Ontario to experience extreme heat: Weather warning issued

By: 600011 On: Jun 17, 2024, 2:31 PM

 

Meteorologists have warned that much of Ontario, including the Greater Toronto Area, will experience extreme heat as temperatures rise. The public has been warned that there will be a heat wave from Monday and to be cautious. The warning says dangerously hot and humid conditions are expected throughout the week. It also worsens air quality, it warns.

Daytime highs will be around 30 to 35 degrees Celsius. Depending on the humidity, it could feel between 40 and 45 degrees. Night temperature will be between 20 to 23 degrees Celsius. The warning applies to communities such as Windsor, London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Peterborough, Kingston, Cornwall, Barrie, Huntsville, Algonquin Park, Sudbury, Timmins, Cochrane, Moosonee and Fort Severn.

Repairs not completed; Water restrictions in Calgary could last up to five weeks

By: 600011 On: Jun 15, 2024, 5:09 PM

 

Mayor Jyoti Gondek announced that Calgary will need to continue water restrictions as work continues to repair a broken water supply pipe. Repairs will not be completed soon as faults are found in more places. Therefore, the mayor clarified that the water restrictions will remain in place for up to five weeks. The city is experiencing severe water shortage after the main transmission pipeline that brings water to the city broke.

The fault has been found in five places and repairs are in progress. The mayor announced that although water consumption was down slightly from last week, restrictions were necessary. It was also suggested that water consumption should continue to be reduced until the line is fully operational. Gondek said quality testing will also be done continuously to ensure the quality of drinking water.

Germany-Scotland super fight today in the Euro Cup

By: 600011 On: Jun 14, 2024, 4:20 PM

 

Munich: Germany will face Scotland today in the opening match of the Euro Cup. The game will start at 12:30 PM at Allianz Arena, Bayern Munich's home ground. The match can be watched live in India on Sony Sports Network and live streaming on the Sony Live app. The German line-up knows every grain of sand and blade of grass at the Allianz Arena. Although they are much ahead of Scotland in terms of strength and numbers, Germany will not lack any strength when it comes to the opening match.


German players and fans alike have fond memories of hitting the first hurdle at major tournaments. Scotland are eyeing the knockouts for the first time as Germany look to shake off their woes under Julian Nagelsmann, the tournament's youngest coach.

Bear attack; Warning to visitors, the Waterton Lakes National Park trail and campground are closed

By: 600011 On: Jun 13, 2024, 2:20 PM

 

 

Parks Canada has announced the closure of trails and campgrounds in Waterton Lakes National Park after a bear attacked two visitors. The bear attacked two people who were traveling from Crandall Lake to Ruby Ridge at around 2 pm on Tuesday. Both were injured in the attack.

Parks Canada said they used bear spray to escape the bear. Both of them are not seriously injured. Parks officials have launched an investigation into the incident. Following the attack, Parks Canada said all areas near Crandall Lake are closed and visitors are not allowed until further notice.

Difficulty finding work; Toronto has Canada's highest unemployment rate

By: 600011 On: Jun 13, 2024, 2:16 PM

 

Statistics Canada's labor force data report that Toronto has the highest unemployment rate in Canada. Statistics Canada released the figures for April-May 2024. According to the report, 317,200 people are unemployed in Toronto. Toronto has an unemployment rate of 7.9 percent. This is the highest rate in the country.

Canada's unemployment rate jumped to 1.9 percent in May from 0.2 percent in April. More than 83,800 people are unemployed in the country every year.

After Toronto, Windsor (8.5 percent) and Calgary (8.1 percent) also have high unemployment.

Apple on top of the world again; Behind this giant

By: 600011 On: Jun 13, 2024, 2:12 PM

 

Apple overtakes Microsoft as the world's most valuable company. Shares of Apple rose 2 percent to $211.75, giving Apple a market value of $3.25 trillion. Microsoft's market cap is $3.24 trillion. This is the first time in five months that Apple has overtaken Microsoft.

Fire risk: Kia recalls more than 20,000 Telluride SUVs in Canada

By: 600011 On: Jun 11, 2024, 1:12 PM

 

Kia is recalling more than 20,000 Telluride SUVs in Canada over a potential fire hazard caused by a faulty front seat adjustment knob. The recalls include 20,563 Telluride models from 2020 to 2024. About 462,869 vehicles have been recalled in the United States.

Seat adjustment knobs can get stuck and the front power seat motor can overheat. The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says this increases the risk of a fire while parked or driving. A Kia spokesperson said extreme caution should be taken because of the risk of fire. The spokesman said it could take seven weeks or more to fix the problem.

