Scientists have proven the existence of gravitational waves in the universe, confirming Albert Einstein’s last unproven theory. In one of the biggest scientific breakthroughs in decades, researchers at the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, or LIGO experiment have finally detected1 hour agoLibby Plummer's Yahoo Tech Tumblr
A pregnant South Shore woman is frustrated that she can't get a full refund for her Caribbean vacation, which she now wants to cancel because of the Zika virus. Jennifer Basciano and her mother Joyce Scott were looking forward to their Caribbean cruise since October. As long as we have a healthy baby,'" Scott said.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had his military chief executed for corruption and other charges, a South Korean official said Thursday. If true, the execution of Ri Yong Gil, chief of the North Korean military's general staff, would be the latest in a series of killings, purges and dismissals since Kim took power in late 2011. Details about North Korea's opaque government are notoriously difficult for outsiders to get, even national governments, and South Korean officials have a spotty record of tracking developments in North Korea.
For more than half a century, the unsolved killing of a young schoolteacher and beauty queen who was last seen at church haunted the Texas city of McAllen. Using a walker, a frail-looking John Bernard Feit, now 83, appeared in court Wednesday in Phoenix after being arrested a day earlier at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, on a murder charge. "This whole thing makes no sense to me because the crime in question took place in 1960," Feit said, adding that he plans to fight extradition to Texas.
A Toronto lawyer who's called for substantial reforms to how the legal system handles sexual assault cases says the Jian Ghomeshi trial shows that the adversarial model presently in place is "structurally ill-suited" to deal with such allegations. The current system is "basically trial by war," said David Butt, who has represented many complainants in sexual assault cases. Ghomeshi has pleaded not guilty to four counts of sexual assault, which carry a maximum of 18 months in jail, and a choking charge that has a potential maximum of life in prison.
Two teenagers have been credited for pulling out an RCMP officer from a flipped car in northeastern B.C. Kaiden McGowan and Tanner Merrick were eating supper when they saw a truck rush past McGowan's home in Pouce Coupe on Tuesday night. "We saw a cop car pursuing it and then the power went out," Merrick told CBC.
Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia says staff thoroughly inspected an apartment to ensure it was bedbug-free before moving in a family of six Syrian refugees on Feb. 1. Director of operations Gerry Mills said families are moved into safe and appropriate housing, and ISANS staff keep the health and well-being of refugees in mind.
A newborn goat climbing a rock is the latest video to make its rounds and win hearts over the Internet. After being rejected by her mother and having to be bottle-fed, Violet becomes a wide-eyed wanderer in her “first day in the big world,” the Catskill Animal Sanctuary told The Huffington Post. The baby goat is captured running about with her short tail wagging and testing the strength of her new legs, as she props herself onto a rock.
An Annapolis Valley businessman has been sentenced to four years in jail after admitting to taking $8.5 million from the Royal Bank of Canada in what could be the largest fraud case in Nova Scotia history. Gregory Paul Burden, 66, falsified records to make it look as if his Kentville, N.S., company, Advance Commission Company of Canada Ltd., was more profitable than it seemed, Crown attorney Mark Heerema said Wednesday. "The books were being cooked - and they were being charbroiled," said Heerema, noting he could find no bigger fraud among reported court decisions in the province.
Royal Caribbean's Anthem of the Seas docked at Bayonne's Cape Liberty shortly after 9 p.m., its passengers cheering wildly. "I could kiss the ground" a woman cried as she rushed toward the cruise terminal, where passengers were reunited with family members. The ship was carrying 4,500 passengers and 1,600 crew members when it departed Saturday on a seven-day cruise to the Bahamas.
The federal government recognizes common-law partners as two people living in a conjugal relationship for a year. NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR: The province's Family Law Act doesn't set out rules for division of property and debt for common-law couples as it does for married spouses. In the event of a breakup, common-law partners keep what belongs to them, whether it is something they bought or an item in their name.
Wed, Feb 10: The crash in oil prices and shedding of jobs in Alberta's oil patch is a mixed blessing for the thousands of Atlantic Canadians who moved there for work. Some are finding new jobs back home, but as Ross Lord reports, others are in limbo.
