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Halifax urging residents to stay home for next 24 to 36 hours

Municipal officials in Halifax are urging people to stay home over the next 24 to 36 hours if they're able, to help facilitate the cleanup of dangerously icy roads and flooded streets after the city was hit with snow and then rain on Sunday. The storm was followed by rapidly-dropping temperatures, the combination of which has led the slush to harden, resulting in very slick streets.  Monday ....

Camille-Marcoux ferry carrying 230 passengers freed from ice in Quebec

An icebound ferry near Matane, Quebec, was freed Sunday after being trapped for hours several kilometres from the coast.  The Camille-Marcoux ferry, which runs between Matane and Baie-Comeau, got stuck in the ice twice this weekend. At 3 p.m. ET Sunday the ferry became trapped and the icebreaker Terry Fox was sent to help free it. The 230 people on board had to wait until the ship resumed i ....

Transportation Safety Board probes CN derailment

The Transportation Safety Board and environment officials were investigating Sunday at the scene of a derailment of a Canadian National Railway train near Gogama, in Northern Ontario. Seven rail cars caught fire when a train carrying crude oil derailed late on Saturday night, CN said on Sunday. 35 CN train cars derail near Raymore, Sask. The train, heading to eastern Cana ....

CP Rail employees on strike to be ordered back to work

The federal government will introduce legislation to end a strike by more than 3,000 Canadian Pacific Railway employees under the Teamsters union. A government source told The Canadian Press the legislation will be tabled Monday morning. A notice to allow for introduction of the bill was placed on the Commons order paper late Friday afternoon. The strike against CP Rail began after contract ....

Mark Stroz, 29, dies after being found in the cold

A 29-year-old Toronto man died after being found in the freezing cold outside his Allanhurst Drive home in the Royal York Road and Eglinton Avenue West area on Sunday morning. Paramedics say they were called to the scene at 7:10 a.m., after a neighbour found the man. The man, who used a wheelchair, had no vital signs and a very low core temperature when found. He was taken to hospital, ....

Canadians race to best-ever finish in world cup biathlon relay

Canada's men's biathlon team finished just shy of the podium in posting a best-ever fifth-place finish in a world cup in Oslo, Norway on Sunday. Calgary brothers Christian and Scott Gow and Nathan Smith, also of Calgary, led the charge in the 4x7.5-kilometre relay before handing off to Brendan Green, of Hay River, N.W.T., who brought the Canadians home in a time of one hour 17 minutes 52.4 ....

Halifax Curling Club suffers partial roof collapse due to snow

The roof at the Halifax Curling Club has collapsed due to the weight of the snowfall in Halifax, according to Halifax Regional Police. The building was vacant at the time. Lee Kempster lives in the neighbourhood and made the 911 call after he heard the roof collapse and saw debris flying through the air. He then put on his tennis shoes and ran to the club to see if anyone was in there. ....

Canada's Maple Leaf flag turns 50, middle age still gives off a nice red glow

Clara Hughes was nervous. The five-time Olympic medallist was just about to carry the Canadian Maple Leaf flag into the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. But the speedskater and cyclist — who would go on to win her sixth Olympic medal at those games — wasn't quite sure what to do. "I didn't want to drop t ....

Luka Magnotta's $376K repatriation supported by top government officials

The big-ticket military mission to fetch fugitive Luka Rocco Magnotta from Germany in 2012 was ordered by a senior Conservative cabinet minister who considered it a matter of "national interest," The Canadian Press has learned. In June 2012, the Air Force made a $376,218 decision to dispatch one of its largest aircraft to collect the accused killer in Berlin, where loca ....

Montreal-bound Air Canada Flight 408 diverts to CFB Trenton

A Montreal-bound Air Canada flight was forced to land at CFB Trenton on Sunday afternoon, after a galley oven apparently overheated. Air Canada Flight 408 left Toronto Pearson International Airport on Sunday morning. The Airbus A320 had 119 passengers and five crew on board. It landed safely at CFB Trenton in eastern Ontario around 1 p.m. ET. Air Canada s ....

Target Canada still suffers from inventory problems

Target is a retailer that expanded into Canada from the US. Although some media reports suggest that the retailer is doing better, it seems that Target Canada still suffers from widespread gaps in its inventory for shoppers. This causes problems of basic convenience for Canadian shoppers who are seeking headache-free shopping. The photos which accompany this article were taken within 10 minutes of ....

Law Society publishes guide to legal information and services

(NC) -- Why would an organization that regulates lawyers and paralegals hand out a guide to free legal information and services? Thomas G. Conway, head of The Law Society of Upper Canada, answers this and other questions in the following Q & A: Why did the Law Society produce the guide Handling Everyday Legal Problems? “People's legal needs are changing. Thirty years ago, if you had a ....

Home ownership is now easier for newcomers

(NC) -- Buying your first home in Canada can be a challenging experience – and for newcomers, who may not understand the mortgage process, it can be even more so. Many immigrants express that they don't understand the nuances, and others have certain preconceived notions that don't always hold true, like requiring a credit history to obtain a mortgage. According to a recent poll from the R ....

Ottawa settles almost $5M in B.C. land claims

(NC) -- The federal government has settled five long-standing land claims with First Nations communities in B.C. The Kitselas First Nation, located near Terrace, accepted $566,390 in compensation over a dispute involving the size of reserve dating back to 1901. The Mount Currie Indian Band, located eight kilometres east of Pemberton, received $54,860 in compensation for grievances relating ....

Workers may be exposed to toxic metals in shop towels

(NC) -- A peer-reviewed study conducted by Gradient, a nationally recognized environmental and risk sciences firm, shows that U.S. and Canadian manufacturing workers who use laundered shop towels may be exposed to lead and other metals. The study, published online in the October issue of Human and Ecological Risk Assessment, estimated worker exposure to 28 different metals, including ....

Eye Specialists Say They're Out of Work

Did you know that a substantial number of eye surgeons are unable to find work in their chosen field, despite the many patients who need their services? The wait lists for eye surgery – along with all the problems that result from poor vision like increased incidences of hip fractures, depression, and early nursing home admissions – are a serious concern, say observers in this field, add ....

Prevent Extinction: Let's Save Pollinator Bees

(NC) -- Most of us are aware of the decline in bee populations around the world – but according to Wildlife Preservation Canada, did you know that bees pollinate more than 80 per cent of our flowering plants, fruits and vegetables? It is the bee that makes possible much of the food we eat. Bee-saving initiatives are underway however, including a major project to open the first- ever 'bee h ....

Do you know an amazing Ontario champion for women?

(NC) --  Since 1979, Governors General of Canada have recognized outstanding individuals from every region of Canada for their courage, integrity and hard work in creating lasting, positive change for Canadian women, their families and their communities. One of the 2013 recipients of the Governor General's Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case was Constance Backhouse, a Law Profess ....