A senior Trump administration official was fired following criticism in a private speech of President Donald Trump's policies and his inner circle of advisers. Craig Deare, whom Trump appointed a month ago to head the National Security Council's Western Hemisphere division, was on Friday escorted out of the Executive Office Building, where he worked in Washington. A senior White House official confirmed that Deare is no longer working at the NSC and has returned to the position he previously held at the National Defence University.
Environment Canada says more spring-like weather that smashed temperature records in Ontario is in store for the rest of the weekend. Trudy Kidd, a meteorologist with the weather agency, says Toronto saw a new record high for Feb. 18, with the mercury hitting 11.9 C at Toronto Pearson Airport. Kidd says Windsor, Ont., was the hot spot in the province that day, with temperatures reaching 19.1 C, beating the previous record set in 2011 by nearly 7 C.
Toronto police say an explosion on the top floor of a Parkdale apartment building on Saturday was caused by the mishandling of chemicals used in the production of drugs. Allyson Douglas-Cook, spokesperson for the Toronto Police Service, said police have determined that the chemicals, which they called combustibles, were not handled properly on Saturday afternoon in a nineteenth floor unit at 105 West Lodge Avenue, near Seaforth Avenue. The mishandling caused a chemical reaction in the high-rise building, north of Queen Street West and Lansdowne Avenue. Two people were injured while inside the unit and charged in the explosion.
A 25-year-old woman has died after she was hit by a vehicle while crossing the street in Markham on Saturday night. Staff Sgt. David Mitchell, spokesman for York Regional Police, said police received a call about a pedestrian at the intersection of Steeles Avenue East and McCowan Road at 11:30 p.m. Mitchell said the woman, believed to be from Markham, was crossing McCowan Road when she was hit by a vehicle making what police believe was a left turn.
Does it still make sense for Albertans to change their clocks twice a year? An Alberta MLA is asking that question. "The original reasons [for it] being brought in are today more myths than fact," Thomas Dang, NDP MLA for Edmonton-Southwest, told Daybreak Alberta this week. Dang, who is the youngest MLA in the province's history, says he's talked to a lot of Albertans, like farmers, who are directly affected by the semi-annual time shift.
The mantra "better late than never" is one that Kwan Lee will take to the stage when he accompanies his daughter, dancer and choreographer Ziyian Kwan, for a live dance and music show that explores the relationship between a father and daughter using concepts drawn from Buddhism. The show is titledThe Mars Hotel & Kwan Yin — partly named after the goddess of compassion. "I'm not a professional," Lee told host Sheryl MacKay on CBC's North by Northwest.
Malaysia's ambassador to North Korea has been recalled from Pyongyang amid rising tensions between the countries over the death in Kuala Lumpur of an estranged scion of North Korea's ruling family. Kang said Malaysia may be "trying to conceal something" and that the autopsy on Kim Jong Nam was carried out "unilaterally and excluding our attendance." Kim Jong Nam is the half brother of North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un.
U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence paid a sombre visit to the site of the Dachau concentration camp on Sunday, walking along the grounds where tens of thousands of people were killed during World War II. Pence was joined by his wife, Karen, and the couple's 23-year-old daughter, Charlotte, as they toured the exhibits at the former concentration camp that was established by the Nazis in 1933 near Munich. The concentration camp for political prisoners and Jews near Dachau was the first such facility in Germany.
Two Conservative MPs are calling on the federal government to act to stop the flow of people illegally crossing the United States border into Canada. Michelle Rempel and Tony Clement tweeted on Sunday that illegal crossings are unsafe and place a burden on local law enforcement. "The government must respond to this situation in a way that keeps Canadians safe, and sends a strong message to those considering an illegal crossing that there are proper channels to do this," Rempel wrote.
Canadian military aircraft are once again over the skies of Syria, helping to identify targets in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant months after the Liberals pulled fighter jets from the mission. It has been one year since Canadian CF-18 fighter jets flew their last mission over Syria after the Liberals withdrew the planes in favour of a mission to train local forces and help rebuild areas affected by fighting. While the revamped mission against ISIL includes a mandate to operate over Syria, military officials have been reluctant to confirm whether Canada's surveillance and refuelling planes are operating over the country.
The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra invited 1,000 newcomers to their performance Sunday afternoon free of charge. The performance, called Once Upon A Dance, featured dance troupes from across the province performing works from Manitoba's history. Programs were offered in Arabic, and the English portions of the performance were translated into Arabic for the audience.