From July 31, 2024, owners will be sent instructions via mail to take the vehicle to a Kia dealer, the spokesperson said. Kia issued a recall in the U.S. on June 7, but neither Kia nor Transport Canada has officially announced a recall in Canada.

Growing population: More office spaces are being converted into residential areas in Calgary

By: 600011 On: Jun 10, 2024, 1:23 PM

 

As the population increases, there is a need to ensure the availability of more housing. In this context, the conversion of office spaces into residential areas is on the rise in Canada. According to the Re/Max 2024 Commercial Real Estate Report, Calgary has the highest number of office conversion projects in the country in the downcore. More than 11,000 people are expected to arrive in the city by 2026. This will increase the demand for similar projects in the future. Built-in residence options for unused office space in the area include hotels and colleges.

Calgary saw a 23.2 per cent drop in office space in the first quarter of this year. The report states that this decline is the result of increased hybrid works apart from conversion projects.

Demand for retail space is also increasing due to the positive economic outlook currently favoring the commercial real estate market. In particular, demand for space for medical centers and health and wellness businesses is rising, according to the report.

Terrorism threat: Travel warning for Canadians heading to popular European destinations

By: 600011 On: Jun 8, 2024, 3:16 PM

 

The Canadian government has issued a travel warning for Canadian citizens traveling to certain European destinations this summer season. The federal government issued the warning based on the report that there is a high level of terrorist threat in Europe. Terrorists have attacked several European cities. The warning states that more attacks are currently possible elsewhere in Europe and attacks in Italy cannot be ruled out.

Government buildings, places of worship, airports, other transport hubs, tourist spots, restaurants, bars, markets and shopping centers are at high risk of attack and citizens are warned to be extra vigilant.

It is warned that travel to European countries should be done only after taking all possible precautions. The warning also adds that people should try to travel only based on the government's notifications. Those traveling to Spain, Germany and France have also been advised to be on high alert.

Canada rents at record high: report

By: 600011 On: Jun 8, 2024, 3:13 PM

 

Median rents across Canada hit a record high in May, according to reports. Rentals.ca and Urbanation report an all-time high of $2,202. The average monthly rent for all residential rentals increased by 9.3 percent year-on-year, the report said. According to Rentals.ca, this is the first time the average rent has topped $2,200.

Vancouver has the highest average rent in Canada at $3,008. Meanwhile, the monthly rent in Toronto is $2,784 and in Mississauga is $2,610. Rent in Burnaby, BC is $2,545. Rents in Vancouver and Toronto have declined slightly since May 2023, the report said.

Penalties for threatening government officials; Quebec Legislature approves new law

By: 600011 On: Jun 7, 2024, 5:37 PM

 

In Quebec, those who threaten or harass political activists or government officials will be fined up to $1,500. The Quebec legislature approved the new law. The new law was introduced in the context of the increasing number of resignations of elected officials, especially at the municipal level. The Coalition Avenir Quebec government approved the law, saying the law is needed to prevent violence and threats against politicians and government officials. But critics responded that the law threatened freedom of expression.

An organization representing Quebec municipalities reported that 74 percent of elected municipal workers had experienced harassment or intimidation. The government introduced the legislation after the release of a survey report indicating that 741 out of 8,000 people resigned after the province-wide elections in 2021.

In addition to fines, the law also allows for a restraining order in Superior Court against a citizen who threatens or harasses officers.

Car theft claims up 59 per cent in Calgary

By: 600011 On: Jun 6, 2024, 1:26 PM

 

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) reports an increase in auto theft claims in Calgary. Car theft claims in Calgary are projected to increase by 59 per cent from 2021 to 2023. IBC reports that it will rise from $20.8 million in 2021 to $33 million in 2023.

Alberta has seen a 55 percent increase in vehicle theft claims. Calgary ranks fourth in the province. Auto theft claims also increased in Medicine Hat (+72%), Edmonton (+66%), Fort McMurray (+60%) and Lethbridge (+30%).

The IBC reported that vehicle theft claims across Canada have risen 254 per cent over the past six years. Alberta ranks second in terms of the amount spent per claim on vehicle repairs and frequency of vehicle theft.

Regina Food Bank Launches Food Hub to Address Food Insecurity

By: 600011 On: Jun 4, 2024, 3:19 PM

 

The Regina Food Bank has launched a new food hub to help families facing food insecurity. The needy can pick up food products from the Food Hub as well as buy products from the grocery store. Located in the downtown area, the Food Hub will give families a choice of what they want. Must register and book an appointment before receiving food products.

