News: Canada

Parliamentary committee ponders how to cope with nuclear threat from North Korea

Wednesday  12:37,   23 august 2017
cbc.ca

A summer of sabre-rattling with North Korea appears to have put a dent in the Liberal resolve to keep Canada out of the U.S. ballistic missile shield. A Commons committee held a special meeting in Ottawa on Tuesday looking for answers on what[...]

Blazes merge into largest ever wildfire in westernmost Canada

Wednesday  07:11,   23 august 2017
AFP

Nineteen wildfires have merged into one massive forest fire that officials said Tuesday was the largest ever recorded in Canada's westernmost British Columbia province. The fires combined into a single blaze west of Quesnel that covers 467,000[...]

Therapy dogs to comfort travellers at Vancouver International Airport

Wednesday  06:40,   23 august 2017
cbc.ca

The Vancouver International Airport is partnering with St. John’s Ambulance to employ seven of their therapy dogs onsite in the arrival terminal every weekday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. "We know that traveling can sometimes be stressful," said Reg[...]

Updated: Thousands without power after storm tears through province, N.D.G. badly affected

Wednesday  06:40,   23 august 2017
The Gazette

Environment Canada removed the thunderstorm watch for the Montreal, Laval, Chateauguay and Longueuil regions around 7 p.m.  While they did not issue a tornado warning on Tuesday, the government agency did say that “severe thunderstorms can[...]

Eclipse tides break Washington salmon-farm nets sparking B.C. concerns

Wednesday  06:40,   23 august 2017
Vancouver Sun

The escape of hundreds of thousands of Atlantic salmon from a fish farm northeast of Victoria on the Washington state side of the San Juan Islands has sparked concerns by B.C. conservation groups about the potential impacts on wild Pacific[...]

It doesn’t get butter than this: Sculptors make butter Trudeau, capybara at CNE

Wednesday  06:40,   23 august 2017
Toronto Star

When David Salazar leaves the Canadian National Exhibition, his hands are incredibly moisturized and his whole body smells like butter.“Your arms, your body is glistening,” said Salazar.“Everything you eat, everything you handle, you can feel the[...]

Hwy. 400 in Vaughan reopens lanes after overturned tractor-trailer caused delays

Wednesday  06:40,   23 august 2017
Toronto Star

The northbound Hwy. 400 in Vaughan has finally reopened all of its lanes after a tractor-trailer overturned earlier this afternoon and caused a massive blockage .“The truck that was traveling northbound entered the right shoulder, hit a steel[...]

4 teens lure man through online dating site, pepper-spray and carjack him

Wednesday  04:55,   23 august 2017
cbc.ca

Four teenagers pepper-sprayed and carjacked a Winnipeg man Monday afternoon who showed up for what he thought was a date he'd arranged through a free online dating site, police say.Police detailed the attack at a news conference Tuesday morning[...]

Province tries to block Dalton McGuinty testifying at lawsuit

Wednesday  04:41,   23 august 2017
Toronto Star

The province and Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. are trying to block a ruling that orders former premier Dalton McGuinty, his finance minister and other senior officials to answer questions under oath about the 2012 cancellation of a lucrative[...]

Alberta women warned of 'misleading' calls about breast-screening exams

Wednesday  03:35,   23 august 2017
cbc.ca

Eight women in north-central Alberta have received "misleading" calls from someone who claims to be from a medical imaging centre, asking them to perform breast self-exams while they remain on the phone, Alberta Health Services is warning. [...]

West Nile 'epidemic' in Ontario is imminent, says expert

Wednesday  03:35,   23 august 2017
cbc.ca

A team from Brock University is predicting an outbreak of the West Nile virus that could hit more than 300 human cases in the next two weeks.A team led by Fiona Hunter, a medical and veterinary entomologist, analyzed 12 years of data, examining[...]

2 schools in Chisasibi, Que., closed due to mould, asbestos

Wednesday  03:35,   23 august 2017
cbc.ca

School officials in the James Bay Cree community of Chisasibi have ordered the temporary closure and cleanup of two schools, after tests revealed the presence of mould and asbestos. "Extensive" repairs will be needed at the recently built[...]

Eight people charged after Vaughan house shot at twice

Wednesday  03:35,   23 august 2017
Toronto Star

Eight people have been arrested and are facing 50 drug and firearm related charges after two separate incidents this summer where the same Vaughan residence was fired upon.York Regional Police responded to a residence on Mellings Dr. on June 12 in[...]

Five-month-old baby's death after arson a homicide, police say

Wednesday  03:35,   23 august 2017
Edmonton Journal

Fire ripped through a home in a southwest Edmonton neighbourhood early Tuesday morning.Police say a house fire that killed a five-month-old baby boy Tuesday morning in southwest Edmonton was deliberately set and they are calling the child’s death a[...]

Thieves stole sentimental items after Surrey fire, says resident

Wednesday  02:10,   23 august 2017
Vancouver Sun

A Surrey woman is devastated after not only losing her home, but discovering thieves have stolen sentimental items from her. Esther Walls says she was given the opportunity to visit her burned out suite to see if anything was salvageable. “But[...]