A fireball exploded and lit up the skies over Yellowknife early Thursday morning, but was not believed to have caused any damage.
One expert compared it to a similar incident that took place over Montreal last November.
An image of the explosion was posted on the website of Spaceweather.com. It was captured by a photographer who was leading a tour of the Aurora Borealis.
The exploding meteor was described as being so bright that it turned the night sky blue.
Peter Brown, a physics professor at Western University in London, Ont., viewed the photo of the bright fireball, which he calculated was less than one metre in size.
He told The Canadian Press the fact that there was an explosion meant the object had probably penetrated deep into the atmosphere.
But Brown said that he was almost certain the explosive force was too weak to cause any damage.
He added that the view of an exploding fireball is something that people might only see once a year.
The Western University physics professor noted the meteor that exploded over the skies of Montreal in November 2013 created a thundering boom, but it also shook houses.
The two fireballs over Yellowknife and Montreal paled in comparison to what happened over Chelyabinsk, Russia just over a year ago.
That's when a meteor estimated to be about 10 tons exploded over the Ural Mountains on Feb. 15, 2013 with the power of an atomic bomb.
The sonic blasts from that fireball shattered windows and injured about 1,000 people.
A gruelling week has coming to an end for the crew of the Canadian navy supply ship HMCS Protecteur.
The vessel arrived in Pearl Harbor Thursday morning, ending a laboured voyage back to Hawaii that began after a blaze seriously damaged the ship's engine room almost exactly seven days earlier.
At the time, Protecteur was nearly 700 kilometres northeast of Hawaii, heading toward its home port of Esquimalt, B.C., with nearly 300 crew members, 17 family members and several civilian contractors aboard.
Commodore Bob Auchterlonie, the commander of the Canadian navy's Pacific fleet, said the ship encountered "an absolute worst-case scenario" of a major fire on board a tanker in the middle of the ocean at night, compounded by a power loss.
"The leadership on board, the professionalism of the sailors and the courage displayed to get through this has been absolutely exceptional," he told reporters after meeting the ship.
Auchterlonie expressed his gratitude for the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. navy's help during the ordeal.
"I can't thank them enough for the great job they did in helping our sailors get back to port safely," he said.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Shawn Mosson said he had just sat down to have a cup of coffee in the cafeteria when he heard the alarm. He immediately went down below and grabbed a hose to cool off the deck.
The heat was so intense, his eyeglasses melted when he set them down.
"Our boots were starting to melt to the deck from the heat," he said. "(We were) overcome with smoke. You couldn't see your hand in front of your face."
Mosson, from Brandon, Man., said his training kicked in and his mind went blank as he focused on fighting the fire.
Now that he's back on land, Mosson said he'll first take a shower — "a very long one at that."
He's looking forward to returning to Canada.
"As soon as I get home, I'm going to grab my wife, my son, my stepdaughter and I'm never going to let them go," he said.
The fire engulfed a space as large as a school gymnasium, three or four stories high, and the Navy reported a doctor treated sailors for dehydration, exhaustion and smoke inhalation.
The trip back to Hawaii was complicated when the tow rope broke in heavy seas over the weekend, but a U.S. navy tug took over and the rest of the voyage was slow but uneventful.
On Thursday morning, U.S. navy tug boats guided the HMCS Protecteur to a pier, and sailors disembarked having not shaved or showered in a week.
Earlier this week, an American guided-missile destroyer took 19 relatives of the Canadian crew back to Hawaii.
The Protecteur was scheduled to be retired next year.
Emergency crews were called to the scene of a huge crash on the QEII Highway between Carstairs and Didsbury that killed one person and left a number of others injured.
The crash happened at about 8:15 a.m. Thursday morning and police say about 30 vehicles were involved.
EMS confirms one man died at the scene and another person is in serious condition.
Four others suffered non-life threatening injuries.
The southbound lanes are closed while police investigate.The northbound lanes are not affected.