John Bailey, CEO of the Regina Food Bank, said the new method means people will choose only what they need, so food will never go to waste. Last year there was a huge demand in the food bank. Food bank officials said that many families depended on the food bank for food.

Natural disaster risk: Alberta moves election date

By: 600011 On: Jun 3, 2024, 2:27 PM

 

Alberta moves spring election date to avoid natural disaster The provincial government has passed legislation in this regard. Accordingly, Alberta's fixed election date, which follows a similar format to municipal elections, was moved from the last Monday in May to the third Monday in October. Speaking about the date change, Premier Danielle Smith said in an interview with the media that dealing with natural disasters during elections is a challenge.

May is the time when wildfires spread. A number of activities will be carried out including evacuation of people, fire control activities and forest fire prevention measures. Smith indicated that holding an election at this time would be impractical and challenging.

Last month, Smith introduced the Emergency Statues Amendment Act 2024, Bill 21, in the Alberta legislature to help the province better respond to emergencies. The bill also includes several policy changes related to emergency situations. This will allow the province to quickly adopt local emergency response efforts that consider the circumstances.

Flag polling is restricted to 12 US-Canada border crossings

By: 600011 On: Jun 3, 2024, 1:49 PM

 

The Canada Border Services Agency has restricted flag polling at 12 US-Canada border crossings. Flagpoleing is when a non-Canadian with temporary status leaves Canada and re-enters within 24 hours of receiving one-day immigration services at the border. New regulations have been introduced for this. Flagpolling allows people to avoid the long waiting times associated with applying online. It is completely legal and can be done anywhere. But usually it is done at land border crossing.

Now, there are limits on where and when flagpolling is allowed. Starting May 30, the days and hours on which flagpoleing services are offered at 12 crossings across the country are being cut. CBSA said in a statement that the change is being made to increase efficiency during peak travel times, facilitate trade, and focus on priority passengers such as high-risk travelers and asylum seekers.

Lightning-caused fires are on the rise in Canada; Meteorologists say that half of the area may burn

By: 600011 On: Jun 2, 2024, 11:56 AM

 

Meteorologists have warned that fires caused by lightning may increase in forests in Canada. Experts say lightning-triggered fires will become more common and lead to larger wildfires as the climate warms. Mike Flanigan, a wildfire scientist at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, said lightning is the main cause of new fires in many areas. He says that half of the wildfires in Canada are caused by lightning and the other half are man-made. Meanwhile, man-made fires are reportedly on the decline in Canada.

As a result of fire caused by lightning, a very large area is burnt. Experts say that 90 percent of the total fires in the season are caused by lightning. All these fires become more intense and wildfires spread to more remote areas in extreme drought conditions.

Lightning struck 59 percent of Canada's wildfires during last year's record-breaking season. According to government figures, more than 93 percent of the area has been burnt.

Canada Revenue Agency discloses FHSA account holders' investments

By: 600011 On: Jun 2, 2024, 11:55 AM

 

The Canada Revenue Agency has revealed how much Canadian citizens looking to buy their first home in Canada were able to deposit in the first year of offering the First Home Savings Account. FHSA allows account holders to deposit up to $8,000 per year up to a maximum of $40,000. As long as the house is bought, the deposit is exempt from tax when it comes to the account and when it is withdrawn.

At the end of last year, 625,000 Canadians were FHSA account holders, according to agency figures. CRA data shows that about 272,000 Canadians have FHSA account balances between $5,001 and $10,000. The data also shows that about 66,000 FHSA holders have balances between $1,001 and $5,000.

A hot summer is coming; The drought will be severe; BC government has warned to be careful

By: 600011 On: Jun 1, 2024, 5:06 PM

 

 

The BC government has announced that the government is preparing to combat the heat wave, severe summer heat and drought that will start next week and the public should also cooperate with the government. At the panel event on Friday, Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henty et al talked about emergency management and climate preparedness. Extreme heat increases people's risk of illness. Henty said heat can cause a variety of health problems in people with weakened immune systems. She added that the elderly, people with diabetes, heart disease and respiratory diseases are also more affected by extreme heat. Health experts warned that they should be cautious and take all precautions.

Jewish school shooting in Toronto: Doug Ford says immigrants behind it

By: 600011 On: May 31, 2024, 1:53 PM

 

 

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has accused immigrants of being behind the weekend shooting at a Jewish school in Toronto. Doug Ford's disclosure comes after the police reported that they had not found any clear evidence about the accused. The shooting took place at Bais Chaya Mushka School for Girls on Finch Avenue West in Dufferin Street around 5 am on Saturday.

Doug Ford said the province will fight hard against such attacks that scare people. "Continued attacks on Jewish communities and anti-Semitism are unacceptable," he added.

