BERLIN — Austrian police say an avalanche has buried several people in Austria near the German border on Saturday afternoon and a rescue mission is underway. The avalanche hit a forest region off-slope in Reutte near the German border and buried the people, but it wasn’t clear how many, said police spokesman Julian Brunner. “Several helicopters are part of the rescue operation,” Brunner said. German public broadcaster BR reported that several roads leading to the site were blocked off by the avalanche and emergency staff was flown in with helicopters. Firefighters, police and search dogs were also on the scene, looking for people buried in the snow.
February 23, 2019 16:12 UTC
Some soldiers who took the drug mefloquine complain it caused long-term brain damage and lasting side-effects, including night terrors, mood swings, panic attacks, hallucinations and suicidal thoughts. Two law firms, which represent military veterans planning to launch legal action against the government, estimate that thousands of Canadian soldiers may be eligible for compensation. Canadian veteran John Dowe is the head of the Canadian chapter of the International Mefloquine Veterans' Alliance. (John Dowe) Dowe is convinced the drug played a role in the killing of Shidane Arone, a teenage boy who was beaten to death by a group of Canadian soldiers who were taking the drug. "The lawsuit deals with the human rights violations and the negligence for the way the drug was dispensed without proper medical screening," Dowe said.
February 23, 2019 12:56 UTC
Laval police are asking for the public's help to find 17-year-old Kelly Martin Nolet. The teenager left home to go to work on Thursday, but never showed up. Police believe she could be in Laval, Montreal or even outside the province. She stands 5-2" and weighs 120 pounds. Anyone with information on Kelly's whereabouts is asked to contact police at 450-662-4636 or by dialling 911, and mentioning file number LVL 190222-005.
February 23, 2019 12:44 UTC
HALIFAX—Mourners will descend upon a large Halifax hall today for the funeral of seven children who died in a fast-moving house fire. The service for the Barho children will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Cunard Centre on the city’s waterfront. Members of the Barho family are shown upon arrival in Canada on Sept. 29, 2017 at the Halifax airport. The Quartz Drive house fire killed all of the Barho children: Ahmad, 14; Rola, 12; Mohamad, 9; Ola, 8; Hala, 3; Rana, 2 and Abdullah, who was born in Canada on Nov. 9. The Barho family lived in Elmsdale, a 30-minute drive north of Halifax, when they first arrived in Nova Scotia and were embraced by residents there.
February 23, 2019 12:33 UTC
The developer is bringing a little extra loving to the intersection with their newest condominium site, XO Condos. For Brown, it’s a natural extension of Lifetime’s previous commercial, office and condo developments within nearby Liberty Village, including the Liberty Market Lofts residential building. “It reminds me of where Liberty Village was in 2004 when we acquired our first property there,” he adds. “It’s going to be a great amenity to the building, and it’s a great amenity to the neighbourhood,” Brown says. To register for XO Condos, call 416-901-9699or visit xocondos.com.
February 23, 2019 12:22 UTC
“I only like wood floors in kitchens,” says Ridder. Of course, there are many who have tile or stone kitchen floors (like me! D.C. architect Donald Lococo of Donald Lococo Architects says the preference for wood kitchen floors is also due in part to today’s more open house plans. “Hardwood floors, while often more expensive to install, have lasting power and in the long run will be a better return on your investment.”Some may shy away from using wood flooring in their kitchens because of the required long-term maintenance of wood flooring or the worry of having wood floors near so much water. “My clients often blame their pets for scratches on their wood floors, but it’s people who do more damage.” The biggest culprit: dirt and pebbles that get caught in shoes and then get dragged over the wood.
February 23, 2019 12:00 UTC
Here, Ross Marsden pays tribute to the big black oak growing on the corner of his Etobicoke property. Ross Marsden says the black oak provides a magnificent canopy over a large portion of his property and enhances the view from all perspectives. ( Ross Marsden ) A small portion of the Marsdens' beloved garden circles the base of the black oak, the tree's branches offering ideal protection. ( Ross Marsden )Our 20-year association has been a long one for me, but relatively short in the overall scheme of things. My friend is a black oak — a large one, with a diameter approaching 1.5 metres (5 feet).
February 23, 2019 12:00 UTC
The federal fisheries minister says the anticipated increase in tanker traffic should cabinet approve the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline will have little impact on the endangered southern resident killer whales in the waters off B.C. So irrespective of whether Trans Mountain proceeds there's a need for us to actually address issues around marine traffic." The National Energy Board on Friday confirmed its original decision that the controversial expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline is in the national interest and should be approved. She argues that the government has shown again that Trans Mountain takes precedence over the killer whales and the marine environment. The Georgia Strait Alliance was one of the interveners in the marine protections element of the Trans Mountain expansion.
