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 »
By Maria Kiselyova and Denis Pinchuk MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin won a landslide re-election victory on Sunday, extending his rule over the world's largest country for another six years at a time when his ties with the West are on a hostile trajectory. Putin's victory will take his political dominance of Russia to nearly a quarter of a century, until 2024, by which time he will be 71. Putin has promised to use his new term to beef up Russia's defenses against the West and to raise living standards.
Although around half the seats at Bell MTS Place looked to be empty roughly half an hour before Hedley took the stage — with no opening act — the venue says around 5,000 people ended up taking in the show. One of the women says she was sexually assaulted by Hoggard in 2016, and and the other says the singer tried to force her to do things without her consent in 2013.
Officials were so concerned about the mental stability of the student accused of last month's Florida school massacre that they decided he should be forcibly committed. A commitment under the law would have made it more difficult if not impossible for Nikolas Cruz to obtain a gun legally. Cruz is accused of the shooting rampage that killed 14 students and three school employees at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Feb. 14.
Syrian rebels backed by Turkey have taken control of the centre of the city of Afrin. Afrin lies near Turkey's border with Syria, and Turkish forces have fought for two months to clear it of Kurdish YPG fighters. Turkey regards the YPG as terrorists, insisting they are linked to Kurdish rebels in south-eastern Turkey. However, the US sees them an crucial to the fight against the Islamic State group. The BBC's Turkey correspondent Mark Lowen explains what happened.
Canada's top court is set to grapple with whether long-term expats should be allowed to vote, an issue that loomed large in the last federal election in which Justin Trudeau and his Liberals took office. Civil liberties groups, which argue current rules barring the expats from voting are unconstitutional, and Quebec, which supports the federal government's defence of the restrictions, are among interveners in the closely watched case the Supreme Court of Canada is scheduled to hear on Wednesday. Canadians lose the right to vote after living abroad for more than five years under rules on the books since 1993.
If there was a bingo game for watching the antics at the B.C. Legislature, there's an easy answer for what would be the free centre square: a phrase so overused, so ubiquitous, that it would be unfair to give any one player an advantage in having it. Meaning, how long the B.C. Liberals were in power. In total, NDP MLAs have said "16 years" a grand total of 484 times in the Legislature since forming government, according to Hansard, the official record of proceedings. It averages out to around eight times a day — during question period, debates, and members' statements.
By Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) - Engineers and state and university officials met hours before a new pedestrian bridge collapsed in southern Florida, killing six people, but concluded a crack in the structure was not a safety concern, Florida International University said on Saturday. The meeting on Thursday involved FIGG, which is the private contractor for the overall bridge design, the school, Florida Department of Transportation officials and Munilla Construction Management, which installed the $14.2 million bridge. A FIGG engineer "concluded there were no safety concerns and the crack did not compromise the structural integrity of the bridge," the university said in a statement.
A provincial wage freeze and increased caseloads resulting from a Supreme Court of Canada ruling are making it difficult to recruit new prosecutors to fill Alberta's dwindling ranks, says an organization representing Crown lawyers. In 2016, the Supreme Court's Jordan decision imposed time limits on how long a criminal trial can take before it is deemed unreasonably delayed. The ruling said people charged with an offence have the right to have their case tried within a reasonable amount of time — 18 months for provincial courts and 30 months for superior courts.
The same Russian online troll farm that meddled in the American presidential election has also taken swipes at Canadian targets, including oil infrastructure and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Evidence is embedded in data made publicly available through investigations in the United States, where congressional probes have been examining Russian information campaigns following the 2016 presidential election. One report from a Republican-led committee in the House of Representatives released this month said the St. Petersburg troll factory, members of which now face criminal charges in the U.S., posted online about energy roughly half as often as it did about American presidential politics.
Max FineDay felt an unspeakable rage and an overwhelming sorrow when Gerald Stanley walked free from the courthouse in Battleford, Sask., earlier this year. In February, the white Saskatchewan farmer was acquitted of second-degree murder in the death of the Cree man. FineDay travelled home to the Sweetgrass First Nation in Saskatchewan to speak to his elders after the verdict was announced.
The new transit plan, unveiled on Friday, doesn't include a connection to Lévis, where 27,000 people commute into the capital every morning by car, bus or ferry. Not that many people in Lévis wanted one anyway.
"Reading through all the stories that her friends have told me, she seems like someone I could have been friends with, she liked the same things I did," said the 17-year old senior who writes for the school paper, the Eagle Eye. Christy Ma also writes for the paper. Upon their return to school there were counsellors and therapy animals to help students transition back to the classroom.