Meanwhile, opposition parties have come forward to condemn Ford's remarks and demand an apology. NDP Leader Marit Stiles called Ford's comments racist.

financial literacy at the high school level; The Ontario government has introduced a new learning plan

By: 600011 On: May 31, 2024, 1:51 PM

 

The Ontario government will introduce financial literacy as part of the high school curriculum within the next two years. Also, the government says the scheme will help in getting more exposure to job opportunities in the financial sector.

Education Minister Stephena Leche said in an announcement to the Toronto Stock Exchange that students need to know about self-protection from financial fraud, budgeting, financial security while working, and how to spend money during retirement. Financial literacy and home economics will be part of a back-to-basics approach in the classroom, he said.

The new plan requires students to complete new financial literacy skills as part of their Grade 10 maths course from 2025. Education experts and financial literacy experts at TVO in partnership with TFO and EQAO will develop learning modules for the project, the government said.

Canada moves to raise voting age to 16

By: 600011 On: May 30, 2024, 2:02 PM

 

The Vote16 Summit was held on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday as part of a new push to lower the voting age in Canada. Efforts to raise the voting age to 16 have been underway for years. This year, the Young Politicians of Canada group took up the topic. The group advocates for more young Canadians between the ages of 14 and 24 to get involved in politics. Part of this is the demand to lower the voting age. Young Politicians of Canada also advocates that young people should have a say in decisions that affect the country's future.

Senator Marilou McPhedran introduced the bill before the Senate. The bill could come up for a second reading vote in the coming weeks. If passed, the national voting age would drop to 16.

Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador and Nicaragua have lowered the voting age to 16. In Canada, the federal voting age was 21 until the 1970s. It was later reduced to 18. NDP, Greens and Liberal MPs supported lowering the voting age to 16. But the government and the Conservatives ended earlier efforts.

Longest Ice Bath: Swiss Athlete Sets World Record in Calgary

By: 600011 On: May 25, 2024, 2:09 PM

 

Athlete Andre Belibi from Switzerland held the Guinness World Record for the longest ice bath in Calgary on Friday. During the mission at Stampede Park in conjunction with the Calgary Marathon Runners' Expo, Belibi filled a glass box with ice and submerged it for four hours and six minutes. He beat the previous record of four hours and two minutes. 

Belibi says he trained for more than two years to accomplish this feat. Breathing, meditation and relaxation are the main things to practice. He said that he is focused on creating history. Belibi's world record attempt to raise money for Autism Canada   Officials said evidence will be submitted to Guinness Book to confirm the record. They also informed that this process can sometimes take weeks to complete. 

Belibi was monitored by the EMS team throughout the world record attempt. Pads and sensors were attached to Belibi's body to monitor heart rate, body temperature and carbon dioxide levels.

Made in Canada vaccine plant not operational patient; The Trudeau government has yet to produce a vaccine

By: 600011 On: May 25, 2024, 2:05 PM

 

During the Covid-19 pandemic, Justin Trudeau announced that a vaccine plant would be built in Montreal for Canadian-made Covid shots by the end of 2020. But critics say that after four years, not a single usable vaccine has been produced from this plant. The publicly owned Biologics Manufacturing Center (BMC) was built on the site of a former animal vaccine plant owned by the National Research Council. The federal government has allocated about $130 million in funding for this. 

Although construction was completed in June 2021 and approved by Health Canada in compliance with regulations in July 2022, the Center was unable to produce a vaccine that would be useful to the public. Meanwhile, Novavax, the US firm expected to manufacture the shots at BMC, told the media that it was moving forward with efforts to find a Canadian-made vaccine despite the delay. Critics point to the fact that the BMC and NRC have told the media at various times that they would start production of the vaccine in 2021, 2022, and 2023, but none of this materialized.

Calgary and Edmonton to record population growth in 2023

By: 600011 On: May 24, 2024, 4:35 AM

 

Calgary has the highest population growth rate in Canada, surpassing Canada's largest cities. Statistics Canada reported that Calgary's population reached 1,682,509 as of July 1, 2023, with the addition of 1.6 million new people. Among Canada's six cities with a population of over 100,000, Calgary's growth rate is 5.9 percent. Following Calgary, all six cities experienced population growth, according to the report. Edmonton (4.1 per cent), Vancouver (4.1 per cent), Toronto (3.3 per cent), Montreal (2.9 per cent) and Ottawa (2.6 per cent) experienced population growth. 

Alberta saw population growth in four major cities: Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge and Red Deer. According to Statistics Canada report, population growth is due to interprovincial migration.