Dave Weidman of Toowoomba Snake Catchers 24/7 stumbled upon a rare yet gruesome sight when attending to a local call, according to The Telegraph. Weidman posted a video to the company’s official Facebook page on Sunday. In it, we find Weidman rummages through a client’s garage when he discovers two small-eyed snakes – one of which is already half-eaten by the other.
A coat. A block of cheese. Snowshoes. A knife. Coveralls. A fishing rod. Styling scissors.
Donald Trump's rallies had a working-class feel in New Hampshire — with more ball caps, checkered flannel and camouflage-themed gear than some of the more establishment crowds. Who were the people behind Trump's first primary victory? Trump was especially dominant among those who said they were falling behind financially.
Key stakeholders in a controversial decision in 2014 to lease land from the Central Experimental Farm (CEF) to The Ottawa Hospital were kept in the dark in advance of the official announcement, according to recently released documents. Among those left out of the loop in the Agriculture and Agri-Food documents were the CEF Advisory Council, mandated to advise on the future of the farm, as well as scientists doing research on the land offered up for lease. Harvey Voldeng, one of the scientists working at the farm, confirmed he and his colleagues were taken by surprise by the announcement.
British Columbia's superintendent of real estate is denying that she has failed to take action on "shadow flipping," saying she only learned of specific allegations from the media last week. Carolyn Rogers said her office has not received any complaints in recent years about the assignment clause, which involves a real estate agent selling the same home multiple times before the sale closes to drive up the final price and collect multiple commissions. Opposition New Democrat housing critic David Eby has accused Rogers and the Real Estate Council of B.C. of turning a blind eye to what he calls fraudulent and unethical behaviour by some Metro Vancouver real estate agents.
A Manitoba towing company spent Sunday working more like a search and rescue team to help fishers on Lake Winnipeg who were stranded in blizzard-like conditions. Robert Stutsky, the owner of the towing company, has a big diesel truck with mattracks — tank-like treads in place of regular wheels.
Sirhan Sirhan was denied parole Wednesday for fatally shooting Robert F. Kennedy after a confidante of the slain senator who was shot in the head forgave him and repeatedly apologized for not doing more to win his release. Paul Schrade's voice cracked with emotion during an hour of testimony on his efforts to untangle mysteries about the events of June 5, 1968. The 91-year-old former labour leader said he believed Sirhan shot him but that a second unidentified shooter felled Kennedy.
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A U.S.-based road salt supplier is setting up shop near the New Brunswick border hoping to cash in on the closing of the PotashCorp mine near Sussex. PotashCorp is a major supplier of road salt in the Maritime provinces. New England Salt Company, based in Winterport, Me., has announced it is setting up an operation at the Eastport Port Authority, hoping to pick up business in eastern Maine and the Maritime provinces.
Allyson Mitton’s took her two border collie dogs through a Sussex, N.B., Tim Hortons drive-thru, CBC News reports. Living outside of town, Mitton hooked up her two dogs, Shift and Braya, to a sled and made their way through the slushy, snow-covered roads to reach the popular doughnut and coffee shop, reports The Huffington Post.
Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie is bristling at the province's suggestion the lack of affordable housing is because municipalities are taking too much money from developers — and in a shadowy manner. "Your government will work with municipalities to reduce the hidden costs in home purchases and to make those hidden costs clear and transparent," Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon read. Brodie says that the goal with city fees is to make growth pay for itself.
Tesla Motors Inc Chief Executive Elon Musk on Wednesday promised investors that the electric luxury car maker will start making money this year, sending the company's shares up sharply despite a wider fourth-quarter loss. Tesla shares rose more than 10 percent in after-hours trading after the company forecast a 60 to 80 percent increase in vehicle sales this year and promised it would turn a profit on an adjusted basis. Tesla shares are still down more than 30 percent since the beginning of the year, reflecting investor concerns about continued losses.
Toronto-based carrier Porter Airlines is reportedly seeking a buyer, but aviation expert Karl Moore says Canada’s foreign ownership rules for carriers mean selling won’t be easy. Porter Aviation Holdings Inc., which owns the 10-year-old regional airline, is searching for a way to cash out, the Globe and Mail reports. Moore said Porter, which flies out of Toronto’s downtown Billy Bishop island airport, is an attractive asset because of its strong reputation, its convenient location and its business model.
