The source of a loud bang followed by shaking in northeast B.C., that caused confusion for residents, was likely a meteor shooting through the sky, says a B.C. Shaking was felt in Charlie Lake and a loud noise was heard by some residents of Fort St. John. 'Sonic boom'Brad Pippolo was in his home between Charlie Lake and Fort St. John when he heard the noise. It sounded like an explosion to me, and a few, maybe two or three seconds later, she heard it in Fort St. "A couple hours later, Fort St. John social media blew up with noises and explosions and I thought, 'Oh, that's probably what it was.'"
October 20, 2017 01:50 UTC
A firefighter was whisked to the hospital in critical condition after crews brought down a five-alarm blaze at a Humber Bay condo unit Thursday night, paramedics said. Flames started spreading through the three-storey building at 2067 Waterfront Dr., near Lake Shore Blvd. Although crews brought the fire under control, paramedics at the scene did CPR on the firefighter, a district chief. Speaking outside St. Joseph’s Health Centre, Toronto Fire Chief Matthew Pegg said the situation was “about the worst-case scenario for any fire chief” but he was proud of how his team responded. “The crews did a magnificent job fighting this fire.”
October 20, 2017 01:41 UTC
An Ontario man who owned an armoured vehicle company in Virginia has been convicted for his role in a scheme to provide the U.S. with shoddy equipment for use in Iraq. Armet had contracts worth US$6.4 million to provide the U.S. Department of Defense with 32 armoured vehicles. The contracts had specific requirements for the vehicles, including that each be reinforced to a standard at which an armour-piercing bullet could not penetrate the passenger compartment and ceiling. Prosecutors and the U.S. government alleged that Whyte knew about the defects in the armoured vehicles and in some cases, had authorized them. The armoured vehicles provided adequate protection, he added.
October 20, 2017 01:07 UTC
Retired senator Michael Pitfield, a longtime confidant of former prime minister Pierre Trudeau and a man who wielded enormous political influence, died Thursday after a decades-long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. Pitfield joined the public service in 1959 as an administrative assistant to Davie Fulton, a justice minister in the Diefenbaker government. He was appointed to the Senate by Trudeau in 1982 to represent Ottawa-Vanier. President of the small-l liberal think-tank Canada 2020, Pitfield is married to Anna Gainey, president of the Liberal Party of Canada. Gainey said the Senate was where Pitfield was “comfortable intellectually, and in his element.
October 20, 2017 00:57 UTC
The results of the Motherisk hair tests appeared to show that Whiteman was a chronic alcohol abuser. Questions about the science of hair testing began after serious shortcomings were found at the Motherisk lab at the Hospital for Sick Children. motherBy 2009, more than 10,000 hair tests had been done in the Motherisk lab for parents in Ontario and B.C. The Ontario government appointed retired justice Susan Lang to investigate Motherisk's hair test lab’s procedures and protocols. Lang said the faulty Motherisk testing is a "tragedy" for everyone involved.
October 20, 2017 00:56 UTC
The number of hospital beds occupied by patients who don’t need to be there and are waiting to receive health care elsewhere could fill 10 large hospitals, according to an annual report by the agency that monitors the performance of Ontario’s health system. It reveals that in 2015-16, an average of 3,961 Ontario hospital beds per day were occupied by patients, most of them elderly, waiting for long-term care, rehabilitation or home care. The proportion of inpatient days which hospital beds were occupied by these patients rose to 13.9 per cent that year, up from 13.7 per cent from the previous year. That equates to an increase of 25,000 in the number of days that hospital beds were occupied by patients who did not need to be there. The report shows that patients spent on average 90 minutes longer in the ER this past year before being admitted to inpatient beds.
October 20, 2017 00:45 UTC
Miller, the former deputy chief of staff to McGuinty, and her boss, David Livingston, the former chief of staff, are now on trial for the alleged destruction of data relating to the gas plants scandal. The Miller emails are part of an 180-page volume of documents that were made an exhibit at the trial Thursday and released to the public. Livingston and Miller are pleading not guilty to three charges each relating to their alleged improper data destruction. Wai had no clue what the “project” was about and asked to be enlightened; Livingston replied, “Good by me. Only three mainstream outlets, not including the CBC — which covered the Duffy trial wall-to-wall — are at this trial.
October 20, 2017 00:44 UTC
Of the 10,790 asylum claims received from March to September of this year, the refugee board has processed 592, or 5.4 per cent. Of those claims 69 per cent, or 408 cases, were granted asylum, while 141 were rejected. The data was released this week by the Immigration and Refugee Board. “The numbers show that the majority of the so-called border-crossers have genuine asylum claims. On Wednesday the board took the unusual step of publicizing the processing data of the “irregular” border claims.
