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Tech gadgets for cyclists provide directions, theft protection

Tech gadgets for cyclists provide directions, theft protection

Ever wish your bike could give you directions while you ride, turn on a motor to give you a boost up steep hills, or alert you if someone tries to steal it from its parking spot? Among them is Montreal-based SmartHalo, which is making a device that mounts on the handlebars of any ordinary bike and connects to an app to provide features such as turn-by-turn directions, speed and distance tracking,…

  • Montreal unveils new plan to monitor city contracts

    The City of Montreal says it will soon have a tool in place to evaluate contractors. The performance assessment will make sure the city doesn't hire contractors and service providers who consistently under-perform. If that company is the lowest bidder on a future contract, that contract will have to be re-evaluated by …

  • Windsor-Essex area opioid misuse leads to spike in deaths, ER visits and hospitalizations

    There have been a rising number of opioid-related deaths, emergency-room visits and hospitalizations in this area and in Ontario at large since the early 2000s, according to a new report from the Windsor-Essex Health Unit. Opioids include codeine, fentanyl, heroin, hydromorphone, methadone, morphine and oxycodone. This …

  • The growing number of condo buildings and private docks along the Lachine Canal is making what's supposed to be a public area not so public anymore, says Projet Montréal leader Luc Ferrandez. Projet Montréal is requesting that candidates in the upcoming federal election take a stand on the increasing privatization of Lachine …

  • Samantha Bee is heading back to late-night TV come January, with the Canadian comedian and Daily Show alumnus revealing the name of her forthcoming TBS show with a somewhat raunchy online video on Wednesday. Toronto-born Bee, who was one of The Daily Show's senior correspondents, first revealed in March that she'd be starting …

  • GM smokestack demolition 'flawlessly executed,' says Jones Group Ltd.

    Jones Group Ltd. used used hydraulic excavators to demolish the smokestack at the former GM transmission plant on Tuesday around 3 p.m., the company said in a media release. Explosives were not successful at taking down the smokestack on at least three attempts made in August. Windsor's chief building inspector, John …

  • Social housing, public transit top Montreal mayor's federal wish list

    The mayor of Montreal has a $2-billion wish list for the winner of the next federal election. - Montreal's continued rejection of tolls on the new Champlain Bridge and the end of door-to-door mail delivery.

  • Ontario union uses drunk-driving stats to attack Alberta

    A nasty public-relations spat has broken out between Ontario and Alberta, with unionized government liquor-store workers on one side and a "free-wheeling" province with an overabundance of drunk drivers on the other. Ontario's Liberal government is considering a plan to allow liquor kiosks to open in some grocery stores …

  • Sex ed protests resume as school set to start

    Protesters have renewed their calls against changes to Ontario's sexual education curriculum, six days before the new school year begins. The protest organizers, Campaign Life Coalition, call the new curriculum "radical" and "harmful" and want the governing Liberals to abolish the changes. The sex ed curriculum has not …

  • Toronto police are searching for a suspect after a woman was stabbed in a random attack in the Moss Park area early Wednesday afternoon. A woman in her 50s was stabbed by an unknown man around Queen Street East and Sherbourne Street around 12:45 p.m. Police say the stabbing was unprovoked. Police said the male suspect …

  • An Ottawa recreation league hockey player convicted of aggravated assault for an on-ice collision will get a new trial after the Ontario Court of Appeal found the trial judge seemed to "impose her personal knowledge of hockey on the facts of the case." 

  • 'Wackos' responsible for fake bomb found near Bloor and Lansdowne: fire chief

    A paint can with wiring attached to it was set on fire and made to look like a bomb in order to threaten a neighbourhood near Bloor Street West and Lansdowne Avenue, Toronto fire offcials said. The landlord of 29 Wade Avenue contacted police after he arrived at the building and noticed a can of paint with wires attached …

  • Conservative Leader Stephen Harper unveiled his campaign plane Tuesday morning in Toronto, a chartered Air Canada Airbus 319 wrapped with the Conservative Party's logo and colours. But it doesn't have a name yet. The CBC's James Cudmore, who is covering the Harper campaign, revealed Tuesday that reporters have a tradition …

  • 3 Blueline taxis vandalized overnight as cab dispute continues

    Three Blueline taxis were vandalized overnight in what Ottawa police believe were targeted incidents as a labour dispute involving airport taxi drivers continues. Varun Walia, who has been driving a cab for nearly four years, said he was woken up early Wednesday morning by another cab driver in his neighbourhood who called …

  • Typically, building design in Canada's far north has consisted more or less of designs from the south. These have not been particularly well-suited to the climate, nor to the lifestyle of the majority of residents who are Inuit or aboriginal. In the province of Quebec, portions of the far northern region known as Nunavik, …

  • It was within the rights of a Halifax doctor to disclose confidential patient information about a medical student to police after becoming concerned about possible threats to Dalhousie University faculty and students, a University of Toronto psychiatry professor says. Dr. David Goldbloom says confidentiality between doctor …

  • Quebec helicopter crash: 3 taken to hospital in Sept-Îles

    Three people are in hospital following a helicopter crash in a remote area of Quebec near Sept-Îles. Five people were on board the chopper when it went down around 9:45 a.m. ET on Wednesday shortly after taking off from the airport in Sept-Îles, about 30 kilometres from the crash site in the province's North Shore region. …

  • The Montreal dance company La La La Human Steps is shutting down. Its founder and artistic director, Édouard Lock, said the group had no choice but to end its activities after 35 years, citing financial difficulties. "I'm announcing my resignation as choreographer and artistic director of LaLaLa Human Steps, a position …

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