A lawyer representing one of 27 men swept up in a downtown Sydney prostitution sting last year dubbed John Be Gone says police violated his client's charter rights. T.J. McKeough argues the Cape Breton Regional Police operation, where two female officers posed as sex workers, lured his client into committing a crime. "Part of our application is that there was actually a public shaming component that went on," McKeough said.
The dancing duo won the equivalent of roughly $30,000, a shopping spree, a trip to Disneyland, a talent contract and a house and lot in the Philippines. For now, they're on tour in the Philippines, but they want to build their careers in Canada.
The Medicare Open Enrollment Period isn't the only time to buy Medigap coverage. You can actually buy at any time of the year.
An investigation by British Columbia's corner into the latest incident of a running shoe with a human foot washing ashore is now focused on a specific period of time. The coroner says in a news release that the runner was first sold in North America three years ago, indicating the person died between March 2013 and December 2015. A preliminary exam shows the foot would have naturally separated from the body after a prolonged period in the water, allowing the running shoe to float to where it was found near Port Renfrew, on the west coast of Vancouver Island, on Feb. 7.
Universities across Canada are getting squeezed by provincial budget cuts, declining enrolments, program changes and the weak loonie. Nipissing University should consider measures like cutting money-losing programs, reducing faculty and selling off real estate assets, advised an independent PwC audit commissioned by the Ontario government that was first reported by the Globe and Mail. University of Windsor president Alan Wildeman addressed concerns like aging professors, fewer younger Canadians and provincial funding and program changes in a campus address earlier this year.
Wed, Feb 10: The Crown closes its case against Jian Ghomeshi. The final presented evidence relates to a close friend of one of the complainants. Christina Stevens reports.
A new study is delivering some potential solutions to Canada Post's woes, including a recommendation that postage rates should be higher in rural areas than urban ones. The paper by the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary paints a grim picture for the Crown corporation under the status quo: the number of letters delivered dropped by nearly a quarter between 2006 and 2013 and is expected to keep falling. Meanwhile, the number of addresses in Canada is rising by nearly a quarter million a year.
"I am so happy, I can't speak," said Nour Ayal, holding back tears. Before Tuesday's reunion at the Vancouver International Airport, Nour had not seen her sister Dalal Ayal and her two sons, in three years.
A six month old Corgi-Sheltie mix named Mittens is ready to be adopted. Mittens was brought to the Winnipeg Humane Society in December with extensive injuries to his back paws. "The problem with that remaining foot on the back leg is that it doesn't have the main foot pad," said Dr. Erika Anseeuw, Director of Animal Health at the humane society.
Manitoba is changing how it counts the number of children in its care to exclude hundreds of cases such as Tina Fontaine's amid concerns it is being unfairly compared to other provinces. The 15-year-old, who was killed in 2014, was placed into the care of Child and Family Services voluntarily by her guardians. The province will no longer include children who are voluntarily placed in care as part of the overall number.
An Indian-American actor and designer who was turned away from an airline flight after refusing to remove his Sikh turban during a security check said he's "thrilled" that Aeromexico is vowing to overhaul its screening protocols. In an interview Tuesday night at a Mexico City hotel where he ended up extending his stay by two nights, Waris Ahluwalia also expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support on social media that he believes helped pressure airline executives to change and apologize. Ahluwalia showed an excerpt from an email that he said came from Aeromexico.
The Canadian Plastic Bags Association is taking legal action to stop the City of Brossard from proceeding with a ban on plastic shopping bags this fall. The ban is being considered by the City of Brossard's executive council and could be adopted next week. In a news release, Marc Robitaille, president of south shore-based plastic bag maker Omniplast and a spokesman for the association, said the City of Brossard acted unilaterally and did not consult the public and other concerned parties.
Video footage of dad Jared Edmunds pushing his son Atticus’ wheelchair in a community skate park has gone viral, reports The Daily Mirror, and the touching video has made the shy eight-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, a minor celebrity. As for their visits to the skate park, not only are they a fun past time, but they also benefit Atticus’ health.
Kurdish fighters helped by Russian airstrikes launched an attack in northern Syria on Wednesday in an attempt to capture a military air base held by Syrian insurgents, while an international aid group warned that the health system in parts of the north is close to collapse. Syria's Kurds have been among the most effective forces battling the Islamic State group, but have remained largely neutral in the conflict between President Bashar Assad and the rebels fighting to overthrow him. Maj. Yasser Abdul-Rahim, a rebel commander in Aleppo province, told The Associated Press that fighters from the Kurdish People's Protection Units, known as the YPG, are clashing with rebels near Mannagh air base.