"Conditions like these can make travel very dangerous," said Inspector Stephen Grant, Officer-in-Charge of Traffic Operations, Alberta RCMP, "We encourage you to use 511 and check road conditions before you travel."
A truck driver, on his way to Calgary, was about 15 metres behind the crash and managed to avoid the pileup.
"The road conditions are really bad. There's white-out conditions all the way down the highway and people were kind of going a little bit too fast for the conditions and then the little SUV actually hit the tanker truck and then it was one after the other from there," said John.
John says other truckers were reporting bad conditions so he knew what was coming.
"I reacted in time so, most of the northbound trucks were saying there was a stop on the road so everybody had the warning ahead of time so it was good to know."
Traffic is being detoured onto Highway 2A but motorists are advised to avoid the area altogether.
There is no word yet on the name of the deceased.
The highway was reopened at about 3:15 p.m.
Defence Minister Rob Nicholson has spoken directly with the mother of a dead Canadian soldier who was issued a government cheque for one cent.
A spokeswoman for the minister says Nicholson called Denise Stark earlier today, and the two spoke for about 10 minutes.
It's not known what Nicholson said during the call, other than that he apologized for what he has already described as an "insensitive bureaucratic screw-up."
Stark is expected to speak later today at a news conference in Hamilton, Ont., at 5 p.m. ET.
Twice this week, Nicholson apologized in the House of Commons for the one-cent cheque, which was issued by the Public Works department and carried the notation, "CF Release Pay."
Cpl. Justin Stark took his own life in October 2011 after a seven-month tour of duty in Afghanistan.
Crimea is under "illegal military occupation" and Canada will not recognize its forthcoming referendum on whether to join Russia, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Thursday.
Lawmakers in Crimea voted unanimously to split from Ukraine and join Russia, and will hold a referendum March 16 to allow voters on the disputed peninsula to weigh in on the decision.
Harper described Russia's invasion of Ukraine as an act of aggression and a clear violation both of Ukraine's sovereignty and international law.
The prime minister says Canada continues to view the situation in Ukraine "with the gravest concern" and will co-operate with its G7 partners and like-minded allies.
Moscow has so far refused to withdraw its troops from the strategic region, which also houses Russia's Black Sea fleet — a tense standoff that has triggered international sanctions against Russia and visa restrictions on its officials.
Ukraine's prime minister has called the Crimean lawmakers' decision illegitimate, but Russia says if Crimea votes to become part of Russia, they would introduce legislation to speed up the procedure.
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said it's impossible to organize a meaningful referendum in the 10-day time frame proposed.
He said Canada is deeply concerned about Russia's military actions.
"This is a vestige of another century," he said. "It's a Soviet-style tactic that's unacceptable for a G8 country and unacceptable in 2014.
"We're going to condemn it in the strongest of terms and work with friends and like-minded allies to see it reversed.
"It's going to be a challenging issue."
Former U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton says Russian President Vladimir Putin is using his country's energy resources to intimidate his opponents.
Concerns over Ukraine's financial condition mounted this week after Russian state gas company Gazprom said it was cancelling a substantial discount on natural gas granted to the former satellite country in December. Putin, meanwhile, noted Ukraine still owes some $2 billion for gas.
Clinton told a business audience on Thursday that Putin's incursion in Ukraine follows a pattern of behaviour he established with the invasion of Georgia in 2008.
"Vladimir Putin cherishes a vision of a greater Russia. His goal is to re-Sovietize Russia," Clinton said to the 2,500 who came to hear her speak in Calgary.
"That means trouble. And that's why everyone is scrambling to prop up Ukraine ... and to try to prevent future escalation."
Russia's position on Ukraine's gas debts is a shift from last year, when Moscow tolerated letting the country pile up unpaid bills. The change in tone came following the ouster of Ukraine's pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych by protesters who want closer ties with the European Union.
"One of the principle tools of intimidation that Russia has used is their energy resources — both in the winter of 2006 and then on Jan. 1, 2009, when the giant Russian energy company Gazprom shut off all natural gas exports to Ukraine," Clinton said.
