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 »
Grief counsellors were at a north Toronto school Tuesday to help students and staff cope with the news that a five-year-old girl had died after being pinned between two SUVs. The Toronto Catholic District School Board said the girl was walking with her father to their car after school on Monday when the incident took place just before 3:30 p.m. Clint Stibbe said Tuesday that an SUV with no one inside rolled forward and pinned the girl against her father's Mercedes-Benz SUV.
Spencer, 33, came to Canada in 1993 when she was eight years old, adopted by a Nova Scotian family from the Caribbean island of St. Vincent. Spencer's sister, Kelley Pozzolo, has been by her side through it all and said she's still adjusting to the fact Spencer won't be deported.
A man who was wanted for beating his wife ambushed and shot three SWAT officers searching for him in woods in South Carolina, leaving one deputy "hanging on to life,' a sheriff said Tuesday. Christian Thomas McCall earlier had shot and wounded a fourth officer who was chasing him with a police dog, York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson said. Officers were called to McCall's home outside of York around 10:20 p.m. Monday after he attacked his wife, authorities said.
Calgary-based explorers on an expedition in British Columbia just north of Fernie have discovered Canada's deepest cave, its longest shaft stretching roughly the length of a 35-storey building. Kathleen Graham and Jeremy Bruns were part of the nine-person team of volunteer explorers who made the discovery early in the new year. Graham said the last time a team set out, members learned the cave was so deep that they didn't have enough equipment to get all the way to the bottom.
In what's almost certainly a first in the lengthy history of bilateral relations between the countries, Canada's summer-jobs program has become the object of criticism from America's right wing. The reason is abortion. A former Trump White House adviser, several news organizations and the president's favourite Fox News morning show have all dumped on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's explanation for why pro-life groups should be excluded from $220 million in federal jobs grants.
Travel website KAYAK released their annual list of the destinations that Canadians searching for the most this year. Here's where Canadians are dreaming of going in 2018.
In his basement apartment, a Mississauga man stares into his father's weary eyes for what could be the last time. A tiny screen is the closest he can get to his 71-year-old father, bedridden in an Ohio hospital with Stage 4 brain cancer. Travelling to see his father isn't an option for the 33-year-old.
The children, who police say "appeared to be malnourished and very dirty" range in age between two and 29 years old. "Deputies located what they believed to be 12 children inside the house, but were shocked to discover that seven of them were actually adults," the release said.
A Saskatoon man is rallying support to reverse a change to the definition of what makes a car "antique" in Saskatchewan. On Jan. 1, Saskatchewan Government Insurance introduced a new rule that states a car is not an antique unless it was made in 1987 or earlier. Saskatoon resident Steve Bondy has started an online petition to reverse the 1987 cut-off.
The moon may be the cause of some things that happen on Earth, but earthquakes aren't one of them, a new study suggests. There's been an ongoing debate as to whether or not more earthquakes occur when the moon's tidal forces — its pull — is strongest. The theory is the alignment of the sun, Earth and moon — during a full or new moon — pulls Earth's tides out and redistributes the mass on the planet.
A Canadian naval frigate left Halifax Tuesday to continue Canada's commitment to Operation Reassurance, a NATO standing force meant to deter Russian activity in central and eastern Europe. It's the eighth rotation for the navy, which began its commitment in 2014 — and the second deployment within a year for HMCS St. John's and its 240-member crew. The ship will replace HMCS Charlottetown serving with Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 in the Mediterranean Sea.
The City of Ottawa is taking Richcraft Homes to court, alleging the builder has neglected to make necessary repairs to a historic barn in the city's west end. Two years ago Richcraft got permission from city council to deconstruct the 145-year-old Bradley-Craig barn in Stittsville and reassemble it at Saunders Farm, an agricultural tourism site in Munster. Now those same advocates fear the towering red barn is being left to fall into ruin.
Events that led to the death of a 30-year-old oilsands worker at a Suncor operation north of Fort McMurray could have been prevented if personnel of the contracted mining company had followed its own safety rules, Suncor says. "While this is difficult to write, I believe it is absolutely essential that we share this information openly to prevent such a tragedy from ever happening again," Bruno Francoeur, Suncor regional operations executive, said in a memo to employees which has been obtained by CBC News. Francoeur said Aecon Mining workers were excavating a dyke at Suncor's Millennium mine on Oct. 20, 2017.