The community of Fort McPherson, N.W.T., will have its hamlet status reinstated, nearly two years after the territorial government took away its governing power over a ballooning $2 million deficit. In July 2014 the Government of the Northwest Territories placed the Hamlet of Fort McPherson under administrative management, meaning its mayor and council no longer had power to oversee the day-to-day running of the community. To pay down the debt, water rates nearly doubled and user fees were hiked in the community of fewer than 800. The deficit has now been wiped out and residents may see their municipal rates decrease.
A group of transplant patients and their families wants the Manitoba government to change the rules so that people don't have to sign up in order to donate their organs after death. Instead, the group wants to switch to a system called "presumed consent," meaning everyone would be considered an organ donor unless they sign up to specifically opt out. The idea is to save more lives by getting more organ donations, with the group called Manitobans for Presumed Consent noting the province has the lowest rates in Canada.
From robotic milking machines to data-gathering drones, industry watchers say technology is making agriculture more precise and efficient as farmers push for increased profits and yields. "There's a whole confluence of technologies that are adding a lot of value on the farm quickly," said Aki Georgacacos, co-founder of Calgary-based Avrio Capital. The venture capital firm focuses on agriculture and food innovations, and Georgacacos says changes like fine-detailed mapping and sensors for everything from soil moisture to fuel use are just beginning.
A police officer shot during a standoff with a domestic violence suspect is not expected to survive and his family is with him saying goodbye, authorities in Fargo, North Dakota, said Thursday. The man suspected of shooting Officer Jason Moszer was found dead shortly before dawn Thursday in the home where he barricaded himself for about 11 hours, Police Chief David Todd said. Authorities have not released the suspect's name.
The country's dampened economic prospects could put the Liberal government on pace for $90 billion in deficits over its four-year mandate, a new report said Wednesday. Research by the National Bank of Canada predicts the public books will sink deeper into the red due to the combination of a hobbled economy and Liberal promises of billions in fiscal stimulus. The Liberals' first budget is expected late next month.
An old hotel building that once housed dozens of Japanese Canadian men working in an internment camp in southwestern Ontario during the Second World War could soon be demolished. The building had been put on a municipal heritage registry a few years ago, which meant the owner had to get permission from town officials in order to proceed with any proposed demolition plans. In a 17-1 vote this week, councillors opted to remove the property from the municipal heritage registry.
The B.C. SPCA is calling on the provincial government to implement legislation that will require licensing and inspection of animal breeders, after 66 dogs were seized from a Langley, B.C. breeder last week. According to the SPCA, 34 puppies and 32 adult dogs were living in small crates and cages stacked in dark, unheated buildings with dangerous ammonia levels resulting from accumulated urine. The SPCA is recommending criminal charges be laid.
On a recent visit to Montreal, the head of Energy East was all smiles as he spoke about how his company is listening to Quebecers' concerns about the deeply divisive pipeline project. The company behind Energy East, TransCanada (TSX:TRP), says it is confident it can address worries about spills, explosions and the perceived lack of economic benefits for communities along the proposed pipeline route from Alberta to New Brunswick. What TransCanada might have a more difficult time dealing with are two Quebec-specific obstacles that stand in the way of the project getting approval in the province.
Large numbers of babies with borderline normal head sizes were born in Brazil as far back as 2012, two years before the Zika virus is thought to have entered the country, say researchers searching for answers to urgent questions. Pediatric cardiologist Dr. Sandra Mattos had been collecting data on 100,000 newborns in the Brazilian state of Paraiba as part of her work studying and treating congenital heart disease. The microcephaly fears linked to the Zika virus drove her team to check back into hospital records for head circumferences of more than 1,600 babies born in the state in the last four years.
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Two University of Saskatchewan biologists have discovered how motor boat noises make some reef fish easier prey. "It's certainly not good to be near a boat if you're a small fish," said Doug Chivers, a University of Saskatchewan biology professor. Chivers and Associate Professor of Veterinary Biomedical Sciences Maud Ferrari, along with colleagues from Australia and the United Kingdom, focused their study on the ambon damselfish and its natural predator, the dusky dottyback.