"That was a wake-up call and it sent a chill, not only across Ukraine, but indeed across Europe. There are cases when one nation tries to use its energy supply to dominate or intimidate another. Russia's behaviour toward Ukraine is an obvious example."
Calgary residents are throwing their support behind a local school bus driver who was fired for picking up a group of students in her own SUV.
Kendra Lindon was fired by First Student Canada after she picked up six junior high students in her own vehicle last month, after discovering that her bus wouldn’t start.
There weren't enough seat belts for two of her passengers, but Lindon said, at the time, she was more concerned about the students waiting in the extreme cold. The temperature that morning was in the minus 20s. She also said she wasn't sure a replacement bus for the kids would ever come.
"I wasn't thinking about the policies, I was strictly thinking about the kids," she told CTV Calgary.
CTV Calgary asked its viewers in a poll whether Lindon should have been fired for her actions. Of the more than 4,000 votes, 90 per cent said they didn't support the punishment.
On a CTV Calgary article detailing Lindon’s case, readers had mixed views of her actions.
“If that was my son waiting for his bus, I would have loved that his bus driver would care about his safety that much that went out of her way and picked him up in her personal car !! come on people !” a reader named Mimi said.
A reader named Marc said: “Shame on her, some kids had no seatbelts, she did not trust her own company. Very poor judgement on her part.”
And another reader named Carole wrote: “I think it's a little harsh firing her. A warning would of been enough, her heart was in the right place...I believe she should get her job back.”
From its Ohio headquarters, First Student spokesperson Jen Biddinger said it is against company policy to discuss personnel matters. Biddinger also said the company takes safety, "very seriously, and our practices are designed to uphold this most important value."
But one Calgary employment law firm said that if Lindon was never made aware of the company policy prohibiting her actions, then there are no legal grounds to fire her for violating it.
"It's not only a bad practice, but it seems in this case you have a situation where you have someone who's trying to be a Good Samaritan and keep these kids warm and safe who's now been penalized," lawyer Jeff Kahane said.
For her part, Lindon said that she was acting more like a concerned parent than a bus driver at the time.
Kahane said that this also raises questions about whether her termination was appropriate.
"There is an argument that she wasn't even acting in the course of her employment, but the question is: What are the details of that contract?" he said.
Lindon said that if First Student asked her to return to work she'd happily oblige.
"If they phoned me and said 'We would love to have you back, please come drive for us again?,' Yes, I'd be all over it," she said.
The president of the University of Ottawa will speak today about allegations of sexual misconduct involving students.
Allan Rock has made no public comments since the university's men's hockey team was suspended Monday amid a police investigation of an alleged sexual assault in Thunder Bay, Ont.
The university is also facing allegations of having a so-called rape culture after sexually threatening banter about the school's student federation president was posted online.
Four student leaders resigned on the weekend after a private Facebook chat about student union leader Anne-Marie Roy was made public.
On Monday, the university announced the suspension of the hockey program as police opened an investigation into a complaint of sexual assault while the team was on a road trip.
The Thunder Bay Police Service has not released any details about the alleged sexual assault.
Four months after his birth, a polar bear cub at the Toronto Zoo finally has a name — "Humphrey."
The name was announced Thursday morning following votes submitted by more than 14,000 people in a "Name the Cub" contest at the zoo.
There were six names to choose from in balloting conducted from Feb. 11 through March 3 — Humphrey, James, Lorek, Orson, Searik and Stirling.
“Humphrey” has also been given an additional Inuit name — “Piujuq” (Piu), meaning “good and nice.”
The cub will be formally documented as Humphrey Piujuq in the official registry at the zoo.
Humphrey lives with three adult polar bears at the zoo: his mother Aurora, father Inukshuk and aunt Nikita.
A modest levy on the oil-and-gas sector might help secure Washington's support for the Keystone XL pipeline, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said during a trip to the U.S. capital Wednesday.
But he stressed that any such penalty had better be small.
