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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...

Sask. blanketed in smoke

Jul 1, 2015 / 7:56 pm

The number of people forced from their homes by Saskatchewan wildfire smoke continues to climb, but a provincial official says the smoke is now so thick that it's actually helping control the fires. Steve Roberts with Saskatchewan's environment ministry says the layer of smoke that...


Another WestJet diverted

Jul 1, 2015 / 7:30 pm

WestJet says a bomb threat it believes was a hoax prompted the airline to divert a Vancouver-to-Toronto flight to Calgary on Wednesday night. WestJet says flight WS722 landed safely and the 30 passengers and five crew members on board exited the aircraft via stairs. The airline says it...

Canada's the best: Harper

Jul 1, 2015 / 6:17 am

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Canadians are "blessed to live in the best country in the world," and in his annual statement marking Canada Day, he says that good fortune is not an accident. Harper says it is the result of visionary leaders, courageous men and women in uniform,...

Canada Day quiz

Jul 1, 2015 / 5:00 am

Pull yourself away from your poutine and back bacon long enough to take our Canada Day quiz. Call yourself a Canadian? Put yourself to the test. Wrap yourself in the maple leaf and find out just how much you really know about our home and native land. Happy Canada Day, eh?

Fourth flight threatened

Jun 30, 2015 / 8:54 pm

For the fourth time in less than a week, a Canadian passenger jet has had to make an emergency landing because of a threat made against it. On Tuesday night, WestJet took once again to Twitter to say one of its planes had received a bomb threat. "We've landed safely in...

Sask. runs out of fire money

Jun 30, 2015 / 5:39 pm

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says the province's firefighting budget has been depleted, but crews will keep working in the north, where flames and smoke have forced at least 3,000 people from their homes. Evacuations started late last week in about a dozen communities around La Loche and...

Scramble to get off plane

Jun 30, 2015 / 5:04 pm

Police were trying to determine Tuesday if three threats to flights in one week were related as passengers from an evacuated WestJet plane described their ordeal. Manitoba RCMP Sgt. Bert Paquet said the latest threat Monday night involved Flight WS422, which was diverted to Winnipeg en route...

Thousands evacuated

Jun 30, 2015 / 11:37 am

Wildfires and hazardous smoke have forced at least 3,000 people from their homes in northern Saskatchewan. Emergency officials say they expect more evacuations throughout the day. Fires and smoke have been threatening communities near La Ronge and La Loche since late last week. Many...

Following Vancouver's lead

Jun 30, 2015 / 11:35 am

A Vancouver city councillor believes other Canadian cities will be forced to follow his city's lead to regulate medicinal marijuana dispensaries as result of changes imposed by the federal Conservative government. Kerry Jang says he has heard from other municipalities, including Victoria,...

Ikea monkey gets to stay

Jun 30, 2015 / 11:26 am

The Ikea monkey is not going to be evicted. Darwin the monkey — who shot to fame in December 2012 when he was found wandering outside a Toronto Ikea in a shearling coat — has been living at Story Book Farm Primate Sanctuary since a court placed him there. But the sanctuary had...

Murder charge in gas n dash

Jun 30, 2015 / 11:14 am

A Calgary man arrested in the hit-and-run death of a gas station worker is now charged with second-degree murder. Joshua Cody Mitchell, who is 20, appeared in court on closed-circuit television Tuesday and had his case put over until July 30 to give his lawyer time to review the file. The...

A sticky situation

Jun 30, 2015 / 10:41 am

A Cambridge, Ont., neighbourhood was abuzz as about 50,000 bees and 45 kilograms of honey were ripped from inside the walls of a house. Beekeeper David Schuit says he spent about six hours on Monday outside the home on a tall ladder, cutting away honeycomb and carrying down pail after pail as...

Mulcair a secret Tory?

Jun 30, 2015 / 6:27 am

A report published online by Maclean's magazine says NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair was in discussions in 2007 to join the Conservative party as a senior adviser on the environment to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Several sources told the magazine that the discussions were the first step in...

Another threat diverts flight

Jun 29, 2015 / 8:01 pm

WestJet says six passengers sustained injuries during an emergency evacuation when one of its flights was diverted to Winnipeg on Monday night due to what the company has only termed "a threat." The company said all 54 passengers and five crew on Flight WS422 from Edmonton to Toronto...
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