February 23, 2019 10:52 UTC
VATICAN CITY — A prominent Nigerian nun blasted the culture of silence that has long kept clergy sexual abuse hidden in the Catholic Church, telling a Vatican summit Saturday that transparency and an admission of mistakes were needed to restore trust. “How could the clerical church have kept silent, covering these atrocities?” she asked. Saturday was dedicated to issues of transparency and breaking the code of silence that kept abuse hidden for so long. Openibo also praised “Brother Francis” for his honesty in admitting he had erred in an abuse coverup case in Chile last year. “I think that this is a time to reflect, to find more awareness on the gravity of minors’ abuse,” he said.
February 23, 2019 09:41 UTC
Duelling concerts and rolling convoysBritish entrepreneur Richard Branson added a musical soundtrack to the drama unfolding near Cucuta when he announced that he would sponsor a "Venezuela Live Aid" concert on the Colombian side of the border. The concert kicked off yesterday in the presence of Colombia's President Ivan Duque and his counterparts from Chile and Paraguay. The opposition says it could use any of the four bridges in the area, or any number of other informal crossings, to get aid across to Venezuela. Venezuela's military is fractured and on-edge, under intense pressure from most Venezuelans to let aid in, and under equally intense pressure from the Maduro government to block it all costs. And so begins a momentous day for the future of Venezuela — one with a high potential for violence.
The Department of Finance didn't inform the Canadian International Trade Tribunal investigating the merits of its emergency safeguards on foreign steel when it quietly signed an agreement to allow more Mexican steel to enter Canada without paying the surtax. A memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed on Jan.16 set new quotas for energy tubular products (such as those used to build pipelines) and wire rod imports from Mexico only. Between Jan. 7 and 24, the trade tribunal was holding hearings to gather evidence for an eventual recommendation to the minister on whether to continue with emergency safeguards on steel, which otherwise expire after 200 days. Mexico strongly objected to surtaxLast fall, emergency safeguards were imposed on seven specific kinds of foreign steel using an emergency tool the finance minister had never deployed before. Emergency safeguards to prevent the dumping of cheap foreign steel were part of their strategy.
Since then, though, NDP support in Quebec has slowly frittered away. It is fitting, then, that the Orange Wave's last stand seems to have begun with a byelection Monday in the riding where it all started: Outremont. "In this byelection the NDP is actually the underdog," said Karl Bélanger, a former NDP strategist who worked closely with Layton and Mulcair. Several recent polls suggest Liberal support has suffered in the wake of the scandal, and they are now in a dead heat nationally with the Conservatives. With candidates for both parties indicating the environment is a major concern of voters, the Outremont byelection is providing a test of their progressive bona fides.
For the first time in its history, the festival has cleared the way for a transgender group of sadhus (saints) to participate. (photo: Murali Krishnan)The 2011 census (India's most recent) was the first to count transgender people, finding a total of 487,803. (photo: Murali Krishnan)The Kumbh Mela is expected to attract more than 100 million pilgrims by the time it's over. While the transgender community has made a splash at this festival, the wider question remains whether India at large will fully recognize their social identity. The Kumbh Mela ends March 4.
Teaching assistants, research assistants and some instructors at Carleton University have had their health benefits suspended. In an email to its members, the union said the affected benefits include dental, vision, physiotherapy, chiropractic care, child care and University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) reimbursements for international students. We pay our fees every year for our union to get health and benefits, and to cut it suddenly in a semester is just awful. - Abigail Curlew, doctoral student and TA"The immediate sense that I had was a sense of complete betrayal from the senior administration of Carleton University," she said. Making trade-offsPetite said only CUPE 4600 Green Shield benefits are affected.
Before Jody Wilson-Raybould could state her case to her ex-cabinet colleagues on Tuesday, she first had to make her case directly to the prime minister. She wanted to explain her side of the SNC-Lavalin affair to the inner circle she had quit on February 12. The first is the meeting with the prime minister," Wernick told MPs on the justice committee Thursday. When Wilson-Raybould asked Trudeau about SNC-Lavalin, Wernick said, the PM assured his then-attorney general that any decision was hers to make. Many senior Liberals feel Wernick did a good job of defending the government's conduct in the SNC-Lavalin controversy.