Police say a 36-year-old woman is in custody Monday after allegedly stabbing a 71-year-old man at the Seven Oaks Shopping Centre in Abbotsford. Abbotsford Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Judy Bird says after officers arrived, they witnessed the woman stab the man in the back with a knife. Bird says the woman is not an Abbotsford resident and is still in custody with charges pending.
A woman who alleges she was sexually harassed and another who alleges she was groped by University of B.C. psychology professor Dr. Stephen Porter say they were "devastated" to find out he was back on campus this semester. An investigation commissioned by UBC in 2017 found that, in the alleged harassment case, the relationship between Porter and the student was consensual — although it did violate the university's conflict of interest rules. In the alleged groping case, the same investigator found Porter did touch the complainant, but he was too drunk to form sexual intent.
It wasn't Maria Sharapova's choice to miss the last Australian Open. The five-time major champion said it was her choice to return, though, and she relished every moment of it in Tuesday's 6-1, 6-4 victory over Tatjana Maria. "With that choice I know that I face difficulties and challenges on the court, and that I start from no ranking and that I might start on some outside courts, and I understand that and that's part of the process," said Sharapova, who was a contentious choice to represent the women's champions last week at the official draw.
Last week, leader of the B.C. Greens Andrew Weaver called on the province to follow in New Zealand's footsteps and limit property ownership to residents. Nathan Lauster, an associate professor of sociology at UBC and a blogger on city issues, says banning foreign investment misses the larger issue of local real estate speculation. "We've been led to believe that effectively foreign buyers are all speculators, investors and vacation-home owners while everyone who is in Canada is living in property they own," he said.
The Grande Prairie Public School District wants to get ahead of a growth spurt in enrolment by advocating for enough new schools to keep up with the city's booming population. Since 2010, enrolment has risen by more than 20 per cent, said district superintendent Sandy McDonald. The numbers are in line with the growing population of Grande Prairie.
One of the most serious is detailed in the journal BMJ Case Reports, published online Monday, in which a 34-year-old man from the United Kingdom ruptured his throat after pinching his nose and clamping his mouth shut to contain a forceful sneeze. "This tear in the throat is incredibly unusual," said Dr. Douglas Chepeha, an ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist at University Health Network in Toronto. Impeding the release of air from the nose and mouth during a sneeze could rapidly increase the pressure in the lungs, forcing the air out and trapping it in the chest between the lungs — a condition known as pseudomediastinum.
A 51-year-old man is facing several charges after he allegedly used a front-end loader to partially demolish a North Sydney, N.S., home early Monday morning and then drive to a local liquor store with police in pursuit. The pole was damaged and the side of a house was ripped apart.
The L-shaped parcel of land on Toronto's eastern waterfront known as Quayside isn't much to look at. There's a sprawling parking lot for dry-docked boats opposite aging post-industrial space, where Parliament Street becomes Queens Quay. To its south is one of the saddest stretches of the Martin Goodman trail, an otherwise pleasant running and biking route that spans the city east to west.
The province announced the sale of the Mill River golf course, fun park, camp ground and resort to McDougall in January 2017. The two Mi'kmaq bands on the Island are challenging the sale. The Lennox Island and Abegweit bands claim the entire province as unceded territory, and the constitution requires meaningful consultation on the sale of Crown land.
Property taxes in Windsor are going up, but just by 0.9 per cent. Windsor city council sat all afternoon and most of the evening Monday, but in the end, managed to pass the 2018 operating budget with less than half of the increase proposed at the beginning of the meeting. City administration started the day looking at a 2.1 per cent tax increase, down from the 2.6 per cent increase originally proposed to cover the $800 million operating budget and $643 million capital budget.
A senior Chinese central banker says authorities should ban centralized trading of virtual currencies as well as individuals and businesses that provide related services, an internal memo from a government meeting seen by Reuters showed. In the memo outlining details of discussions at a meeting of internet regulators and other policymakers last week, PBOC Vice Governor Pan Gongsheng said the government would continue to apply pressure to the virtual currency trade and prevent the build up of risks in that market. National and local authorities should ban venues that provide centralized trading of virtual currencies, of which bitcoin is the biggest, Pan said.
Vancouver police have assigned more than 50 officers to the investigation of a brazen gunfight that killed a 15-year-old boy after he was struck by a bullet while passing in a vehicle with his family. BC Coroners Service spokesman Andy Watson confirmed the teen died Monday following the shooting on Saturday evening. Adam Palmer said.