Wall pointed to Alberta's initial $15-a-tonne levy on greenhouse gas emissions as an example. The amount is deemed insignificant by environmentalists and Alberta's own provincial government has signalled a willingness to nearly triple the fee.
But Wall said he'd view that amount as a guideline, if the federal government winds up imposing oil-and-gas regulations in conjunction with the U.S. He said he'd hope that any Canada-U.S. deal on emissions targets would allow provinces to set their own fee.
"I think the price wouldn't be that different from what Alberta has done. I think you start slow," Wall told a group of Canadian journalists at a round-table discussion.
"I think you start slow and see what impact it has on the economy... I don't think you want to kneecap your economy with a carbon tax."
One benefit of having those rules in place, he said, is that they might provide "environmental elbow-room" for the Obama administration to approve Keystone.
He said there's now a political window to accept the project, and create some jobs, before this year's midterm elections. He said it might be easier to get that approval from the president, who is under pressure from his left-wing base, if he can point to some Canadian action on the environment.
President Barack Obama and the Canadian government have expressed a willingness to work together on new greenhouse-gas initiatives, while a presidential decision on Keystone is expected within months.
Wall added a defiant caveat, however: He can't believe the Keystone discussion has come to this.
While environmental concessions might make sense now, Wall said, Keystone should never have required what he called a "trick" — meaning new GHG actions — to get approval in the first place.
He joked that 75 pipelines already criss-cross the border under the "nose" of activists like actress Darryl Hannah and said he was stunned to see Keystone become such a rallying point for environmentalists seeking to pressure the administration.
He said it took too long for Keystone proponents to pivot to the environmental argument, even if Canada already had a case to make on that front — given that the countries already have the same emissions targets.
He admitted that Canadian leaders were caught flat-footed when environmental concerns stalled Keystone. He said everyone — the Harper government, provincial governments, and industry — shares some of the blame.
"We could beat ourselves up over what we could have done. But who would have thought (this would happen)?" Wall said.
"We've got people with really big megaphones and not a lot of technical ... credibility influencing a bunch of people on this thing."
Wall is in Washington to meet with pro-Keystone lawmakers, as well as a White House official, in addition to selling the merits of Saskatchewan's carbon-capture technology that he says could benefit both the coal and oil industries in the U.S.
On new regulations, however, one environmental economist said Wall's logic defeats itself.
If the whole point of introducing rules is to convince the Americans you're doing something on climate change, and then you insist on weak rules so the oil industry isn't affected, he said, isn't there a conflict there?
"In some ways those arguments feed into the opposition," said Andrew Leach, a professor at the University of Alberta and a former federal official. "Then you're essentially saying exactly what the (Keystone) opponents are saying."
Leach said that kind of mixed messaging has been typical of the Keystone debate.
He said it's been similar with the Alberta government, which went from calling the pipeline indispensable to the expansion of the industry to now suggesting it won't really make a difference.
A State Department environmental review actually backed up the latter assessment, saying the Canadian oilsands would likely keep growing at a similar rate — with or without KXL.
However, environmental groups have questioned the credibility of the study. They drew attention to one news report Wednesday that suggested the State Department had wildly overestimated the use of rail to transport oil from Canada.
Note to readers: This is a corrected story. Wall did not express support for oil and gas regulations, as an earlier story implied, but merely observed that they might help secure U.S. approval of KXL.
Canadian women's hockey goalie Shannon Szabados has gone from winning gold in Sochi to helping out the Edmonton Oilers.
The Team Canada goalie filled in at practice for the National Hockey League team today while the Oilers waited for Viktor Fasth to arrive after a trade with Anaheim.
She got an invite last night after fans on Twitter tried to convince the team to put her on the roster as backup goalie for its game against Ottawa.
Szabados says she was thrilled by the social media campaign and the Oilers players welcomed her with open arms at practice.
She says she doubts the team will ask her to play in a real game.
But if they ever need her again for practice, she says she'll be ready.
Quebecers will go the polls next month with the Parti Quebecois chasing a majority government that could eventually march the province toward another independence referendum.