Actor told to hide age from passport when he turned 30: Jacqueline

By: 600011 On: May 23, 2024, 3:12 PM

 

Cannes: Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez arrived at the Cannes Film Festival. The revelations about Bollywood made by the actor there are now being discussed. Jacqueline Fernandez says that when she came to Bollywood, she was asked to hide her age, lie about her age and many people forced her to do plastic surgeries.

While talking to Brut, Jacqueline revealed that during her early days in Bollywood, she was asked to get a nose job. But he dismissed it as a crazy suggestion. I came here when the shape of my nose was like this. I didn't feel the need to change it - said Jacqueline Fernandez.

Actress Jacqueline Fernandez also shared that a senior in Bollywood advised her to focus only on "good looks". "Early on in my career, I used to go to the gym. I used to attend various classes there. I also took action classes. When I told this to an actor, he advised me to focus on good looks and that will do you good," says Jacqueline.

"I think that was one of the worst pieces of advice I ever got as someone trying to break into the film industry," Jacqueline added.

Jacqueline recalled that when she turned 30, an actor asked her to hide her age. Jacqueline said the person concerned asked her to hide her age in her passport. He said that age becomes a barrier to getting roles in films after a certain age.

Jacqueline made her Bollywood debut in 2009 with the film Aladdin. Sri Lankan Jacqueline has already acted in around 33 films in Bollywood.

Multiple restaurants closed: Red Lobster files for bankruptcy protection

By: 600011 On: May 22, 2024, 4:01 AM

 

US seafood and casual dining chain Red Lobster has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after closing several US restaurant locations. The company said it is working with vendors to ensure operations are not affected and has received $100 million in debt-in-possession from current lenders.

Red Lobster said it will use the process to narrow down locations and search for potential buyers. The Florida-based chain is filing for bankruptcy protection after closing dozens of U.S. restaurants last week.

Eight in 10 support abortion in Canada: Survey report

By: 600011 On: May 19, 2024, 9:08 AM

 

A Leger survey reports that eight in ten Canadians support a woman's right to an abortion. And two-thirds do not want terms used to limit the reasons for having an abortion. The Leger survey also found that support for the province's idea to ban discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity in schools has dropped significantly.

Between May 10 and 12, 1545 people participated in the survey. The survey found that 80 percent of Canadians supported a woman's right to an abortion. Of these, 63 percent are strongly supportive. 11 percent were opposed. Females outnumbered males (84 percent to 76 percent). Most Canadian citizens over the age of 55 are supported. The survey found that nearly half believe the abortion debate in America will affect Canada.

Salmonella bacteria presence: Frito Lay Canada recalls two snacks

By: 600011 On: May 16, 2024, 2:30 PM

 

Frito Lay Canada is recalling two popular snacks following warnings that they may contain salmonella bacteria. Sunchips Harvest Cheddar Flavored Multigrain Snacks and Munchies Original Snack Mix are being recalled. The action comes after it was discovered that an ingredient added to these snacks may contain salmonella bacteria.

Salmonella was not found in the food, but the recall is being done as a precaution, the company said. Purchasers of this product are advised to destroy or return it as soon as possible.

Famous Canadian author and Nobel laureate Alice Munro has passed away

By: 600011 On: May 15, 2024, 3:01 PM

 

Alice Munro (92), a famous Canadian writer and Nobel laureate, has passed away. He was living in a care home in Ontario. Alice Munro is a writer who surprised readers with her short stories.

Alice Munro introduced the world to the stories of ordinary people in Canada through her writings. He won the Man Booker Prize in 2009 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2013. First released Dance of the Happy Shades (1968), Lives of Girls and Women (1971), Who Do You Think UR (1978), The Moons of Jupiter (1982), Runaway (2004), The View from the Castle (2006) too Major works include Much Happiness (2009). Alice Munro is the 13th woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature.

May Long Weekend: Calgary CiTrain Service May Be Disrupted

By: 600011 On: May 14, 2024, 4:46 PM

 

Officials said some CiTrain services may experience disruptions during the May long weekend. Officials have warned users to expect disruptions in services. All downtown stations along Seventh Avenue and the Victoria Park/Stampede station will be closed from Saturday, May 18 through the early hours of Tuesday, May 21. Shuttle buses will be arranged for the passengers instead of the CiTrain service. Redline and Blueline services will also face disruption. Officials informed that services will be fully restored on May 21. Visit the Calgary Transit website for more information.

Also, pedestrians and vehicles will have to take detours for the next few months due to other redevelopment activities taking place in the area. The activities will start on May 13 and will continue till June. Commuters can visit CMLC's website for live traffic updates and pedestrian access updates.