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Modern Day Slaves Forced to Work in Ontario

BARRIE, Ont. — Police say they have freed 43 "modern day slaves" from Mexico who were allegedly forced to work as cleaners at a hotel and vacation properties in central and eastern Ontario. Officers with the Ontario Provincial Police and Barrie police began investigating the alleged scam last year, culminating in 12 search warrants that…

Calgary Zoo Aims to Save Endangered Species.

CALGARY — A narrow, snow−covered gravel road winds its way to a hidden gate that opens to a parcel of land on the southern tip of Calgary. But it’s not a typical ranch property. Behind large, wire fences live a Przewalski wild horse native to Mongolia, Vancouver Island marmots, burrowing owls, greater sage grouse and…

Russian Fighters in Arctic Spark Debate

Recent Russian moves in the Arctic have renewed debate over that country’s intentions and Canada’s own status at the top of the world. The newspaper Izvestia reported late last month that Russia’s military will resume fighter patrols to the North Pole for the first time in 30 years. The patrols will be in addition to…

Harsh Weather Challenging for Trains

CALGARY — A report by the railway company involved in this week’s deadly derailment in the Rocky Mountains details how challenging it is to run trains in frigid temperatures. "Harsh winter conditions are an inescapable reality in Canada’s northern climate," says a document titled White Paper: Railroading in the Canadian Winter on Canadian Pacific Railway’s…

Lockheed-Martin Awarded $60 Billion Design Contract for War Ship Fleet

HALIFAX — The federal government awarded U.S. defence giant Lockheed Martin a long−awaited contract to design its $60−billion fleet of warships despite lingering questions about the selection process and a legal challenge from a rival bidder. Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough announced the deal in Halifax early Friday, saying the Royal Canadian Navy’s 15 new warships…

Bone-Chilling Cold Smashes Cold Record

SASKATOON — Saskatchewan’s record−smashing cold has caught the attention of a senior climatologist at Environment Canada. David Phillips said it’s tough to break records when temperature statistics date back to the 1880s, but that’s exactly what happened in Saskatoon on Wednesday. The city shattered a 112−year−old cold mark when the temperature plummeted to −42.5 C.…

Armed Drones to Patrol Canadian Airspace in Future

OTTAWA — The Royal Canadian Air Force is hoping to pull the trigger on the purchase of new armed drones within six years after spending nearly two decades weighing different options. The Canadian Forces has been working since the early 2000s to identify and buy a fleet of UAVs that can conduct surveillance over Canada’s…

Monarch Population Growing But No Thanks to Canada

One of nature’s greatest migrations may be returning to health after a stunning growth in the number of monarch butterflies that fluttered across North America last year. But if populations of the striking black−and−orange aviators are starting to recover, it’s no thanks to Canada, said Carolyn Callaghan of the Canadian Wildlife Federation. "Canada, well, hmm.…

Victoria - Canada's Most Romantic City

VICTORIA — For the seventh straight year, Victoria has taken the top spot in Amazon Canada’s list of most romantic cities in the country. The list tabulates purchases of what Amazon Canada calls romance products, including romance novels, romantic comedies, relationship books, jewellery and sexual wellness products. Amazon says Victoria leads the list in all…

3 Crew Members Die in Train Derailment

FIELD, B.C. — Three crew members of a Canadian Pacific freight train have died in a derailment near the Alberta−British Columbia boundary. A spokeswoman with the railway said the crew members died when the westbound freight jumped the tracks at about 1 a.m. MT near Field, B.C. Salem Woodrow said in a statement Monday that…

Quebec Mayor Slams City Councillor's Statements on Islamophobia

GATINEAU, Que. — The mayor of Gatineau, Que., said he plans to request that a city councillor be stripped of some of her duties after she reportedly said the word "Islamophobia" doesn’t exist for her. Maxime Pedneaud−Jobin said in a statement late Friday that he’s distancing himself from Nathalie Lemieux and will ask city council…

Has PM Damaged Integrity of Immigration System?

SURREY, B.C. — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says the prime minister damaged the integrity of Canada’s immigration system when he tweeted two years ago that Canadians will welcome all those fleeing persecution, terror and war. "In terms of illegal immigration, we have seen this problem grow for the past few years. We all remember Justin…

Trudeau Promises to Stay Positive During Election

TORONTO — Justin Trudeau insists he’ll stay positive in the face of what he predicts will be a "negative, divisive" election year. Speaking at a Liberal fundraising breakfast at Toronto’s Fairmont Royal York hotel, the prime minister said he plans to focus on bringing people together. He says that while scaring and dividing people might…

Toronto Airport Poses Serious Crash Risk

TORONTO — Air safety authorities say the runway setup at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport poses a serious risk of crashes. The Transportation Safety Board says there were 27 runway incursions between June 2012 and November 2017. Incursions occur when an aircraft finds itself on the wrong runway. The board says the incursions all involved aircraft…

Dizzying Weather Extremes a New Fact of Life

As Ottawa limps across the finish line of its snowiest January on record, cherry blossoms are blooming at the legislature in coastal Victoria, B.C. Millions of Canadians were hiding out this week under extreme cold warnings stretching across the map, even as some East Coast cities enjoyed moderate temperatures. According to experts, these co−existing extremes…

Timeline of Toronto Serial Killer

TORONTO — A timeline of key events in the case of Toronto serial killer Bruce McArthur based on information released by police: September 2010 _ Skandaraj Navaratnam, 40, disappears from Toronto’s gay village. Dec. 29, 2010 _ Abdulbasir Faizi, 42, is reported missing to Peel Regional Police, west of Toronto. He was last seen in…

Heated Sidewalks in Canada? Why Not?

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — A winter−weary city councillor in St. John’s, N.L., is hoping to resurrect an idea that has been tried, tested and mostly abandoned in other Canadian cities: heated sidewalks. Sandy Hickman has asked city engineers to look at heating a small section of downtown sidewalk that’s already scheduled for repair work, as…

Some Indigenous Advocates Ambivalent on Land Acknowledgements

Canada’s growing embrace of Indigenous land acknowledgments appears to have left some First Nations advocates ambivalent about whether they are a form of reconciliation — or institutional hypocrisy. The remarks, recognizing the relationship between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territories, have become increasingly ubiquitous at the start of school days, conferences, ceremonies, and other events.…

Recovery Continues for Quebec City Muslims

QUEBEC — Almost two years after being hit by seven bullets in Quebec City’s biggest mosque, Aymen Derbali says the nightmares have finally stopped. The 42−year−old was one of more than 50 people attending evening prayers when a shooter opened fire on Jan 29, 2017, killing six people and wounding several others including Derbali. He…

A List of Those Killed and Injured in the Humboldt Broncos Bus Crash

A sentencing hearing is to begin Monday for the driver of a transport truck involved in a deadly crash with the Humboldt Broncos hockey team bus. Jaskirat Singh Sidhu has pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing bodily harm for killing 16 people and injuring 13 others on the Broncos bus…

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