Premier Pauline Marois, first elected to a minority mandate 18 months ago, announced the April 7 vote Wednesday after meeting with her cabinet.
Flanked by PQ MNAs inside the national assembly, Marois made a statement to reporters that listed what she described as her government's accomplishments since defeating Jean Charest's Liberals in September 2012.
Recent polls have suggested her pro-independence party could capture a majority, thanks in large part to significant support from Quebec's ever-important francophone voters.
Marois' seven-minute speech was peppered with examples aimed at sending the message that her PQ government has created jobs and been a sound manager of the economy, an area long considered a party weakness.
"Today, we can say the results are there," she said, before crediting her government with creating 47,000 jobs in 2013.
"We have put lots of effort — lots of effort — into our economic policies to make Quebecers richer in all regions with quality jobs everywhere."
The statement, which she delivered before a meeting with Quebec's lieutenant-governor, made no direct mention of independence, sovereignty or a referendum. She refused to take questions from journalists before leaving.
In recent weeks, Opposition Leader Philippe Couillard has repeated the warning that a majority PQ government would open the door for Marois to call a referendum on Quebec independence.
"It's a certainty," Couillard, an outspoken defender of the Canadian federation, told reporters Wednesday when asked whether he thought a Marois majority would lead to a referendum.
"All the new (PQ) candidates (who) came forward in recent days said that their prime motivation was the idea of 'un pays' (a country)...
"They joined the PQ to have a referendum. They want to separate Quebec from Canada. Let's stop kidding ourselves here. Let's face reality."
Marois, however, has so far refused to commit herself to holding a referendum if she wins a majority, and has said such a vote must wait until the appropriate moment.
If elected to a majority, she has promised to consult Quebecers first on the merits of holding another vote on sovereignty.
Polls have suggested that support for independence has been around 40 per cent in Quebec, which voted against sovereignty in the 1980 and 1995 referendums.
Last month, PQ Environment Minister Yves-Francois Blanchet predicted the Marois government would hold a referendum in its first majority mandate because the party has called such votes in each of its past cycles in power.
Election fever had been building in recent weeks amid a flurry of spending announcements from the minority PQ government as well as the introduction of candidates for all political parties.
Marois argued Wednesday that her government had no choice but to pull the plug due to the opposition parties' stated intentions to defeat the PQ's budget, which was presented last month.
"Now it's up to you, Quebecers, to decide," she said. "You know my team, my team that is solid, that has proved itself."
The start of the 33-day campaign Wednesday also led to the suspension of the ongoing provincial corruption inquiry. The Charbonneau Commission will sit next week, as scheduled, but will then take a break until April 8.
The temporary shutdown will keep the public inquiry from examining potentially sensitive subjects, such as political party financing, during the campaign.
A statement from the Charbonneau inquiry said the hearings are politically neutral and that it would be inappropriate to continue them before the vote.
Justice Minister Peter MacKay says draft legislation that would loosen federal marijuana laws is under "serious consideration."
MacKay says the Conservatives are looking at whether to allow police officers to issue a ticket to anyone caught with small amounts of pot, rather than laying criminal charges.
He says the Justice Department will look into the issue and possibly present a draft bill, although any policy shift would stop short of decriminalizing marijuana.
Currently, under the Criminal Code, anyone convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana can be jailed for up to five years, while first-time offenders can face fines up to $1,000 or six months in jail.
Canadian police chiefs have long called for laws that would ticket people for pot possession instead of laying charges.
MacKay made the comments today following a weekend meeting with Vancouver's police chief, who supports that approach, as well as other law enforcement officials.
One of the warehouse workers who was injured in a bloody stabbing at a Edmonton grocery warehouse last week is speaking out for the first time, recounting the vicious attack.
Six men were stabbed, two fatally, at the massive Loblaws distribution complex in northwest Edmonton on Friday.
Abdelfetteh Aouachri survived the rampage but he is still dealing with the trauma of witnessing his friend die, he told CTV Edmonton on Tuesday.