October 20, 2017 00:22 UTC
The NBA, trying to speed up the game and allow for more drama at game’s end, has cut timeouts in the final two minutes from three to two. “It speeds up the game, you have to be judicious with your timeouts toward the end of the game. Timeouts at almost every stoppage in play gave some games the flow of sludge. And if it makes for more enjoyable finishes to games, coaches who are fans will be all right with it. I want there to be less timeouts and for the games to go a little bit quicker, particularly at the end.
October 20, 2017 00:00 UTC
Araiz Arriola, a popular running blogger from Mexico City, has just arrived in Toronto to run the marathon here for the first time. Arriola ran the Chicago marathon earlier this month and, once she was in the city, which has a large Mexican community and has long been a favourite destination marathon, she felt welcome. A big city marathon isn’t just a 42.2-kilometre run; it’s an event to build a vacation around, similar to Caribana or Pride. “This year is really our effort to tell Mexican runners what Toronto is all about,” says Brookes, race director for the Canada Running Series. The charity challenge is another appeal of the Toronto race for Arriola and Corach, who have been raising funds for building reconstruction after the devastating earthquake in Mexico City last month.
October 19, 2017 23:48 UTC
MONTREAL — With blanket media coverage and awards shows aplenty, Quebec has long raised its homegrown show-business stars onto a pedestal. The education minister, Sebastien Proulx, said the best way to prevent sexual harassment and sexual assault is through eduction and he vowed to introduce mandatory sex-ed classes, starting in elementary school. In both the Salvail and Rozon cases, industry insiders now say their alleged misconduct was an open secret. “In the Quebec show-business world, everyone knew that Gilbert Rozon had these sorts of practices,” the journalist and author Denise Bombardier told Le Parisien. Cogeco Média announced that the popular Quebec City radio host Gilles Parent has been taken off the air until further notice after the Journal de Québec reported allegations of sexual harassment brought forward by four female co-workers.
October 19, 2017 23:48 UTC
OTTAWA — Travellers who are prescribed marijuana for medical reasons have fewer hurdles to clear at airport screening points due to a change in policy by the agency responsible for security. The Canadian Air Transportation Security Authority confirmed on Thursday that its airport screeners are no longer calling police when a passenger presents a prescription and is carrying 150 grams or less. “We decided to change that policy because of the exponential growth in the number of passengers travelling legitimately with medical marijuana,” said Mathieu Larocque, a spokesman for CATSA. Previously CATSA screeners would call police when they found marijuana, even if a passenger had a prescription from a doctor. The primary role of screening officers is to look for security threats to aircraft and not to watch for drugs, Larocque pointed out.
October 19, 2017 23:40 UTC
Toronto will host the 2018 North American, Central American and Caribbean championships next August in a three-day event billed as Track & Field in the 6ix. It has been difficult to maintain Canadian interest in track and field in the past but Olympic athletes are hopeful that it will work this time. De Grasse thinks Toronto, which rallies behind professional teams, is ready to embrace the sport of track and field and the chance to watch it live. Things went badly off script at this summer’s world championships in London where the Canadian team, decimated by injury and illness, came away without a single medal. “Track & Field in the 6ix will be a pillar for what we hope are many more events like this in Toronto,” Gentes said.
October 19, 2017 23:37 UTC
OTTAWA — Donald Savoie, the eminent governance expert, once called the House of Commons’ Board of Internal Economy “the most secretive committee that has ever existed — secretive even to its own MPs.”No longer. Perhaps its members would have unique initiations rites and rituals — funny handshakes like the Freemasons or self-flagellation like Opus Dei. Much of the meeting was taken up with a discussion of the House of Commons’ financial statements for the year. In fact the House spent an extra $33 million in the year ended March 31, taking total expenses to $545.7 million. His explanation that this was caused by the addition of 30 new MPs was accepted with equanimity by the board members.
October 19, 2017 23:15 UTC
The Astros have to win Verlander’s ninth game — or their season will end short of that goal. HOUSTON—Justin Verlander agreed to that last-minute trade to the Houston Astros with hopes of another World Series, and has since won all eight games he has pitched. The Astros were still in the National League for their only World Series appearance 12 years ago. Verlander in Game 2 threw 124 pitches, exactly twice as many as Luis Severino did for the Yankees. Now he gets a chance to pitch the Yankees into the World Series.
October 19, 2017 23:03 UTC