The B.C. government has announced some one-time funding for the province's education system to be used by schools for supplies. The Student Learning Grant will provide $29.4 million dollars to both public and private schools in the coming weeks. "Schools will be required to put a priority on purchasing supplies and resources that reduce costs for parents and help teachers deliver B.C.'s new curriculum," said the province in a release on Sunday.
Underwater search and recovery crews got to the scene, south of Brantford, Ont., around 11:30 a.m. Sunday. On Saturday around 5 p.m., the OPP said its officers and fire and paramedics crews were called to the conservation area. The man fell through the ice while ice fishing in about 15 feet of water.
A national Islamic group is expressing alarm about a small anti-Muslim protest held Friday in front of a Toronto mosque. The National Council of Canadian Muslims says the demonstration, reportedly consisting of about a dozen participants, was a clear attempt to intimidate the Muslim community. The executive director of the National Council says it's "deeply" disturbing that such a protest would happen, let alone after last month's slaying of six men at a Quebec City mosque.
Bachelor of arts student Dallas Cardinal felt intimidated when she first stepped on campus at Concordia University of Edmonton. "It took my quite some time … to actually connect with other Indigenous students because I didn't see them," said Cardinal. Three years later, she's helping the university implement a new Indigenous strategy which includes the launch of a new Indigenous student council.
Héma-Québec wants more black Montrealers to give blood to help others who receive frequent blood transfusions. A special blood drive this weekend, in partnership Black History Month, highlighted a pressing need for donors within the black community, which has a higher frequency of hereditary diseases like sickle-cell anemia. Regular blood recipients are more likely to have adverse reactions, but that this can be lowered when the donor is of a similar genetic background, the provincial blood serves agency said.
A Halifax woman's belief in Good Samaritans was reinforced Friday when a delivery truck driver escorted her visually impaired daughter through tall snowbanks and busy traffic on a crowded downtown street. Carole Buchanan was driving her 41-year-old daughter Jenny Morash to an afternoon hair appointment on Argyle Street when a Sysco delivery truck ahead of her stopped in front of Neptune Theatre. The driver helped them get to a spot where it was safe for Morash to exit the vehicle.
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has set the date for a byelection in an Ottawa riding left vacant by the death of Mauril Belanger.
HAMAM AL-ALIL, Iraq — U.S.-backed Iraqi forces launched a major air-and-ground offensive Sunday to retake western Mosul from Islamic State militants and drive the extremist group from its last major urban bastion in Iraq. Ground units pushed into a belt of villages outside the country's second-largest city, and plumes of smoke rose into the sky early in the morning as U.S.-led coalition jets struck militant positions southwest of Mosul and militarized Iraqi police fired artillery. "This is zero hour and we are going to end this war, God willing," said Mahmoud Mansour, a police officer, as he prepared to move out.
A man who escaped from an Illinois prison in 2003 while serving an eight-year sentence on a drug charge has been arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents at his home in Atlanta. Jorge Soberanis-Rumaldo was taken into custody Friday by as part of an immigration enforcement that targeted criminals, according to an ICE news release. Authorities say Soberanis-Rumaldo is a Mexican national who is in the U.S. illegally.
Tens of thousands of revellers in masks and period costume packed St Mark's Square on Sunday for the "flight of the angel", the traditional opening of the Venice Carnival. On the 12th chime of midday from St Mark's Campanile, Claudia Marchiori descended gracefully from the famous bell tower, attached to a wire 80 metres (260 feet) above the crowd that had gathered for one of the world's most famous carnivals. Dressed in a leviathan purple gown with orange wings, she sprinkled glitter and confetti to the tune of "Wicked Game", the 1989 song by American rock musician Chris Isaak.
Randy Picton admits fermenting grapes and turning them into wine was a long way from his thoughts as a youngster growing up in Yorkton, Sask. As the lead winemaker at Nk'Mip Cellars (pronounced "inka-meep") in the Okanagan, Picton is proving Saskatchewan soil is capable of producing fine winemakers. According to its website, Nk'Mip was the first Aboriginal-owned and operated winery in North America.
The cast reuniting for the movie that's an extension of the TV series Hatching, Matching and Dispatching is making good use of this week's heavy snowfall in St. John's. It ran for one season in 2006 and starred Majumder, Jonny Harris and Susan Kent, along with Mary Walsh in the lead role of family matriarch, Mamie Lou Furey.
Hundreds take part in annual tomato war staged in a rodeo ring in the town of Quillon, Chile. Firefighters were on hand to rinse off and cool down the participants. (Feb. 19)