When he saw his friend was crying out in pain and shock from being stabbed, Aouachri ran to his side but he himself came under attack by a man holding knives.
Showing how he blocked a knife headed to his chest with his hand, the 32-year-old Aouachri was unable to keep the weapon from being plunged into his arm.
It was then that he ran, and yelled out for everyone else to flee.
But his best friend, 41-year-old Thierno Bah, wasn’t able to run away. He had been stabbed as many as 10 times, according to his friend.
Aouachri says when it appeared there was no more danger in the warehouse, he ran back inside to help his friend. But it was too late for Bah, a married father of four children who had come to Canada from his native Guinea in 2009. Bah had a master’s degree in nanotechnology but had trouble securing work in that field.
And the vivid memory of the attack is proving too much for Aouachri, who is able to sleep only for an hour at a time these days.
“Because I saw all the crime and I saw my best friend die in front of me,” he explained.
Aouachri, who came to Canada for a job as a chemical engineer, had been working at the warehouse while upgrading his English skills.
Jayme Pasieka, 29, was arrested a few hours after the stabbing as he sat in a vehicle on the opposite end of the city. Pasieka is facing two charges each of first-degree murder, and possession of an offensive weapon, along with one count of attempted murder. Police said further charges were also pending.
Two correctional officers and a supervisor at a London, Ont., prison are facing charges in connection with the death of an inmate.
London police say Adam Kargus was killed in his holding cell at the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre on Oct. 31 and his cellmate Anthony George was subsequently charged with murder.
Staff and inmates at the prison were interviewed and video from within the institution was also reviewed as part of the police investigation.
Police say it was then determined that a second investigation was required to look into the actions or lack of action on the part of correctional staff leading up to and during the death of the inmate.
Correctional officers Leslie Lonsbary, 47, and Gregory Langford, 55, and operational manager Stephen Jurkus, 52, are each charged with one count of failing to provide the necessaries of life.
The three have been released and are to appear in court on April 15.
Chrysler Group LLC says it will continue with plans to start a new minivan assembly line in Windsor, Ont., even though it is no longer seeking funding from the federal and Ontario governments.
The auto giant said Tuesday will also invest in its Brampton, Ont., assembly plant, which builds the Dodge Charger, Challenger and Chrysler 300.
Chrysler said government officials were notified earlier this week that it was withdrawing its request for $700 million in subsidies because the projects were being used as a "political football."
"It is clear to us that our projects are now being used as a political football, a process that, in our view, apart from being unnecessary and ill-advised, will ultimately not be to the benefit of Chrysler," the company said in a statement.
"As a result, Chrysler will deal in an unfettered fashion with its strategic alternatives regarding product development and allocation, and will fund out of its own resources whatever capital requirements the Canadian operations require."
The car maker also cautioned that it will start upgrading the Canadian factories with its own capital but its investment will depend on Canada's competitiveness with other global factories and cooperation with the union.
"Of particular importance for this evaluation will be the outcome of our collective bargaining negotiations that will be carried out in 2016 with UNIFOR (the merged entity of the CAW and CEP)," said Sergio Marchionne, the company's chairman and CEO.
The head of Unifor said it is pleased with Chrysler's decision to invest in the Windsor plant but it was regrettable that a "long-term" strategy for the auto industry could not be reached.
"The bottom line is that the people of Ontario and our leaders need to understand the importance of developing a long-term strategy, including public investment, if we want to have a strong, competitive advanced manufacturing sector," said Jerry Dias, national president of Unifor.
"We are deeply concerned, however, that in the long-term we are going to lose an incredible opportunity to secure Ontario's manufacturing industry well into the future," he added.
The union, which represents more than 39,000 members in the auto sector, said it will wait to hear more detail about Chrysler's plans for the Windsor and Brampton plants.
Meanwhile, the Ontario government called the decision by Chrysler evidence that negotiations had been successful between officials and the car maker.
"Our negotiations with Chrysler were consistent with our past level of support for major auto investments," said Eric Hoskins, Ontario minister of economic development, in a statement.