A mock armed intruder scenario — complete with gunshots and realistic screaming — is underway in Ottawa this weekend as the federal government updates its security training videos. The new made-in-Canada video will replace the one produced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which shows employees how they should react if an active shooter were on the loose. "We needed the employees to see their own work environment," said Anne-Marie Pelletier, chief security officer with the Privy Council Office.
A Calgary Zoo ecologist has helped develop new guidelines to protect frogs, salamanders and other amphibians impacted by human development on the prairies. "Amphibians are really sensitive because their skin will absorb all kinds of environmental contaminants or toxins," said Leah Randall, a population ecologist with the centre for conservation research at the Calgary Zoo.
The students, who recently returned from a successful weeklong bison hunt, served their bounty with younger students at the school last week. "We are very, very lucky we are able to do this here for our children," said Grade 7 teacher Rebecca Bradford-Andrew, who said the trip is in its 19th year. The camp was held in the first week of March this year, near Aishihik Lake, in the traditional territory of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations.
Desilu Studios plans to go public in the United States as a second stage of a proposed acquisition of Israeli technology start-up Vonetize. The U.S. film studio famous for producing classic shows such as "I Love Lucy", "Star Trek" and "The Untouchables" said on Friday that it had agreed a deal to take a controlling stake in Vonetize, the share price of which jumped 75 percent on Sunday. Vonetize, whose technology enables over-the-top (OTT) live channel streaming and on-demand services, operates in 60 countries and has global partnerships with LG, Disney, Warner Brothers, Fox and Sony Universal among others.
Montreal's annual parade to mark the Irish cultural celebration started today at noon. It starts at the corner of de Maisonneuve Boulevard and City Councillors Street, and will wrap up at Mackay Street and René-Lévesque Boulevard. Montrealers who have gotten used to watching floats advance along Ste-Catherine Street year after year should know that the parade will progress from east to west along de Maisonneuve this year.
A recent survey of commercial real estate shows that while Saint John continues to have the highest vacancy rate in Atlantic Canada, the city's market may slowly be gaining momentum. The data comes from commercial real estate consulting firm Turner Drake & Partners Ltd., which regularly compiles data on office space inventory on Atlantic Canadian cities. According to its latest report, the amount of office inventory in Saint John fell below 20 per cent for the first time in six years in 2017, while Fredericton has the lowest office vacancy rate out of any of major Atlantic Canadian city in the same year.
One place on P.E.I. where you are sure to catch up with a few of your neighbours has always been the grocery store —where in the olden days, cash was king, bartering was common and molasses was a staple most families purchased and couldn't do without. Before social media, television and even radio those trips to the store were an important social outing to catch up on community news and gossip, as well as to shop for staples such as flour, molasses and lamp oil. "We knew everybody those years who lived in this area, and a stranger would be a curiosity," said Lloyd MacLeod of MacLeod Brothers General Store in Vernon River, P.E.I., talking about life in rural P.E.I. 80 to 90 years ago.
Ben Badger first watched the documentary film Dakota 38 a few years ago. The film follows Jim Miller, an Indigenous spiritual leader who had a dream about travelling across South Dakota to Mankato, Minn., where he found 38 of his Dakota ancestors hanged. The documentary follows the riders on the annual journey in 2009.
As the Saskatchewan Huskies play the UNB Varsity Reds for third place in the national men's university hockey finals, Huskies forward Kohl Bauml knows his number one fan is in the crowd cheering him on.
Contrary to earlier reports that a year in space had changed astronaut Scott Kelly's DNA from his twin's, later reporting revealed that such was not the case. What did change was his genetic expression, which is shaped by the environment a human finds itself in. Kelly's genetic makeup was similar to what mountain climbers or scuba divers undergo, according to a NASA spokesperson who wanted to set the record straight.
Janet Denstedt saw an incredible beauty in saltbox houses that she wanted to share with the world — so she bought 10 of them. The Muskoka, Ont., woman grew up with tourism all around her, deep within the country's finest cottage country. Looking at some of the old homes in shrinking rural communities, Denstedt and her husband, Richard Wharton, saw a chance to anchor themselves to the province and preserve that feeling.
Rules for inspecting ammonia refrigeration plants in ice rinks vary across Canada. — Technical Safety B.C. inspects the equipment when it's installed, then does "periodic assessments" throughout the lifespan of the system. The agency says timing of the inspections depends on a "risk-based" criteria that takes into account factors like the equipment's age and whether the building is a public space.