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Off-road trail of destruction

Jul 5, 2015 / 7:29 am

Nearly a decade's worth of data and observation from an environmental group suggests Alberta's fragile backcountry is being damaged by unsustainable off-highway vehicle use. Ruts deep enough to swallow a man and erosion that has relocated streambeds shows that some areas can't handle...

Harper's Stampede speech

Jul 5, 2015 / 5:30 am

Justin Trudeau is no longer alone in Stephen Harper's crosshairs. NDP Leader Tom Mulcair is now there too. The prime minister launched a blistering attack on his two main competitors in a speech to party faithful at his annual Calgary Stampede barbecue on Saturday in advance of this...

Thousands more evacuated

Jul 4, 2015 / 6:25 pm

Thousands more people in northern Saskatchewan are being told that wildfires are too close for them to stay in their homes. But this time they'll be heading to Alberta instead of an evacuation centre in their own province. The Alberta government said in a news release that the province...

Grimm's roast beef recalled

Jul 4, 2015 / 5:52 pm

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says a popular roast beef brand sold across the country is being recalled over possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. FG Deli Group Ltd. is recalling Grimm's Fine Foods brand Home Style Roast Beef and is advising Canadians not to eat the product...

Five deaths linked

Jul 4, 2015 / 2:25 pm

Two people shot in a law office north of Montreal on Thursday have died of their injuries, Quebec provincial police confirmed Saturday afternoon. Police identified the victims as 51-year-old Benoit Cote and 30-year old Marie-Josée Sills, who were shot around 6 p.m. Thursday in the cabinet...

Sask. wildfire burns homes

Jul 4, 2015 / 7:01 am

Wind-whipped wildfires engulfed a northern Saskatchewan community Friday and burned at least two homes to the ground. "Everybody's safe, but we just couldn't take on Mother Nature today," said Edward Henderson, chief of the Montreal Lake First Nation. "There was no...

Smoke clears, flames fanned

Jul 3, 2015 / 12:48 pm

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says wind is proving to be a "double-edged sword" in fighting wildfires in the northern part of the province. Wall met Friday with emergency officials and community leaders in La Ronge, and also stopped to thank a group of firefighters for their...

Parade kicks off stampede

Jul 3, 2015 / 10:45 am

Two-time Olympic bobsled champion Kaillie Humphries sported a gold-medal smile Friday as she presided over the kickoff to the Calgary Stampede. An estimated 250,000 people took the morning off work, donned cowboy hats, boots and jeans, and lined up early for the parade, which marks the beginning...

Strike delays, cancels flights

Jul 3, 2015 / 10:31 am

Dozens of flights at Toronto Pearson International Airport were delayed or cancelled Friday because of a labour dispute at a company that's losing a contract to fuel planes for multiple airlines. A union spokesman says 30 of 47 workers scheduled for the Friday morning shift called in sick,...

Explosion in law firm

Jul 3, 2015 / 10:29 am

Emergency crews have surrounded a law firm in south-central Winnipeg after reports of a possible explosion. There are reports that a woman, who inadvertently triggered the bomb, was rushed to hospital with serious injuries to her upper body. Police have put crime scene tape around the...

Bernardo applies for parole

Jul 3, 2015 / 6:48 am

Paul Bernardo has applied for day parole in Toronto. The lawyer for the families of Bernardo's murder victims, 14-year-old Leslie Mahaffy and 15-year-old Kristen French, says Correctional Service Canada sent out a form letter to the families last week advising them of his application. Tim...

Toonie marks poppy poem

Jul 3, 2015 / 6:28 am

The man who penned one of the most memorable poems in Canadian history is getting not one, but two commemorative coins. The federal cabinet has approved the creation of commemorative toonies and two 25-cent coins depicting Lt.-Col. John McCrae writing "In Flanders Fields" to mark the...

New wave of 'hip' mayors

Jul 3, 2015 / 6:22 am

Brian Bowman had barely unpacked his sports memorabilia and family photos in the mayor's office when he was thrust into the national spotlight. It wasn't for being the first indigenous mayor of a major Canadian city or for being one of the younger municipal leaders in the...

Nuisance bears on rise

Jul 3, 2015 / 6:11 am

Nuisance bears: they raid fridges, help themselves to trash and even crash parties. This year, the hungry mammals have forced trail closures in Alberta, ripped through screen doors to steal food inside Ontario cabins, settled for eating cake out of the garbage near Ottawa, and one cub broke into...

Threats to flights

Jul 2, 2015 / 3:57 pm

The past week has seen several threats made against Canadian airliners. The disruptions to four WestJet flights and one Air Canada plane left passengers scrambling as airlines dealt with halted operations and route diversions. Although each threat proved to be a false alarm, police are...

How much do you say 'eh?'

Jul 2, 2015 / 3:33 pm

A new poll backs up what Canadians know to be true – we say "eh" a lot. The Historica Canada poll, conducted by Ipsos Reid, was released on Canada Day. Its results show eight of 10 Canadians acknowledge that “eh” is part of their vocabulary, and one in four confess...

51 towns evacuated

Jul 2, 2015 / 11:42 am

Emergency officials in Saskatchewan say wildfires have forced at least 5,000 people from their homes in the northern part of the province. They say one of the fires has destroyed one home southwest of La Ronge as well as some cabins in remote areas. Duane McKay, commissioner of emergency...

Smoke warning widens

Jul 2, 2015 / 10:49 am

Smoke from wildfires is raising air quality concerns across Saskatchewan and parts of Manitoba. Environment Canada has issued special air quality statements for regions in the two provinces. The statements for Saskatchewan say people should be aware of potential health concerns due to poor...

Canadian dollar drops

Jul 2, 2015 / 8:20 am

The Canadian dollar was trading below 80 cents US as North American stock markets gained ground Thursday morning. The loonie traded at 79.54 cents US, down 0.52 of a U.S. cent from the pre-holiday close on Tuesday. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index gained 52.90 to...

Old math vs. new

Jul 2, 2015 / 5:55 am

Don't get math teachers started on best teaching practices. The discussions are emotional, heated and they don't agree on much — except that Canadian kids are falling behind their peers in other countries, and there's no clear solution. There are generally two camps: those...

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