"We will continue to work positively and proactively with Chrysler and with other auto companies to partner in a fiscally responsible way to attract new investment, new jobs, and new product lines to Ontario."
Earlier Tuesday, Marchionne told a news conference at the Geneva auto show that he regretted how Chrysler's request for government funding had become highly politicized.
"People think this is a matter of subsidizing industry — it's not," he said.
The auto giant has asked the federal and Ontario governments for subsidies, as part of an overall investment of $3.6 billion, to start production of the new Chrysler minivan in Windsor.
In January, it said it was considering a billion-dollar upgrade at its Ontario plant but it was in talks with the government about an incentive package that would help offset higher costs in Canada.
The Chrysler assembly plant in Windsor produces the Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans as well as several other vehicles.
— With files from The Associated Press
Mayor Rob Ford rejected suggestions on Tuesday that late-night TV comedian Jimmy Kimmel had humiliated him, and denied needing help for substance abuse.
Speaking at city hall after his foray to Los Angeles, an upbeat Ford sloughed off Kimmel's reruns of several embarrassing videos and his suggestion the mayor find someone to talk to about his addictions.
"I don't have any personal issues," Ford said.
"We've gone down that road a number of times."
For much of his 15-minute appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" late Monday, the mayor looked uncomfortable as the comedian razzed him over a series of incidents that have garnered Ford worldwide attention.
"Our first guest tonight has tripped, bumped, danced, argued and smoked his way into our national consciousness," Kimmel said by way of introduction.
Ford said he had received a "lot of support" following his appearance and denied that Kimmel had made a fool out of him.
"I knew I was going into a lion's den but I held my own," the mayor said.
Kimmel drew laughs from the studio audience by playing several videos that have gone viral, including ones from a meeting in which Ford mimes a drunk driver, dances in council chambers and almost knocks down a fellow councillor.
"This has become old news," Ford said of the videos.
At one point, Kimmel played a cellphone video of Ford ranting about wanting to kill someone.
Ford indicated he had no idea who the target of his wrath was.
"You have that many enemies that you don't know which one this was?" an incredulous Kimmel asked.
The comedian quizzed Ford on the numerous occasions the mayor has had to apologize for behaviour that includes smoking crack in a drunken stupor and uttering profanities on national television.
Time and again, however, Ford trotted out his mantra about how he saves taxpayers money and how hard he works for his constituents.
When they say jump, Ford told Kimmel, he only asks, "How high?"
"Realistically, how high can you jump?" Kimmel interjected.
Ford described himself as a "normal, average, hard-working politician that's real."
"You are not the average politician my friend," Kimmel retorted.
The comedian cited an email from one Toronto resident, who wrote that Ford's appearance on the show was "a slap to all Torontonians," and referred to "domestic abuse, drunk driving, racism, homophobia and inability to tell the truth."
"Is that all I got?" Ford responded.
Ford's councillor brother Doug Ford, who accompanied the mayor on the trip to L.A., said Tuesday that the late-night TV show was like a "church picnic" and seized on Kimmel's pronouncement that Ford was the "most wonderful mayor" he had ever witnessed.
"Jimmy Kimmel, as he said, 'You're the best mayor'," Doug Ford said.
"He was sincere when he said that."
Coun. Ford insisted both the studio audience and "unbiased" Americans they met on the trip to Los Angeles thought the mayor a great guy.
"They went bananas for Rob," he said. "Every person we talked to was positive."
Canada Post is apologizing for its delivery of anti-gay flyers in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, N.L.
Spokeswoman Anick Losier says Canada Post apologizes to anyone who was offended by the flyers that quoted Bible verses to condemn gay marriage and homosexuality.
Losier says the flyers should not have been accepted for mailing.
She says Canada Post is now reviewing its processes to ensure similar material is not delivered in future.
The flyers called "Same-Sex Marriages and God's Word" were delivered late last week.
A man who identified himself as a spokesman for the People's Gospel Hour, based in Halifax, says his group published the flyers but he declined comment.
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