Wed, Feb 10: Calgary Flames forward Sean Monahan speaks to media a day after he, Johnny Gaudreau and Lance Bouma were benched for the Flames game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Montreal taxi and limousine drivers targeted the city’s airport Wednesday as part of their protest against Uber, promising to increase pressure tactics if the company doesn’t suspend operations. Drivers descended on Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport in the morning and refused to pick up passengers arriving in the city, leaving travellers stranded on the taxi platform.
A 32-year-old Charlottetown man whose Porsche was filmed wildly careening down a city street has learned the hard way that amateur dash cams can provide a prosecutor's dream evidence. Steven Green pleaded guilty to dangerous driving last month and was sentenced on Tuesday to 10 days in jail after the video depicting his wild and swerving drive went viral. The video — which has close to two million views on YouTube — shows Green accelerating out of a stoplight, fishtailing and initially crashing into a concrete median.
Elizabeth Abbott, author of A History of Marriage, says couples become so seduced by love itself, they forget there's more to a successful relationship and some of it is, well, unromantic. It's living together, it's having a job, it's spending money," says Abbott, a historian and senior research associate at the University of Toronto. In no situation is that more important than in common-law marriages — especially if the love affair ends or if one person dies.
Food banks in France will soon be giving out thousands more free meals a year thanks to a recently passed law forcing some grocery stores to donate unsold food to charity instead of throwing it out. The stores will also be required to give away food approaching its best-before date and stop the intentional spoiling food by soaking it in water or bleach, reports The Telegraph. The food will now have to be given to charities or farms, which would use whatever was not fit for human consumption as animal feed or compost.
Forget multitasking — it's not actually something you should try to get better at, says one author and elite athlete coach.
A day after British Columbia suggested Alberta hasn't done a good job of managing its oil revenue, a B.C. cabinet minister blamed it for adding to his province's homeless population. Housing Minister Rich Coleman said Wednesday he agrees with statements in his government's throne speech that Alberta failed to diversify its economy and lost control of spending. "I don't think it's a shot at anybody," said Coleman, who is also B.C.'s deputy premier and natural gas development minister.
General Motors Chief Executive Mary Barra on Thursday said the company's European division Opel would build an affordable five-seater electric car, the Ampera-e, in 2017. The car shares the same underpinnings as GM's other electric car, the Chevrolet Bolt. "Like its twin, the Chevrolet Bolt EV, the Ampera-e promises to transform the electric vehicle market in Europe as the first EV that combines long range at an affordable price," Barra told an industry conference.
John Catucci from the Food Network's You Gotta Eat Here! drops by the Morning News to talk about his most memorable dining experiences in Montreal.
The recent drop in temperature is causing rodents to suddenly seek shelter. Orkin Canada says calls to get rid of mice and rats have increased 50 per cent. When the weather was nice out, up until about a month ago, and then there was a dramatic drop in the temperature, which forced the rodents to come inside and look for a warmer place to live," said Chris Ortner, manager of the Windsor branch of the pest removal company.
Edmonton Ward 12 candidate Yash Pal Sharma is being sued over his involvement in an alleged scheme to smear the reputation of a local Punjabi-language journalist. Sharma is one of eight people named in Edmonton journalist Jarnail Basota's defamation action. In it, Basota alleges Sharma helped "concoct" a scheme to publicly discredit him, using fabricated news articles.
In an announcement that electrified the world of astronomy, scientists said Thursday that they have finally detected gravitational waves, the ripples in the fabric of space-time that Einstein predicted a century ago. An all-star international team of astrophysicists used a newly upgraded and excruciatingly sensitive $1.1 billion instrument known as the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, or LIGO, to detect a gravitational wave from the distant crash of two black holes, one of the ways these ripples are created.
Two senior executives at India's Flipkart plan to leave, as the country's biggest e-commerce firm fights for market share with rivals including Amazon.com Inc and Snapdeal, backed by Japan's SoftBank Group. Mukesh Bansal, the head of Flipkart's commerce platform, and chief business officer Ankit Nagori confirmed the development to Reuters. Bansal founded Bengaluru-based Myntra, India's leading online fashion retailer, which was acquired by Flipkart in 2014.