case this spring. Lawyer Benjamin Perryman called Wednesday's decision significant as it allows Abdi to keep working in Canada while he awaits the review of Ottawa's deportation decision.
Premier Kathleen Wynne said Wednesday her government will spend $2.1 billion over the next four years to rebuild Ontario's mental health system — the latest in a string of funding announcements the opposition parties are calling an attempt by the Liberals to bolster their re-election chances. Wynne, whose is facing an uphill battle in the upcoming spring election, said the spending will make services more accessible, ensuring people can find treatment through a local doctor's office, school or community-based organization. "We have a good system," Wynne said.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada needs to be vigilant about protecting the integrity of its electoral systems from foreign interference. In some of his sharpest criticism yet of the Russian leader, Trudeau says Putin needs to start playing a more positive role in the world on a variety of fronts — from Ukraine, to Syria as well as answering for Russia's role in the nerve gas attack in Britain two weeks ago.
Dolores Huerta formed the first farmworkers union with Cesar Chavez, stood next to Sen. Robert Kennedy minutes before he was assassinated, inspired Barack Obama's 2008 "Yes We Can" presidential campaign slogan with her "Si, Se Puede" rallying cry and has continued her social activism as she approaches her 90th birthday. Now the social activist is the subject of "Dolores," a new PBS documentary from Independent Lens. "Dolores" is scheduled to air on most PBS stations on Tuesday.
Cloud storage firm Dropbox Inc [DBX.O] raised the price range for its initial public offering by $2 on Wednesday as investors bid strongly for the first big tech IPO this year ahead of final pricing expected on Thursday. "The initial file price range was quite conservative relative to the valuations placed on comparable firms, such as Box," said Jay Ritter, an IPO expert and professor at the University of Florida.
Canadian rock bands Billy Talent and Big Wreck, singer-songwriter Shawn Hook and Petty Harbour's favourite son Alan Doyle will all be headlining at the Iceberg Alley festival in St. John's in September.
A Yellowknife woman was skiing on Yellowknife Bay around 6 p.m. Monday when she saw a wolf on the shoreline. "I looked up and the wolf was watching me as I skied past," said Stephanie Bauhaus, who was by Burwash Point. Bauhaus said one of her dogs, Bagheera, ran toward the wolf and the wolf apparently tried to bait the dog and lure her in.
BMW will not change its strategy on autonomous vehicle testing despite the death of a pedestrian struck by a self-driving car during tests by ride-hailing firm Uber [UBER.UL], senior executives said on Wednesday. The German carmaker added it would double the size of its autonomous vehicle testing fleet to around 80 this year. "Our estimation about autonomous driving technology remains unchanged even though this appears to be an extremely regrettable accident," Klaus Froehlich, BMW's board member responsible for research and development, said of the fatality.
After a series of oaths and symbolic presentations Saskatchewan's Premier declared W. Thomas Molloy as the twenty-second lieutenant-governor of Saskatchewan. The event took place in the chamber at the Legislative Building in Regina on Wednesday. The lieutenant-governor is the representative for the Queen in Saskatchewan and gives royal assent to bills passed by legislature. This position is not controlled or supported by any political party.
The City of Charlottetown posted a much larger surplus than expected in 2017, with the biggest chunk of the savings coming from a minimal need to clear snow over the winter. The city had projected an $813 surplus last March, but is now looking at a $2.55 million surplus — $2.3 million from the city's operating budget and $250,000 from water and sewer.
NEW YORK — On its face, PBS has a huge challenge in promoting filmmaker Helen Whitney's upcoming documentary on facing mortality. Most people want to avoid the subject of death, not see a two-hour film about it.
Halifax regional council has rejected a proposal for a 20-storey building at the corner of Quinpool Road and Robie Street, but only so an even taller one can be considered. A public hearing on the 20-storey version of the Willow Tree Tower was held in January where there was significant opposition to the project, which would overlook the Halifax Common. The hearing was then adjourned so city planners could study the idea.
Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi is alleging Conservative MPs lack respect for Canadians who drive or use public buses after Tories again laughed at him in question period. Sohi took to Twitter Monday to harken back to an incident from last year when some Tories in the House of Commons chuckled after Sohi invoked his past career as an Edmonton bus driver.
An Ottawa city councillor is going to extraordinary lengths to gain access to information about expropriations and land deals that has been kept secret from the public and most council members. Complicating matters is the fact that it was councillors themselves who demanded the information be kept under wraps. Rick Chiarelli, who originally voted to keep the details private, is now filing a formal request for the records through the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA).
B.C. tested its emergency alert system across the province Wednesday afternoon. Emergency Management B.C. said the test is part of the national AlertReady system, which allows governments to issue public safety alerts through major broadcasters. The B.C. Emergency Alerting System is used during emergencies or large-scale disasters that put lives at risk, including fires, floods, earthquakes, found explosives, terrorist attacks and civil emergencies.
The Alberta government will provide nearly $9 million in temporary funding to help financially troubled Carillion Canada continue its highway maintenance operations and pay its employees. The funding will help Carillion maintain its Alberta highway operations until April 30, the government said. The money will also help the company cover outstanding amounts owed to vendors for bills incurred during the winter maintenance season, the government said.
Songs performed by Tony Bennett, Gloria Estefan and Run-DMC are among 25 recordings being added to the National Recording Registry. The Library of Congress announced on Wednesday the list of titles being honoured for their cultural and historic importance to the American soundscape. Other notable entries include Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" album, Kenny Loggins' "Footloose," ''Le Freak" by Chic, Kenny Rogers' "The Gambler" and Smokey Robinson's "My Girl," which was sung by the Temptations.
After just one season of college basketball in the United States, Nova Scotia star Lindell Wigginton is contemplating entering this year's NBA draft. "For next season, I'm still deciding if I'm going to test the waters for the NBA draft or not," Wigginton said by phone from the campus of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. Wigginton, who grew up in Dartmouth, N.S., and will turn 20 next week, recently completed his rookie season at Iowa State and led his team in scoring.