January 23rd, 2018

National News

Downpour drenches Atlantic Canada, leading to flooding, power outages

By Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press on January 13th, 2018

HALIFAX – Much of Atlantic Canada is being pummelled with heavy winds and a downpour on Saturday, causing extensive flooding and leaving thousands of Maritimers without power. Environment Canada said a low-pressure system will slowly track across the East Coast today, drenching the region in heavy rains. In southern New Brunswick, total rainfall amounts had ... Read More »

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Swiss law that prohibits boiling live lobsters raises eyebrows in Quebec

By Caroline St-Pierre, The Canadian Press on January 13th, 2018

MONTREAL – A new Swiss law that bans the practice of boiling lobsters alive is eliciting more smiles than concern on this side of the Atlantic. The rules, which come into effect in March, stipulate the lobsters must be stunned before being killed, either by using electricity or the “mechanical destruction” of the brain. The ... Read More »

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Government moves endangered caribou off island where they were hunted by wolves

By Liam Casey and Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press on January 13th, 2018

The Ontario government has launched an operation to relocate an endangered herd of caribou off the remote island on which they have been systematically hunted down by recently arrived wolves. The operation, which began on Saturday and is described by government officials as a “delicate dance”, involves rounding up the remaining caribou off Michipicoten Island ... Read More »

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Government launches operation to move endangered caribou herd off wolf-laden island

By Liam Casey and Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press on January 13th, 2018

The Ontario government has launched an operation to relocate an endangered herd of caribou off the remote island on which they have been systematically hunted down by recently arrived wolves. The operation, which began on Saturday and is described by government officials as a “delicate dance”, involves rounding up the remaining caribou off Michipicoten Island ... Read More »

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Five more dogs test positive for strain of canine influenza in Ontario

By The Canadian Press on January 13th, 2018

WINDSOR, Ont. – Health officials say five more dogs have tested positive for a strain of canine influenza in southwestern Ontario, bringing the total number of infected up to seven in what they’re calling the virus’s first known incursion into the country. The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit says the two dogs that initially tested positive ... Read More »

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Rains drench Atlantic Canada, leading to flooding, outages and homes evacuated

By The Canadian Press on January 13th, 2018

HALIFAX – Much of Atlantic Canada is being pummelled with heavy winds and a downpour on Saturday, leaving more than 20,000 Maritimers without power and leading some people in southwest New Brunswick to evacuate their homes. Environment Canada says a low-pressure system will slowly track across the East Coast today, bringing up to 50 millimetres ... Read More »

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‘Great annual snapshot:’ Bird numbers down in Waterton bird count after wildfire

By The Canadian Press on January 13th, 2018

WATERTON, Alta. – A Parks Canada official says a powerful wildfire that shut down Waterton Lakes National Park late last summer will inevitably change the species of birds in the area. The blaze began from a lightning strike in British Columbia but eventually shut down the park in the deep corner of southwest Alberta for ... Read More »

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Paper ballots protect against hacks, but other election cyberthreats loom

By Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press on January 13th, 2018

OTTAWA – As the potential for cyberattacks to undermine the democratic process becomes alarmingly clear, Canadians can take some comfort in the fact that national elections in this country are still conducted the old-fashioned way. Canada is not immune to cybermischief aimed at suppressing the number of people who vote or manipulating how they vote. ... Read More »

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Potentially huge losses from future earthquakes in Eastern Canada: study

By Peter Rakobowchuk, The Canadian Press on January 13th, 2018

MONTREAL – While people in British Columbia are mindful of the fact they could eventually face some of the strongest earthquakes in the world, at least one study warns there’s a lack of awareness of the risk in Eastern Canada. One report released last summer predicts Montrealers could suffer $45 billion in economic losses if ... Read More »

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No winning ticket for Friday night’s $10 million Lotto Max jackpot

By The Canadian Press on January 13th, 2018

TORONTO – No winning ticket was sold for the $10 million jackpot in Friday night’s Lotto Max draw. That means the jackpot for the next draw on Jan. 19 will be approximately $15 million... Read More »

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Saturday marks Day 3 of jury deliberations at Lac-Megantic trial

By The Canadian Press on January 13th, 2018

SHERBROOKE, Que. – Jury deliberations at the trial of three men charged with criminal negligence causing death in the Lac-Megantic railway disaster will enter their third day today. Day 2 of deliberations passed on Friday without any questions or messages from the 12 jurors. The jury is deciding the fate of Tom Harding, Richard Labrie ... Read More »

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