Ottawa, Gatineau traffic updates for Jan. 19

I'm still getting loads of your traffic pet peeves, concerns and gripes. Zach has been carrying around a basket of them and here they are:Synchronization of street lights to improve flow during rush hours. The city isn't going to stop growing. The city isn't going to stop growing. The street lights at the end of almost every off-ramp come too quickly, causing traffic to back up to the highway with less than 50 cars ( Bronson , Parkdale , Metcalfe /Catherine).

January 19, 2017 11:28 UTC

Be prepared for serious snow in St. John's, Avalon area this weekend

There is a serious snowstorm headed for the St. John's area Friday and Saturday, with Environment Canada estimating between 20 and 30 centimetres of snow — and maybe even more. A winter storm watch has been issued for the Avalon Peninsula, as well as the Clarenville and Bonavista region, for the weekend. A map of where the winter storm watch has been issued for this weekend. "So you should be prepared for significant amounts and especially for the reduced visibility and blowing snow for most of the weekend," Clements told CBC's St. John's Morning Show. An Environment Canada storm watch issued Thursday morning said it's too early to estimate total snowfall amounts, and Clements added "these ones are hard to track."

January 19, 2017 11:13 UTC

Six designers to check out at the Interior Design Show

( sachaGRACE ) The Danish Cord Bench, featuring a hand-woven seat, Hamilton Holmes, $2,450. ( Hamilton Holmes ) BUOY Candle Holder, inspired by fishing buoys and made from mouth-blown glass, Khalil Jamal, $90. Whether you work in the design trade or are a design aficionado, IDS offers an opportunity to explore furniture and objects designed with the highest craftsmanship, and to celebrate local, independent design. The Penny accent table consists of copper fragments that seem to float atop this accent table made of 100 per cent pure Lucite on a satin chrome metal base. Hamilton Holmes Woodworking & Design

January 19, 2017 11:03 UTC

Austra steps into a perceived troubling future with new album, tour

But the books she read directly informed much of the subject matter in the 11 songs on Austra’s third album, Future Politics, also out Friday. “So I really did get into reading, which doesn’t really sound like a big deal, but I hadn’t read a book since high school. The moment that Toronto electro band Austra completed its world tour to support its sophomore album, Olympia, its lead singer and songwriter Katie Stelmanis hit the books and began a voracious reading cycle. That’s kind of where the cards of Future Politics came from.”“It was the culmination of a few years of basically reading stuff,” Stelmanis explains. Yet despite the dreary imagery of the album’s first two videos — “Future Politics,” with its sick, zombie-like characters and “Utopia,” where Stelmanis digs into a bowl of grubs — Stelmanis says that Future Politics is an album of hope.

January 19, 2017 11:01 UTC

Why charities want your old, stained and ripped clothes

Just because your old socks, stained shirts and frayed towels are no longer fit for the closet, it doesn't mean they belong in the trash. Companies like Value Village pay charities for all textiles they bring to the store for processing, even if the clothes are damaged and could never be worn. (CBC News)Curbside pickup a possibilityNot only is recycling textiles the environmentally friendly thing to do, Keliher said, it would also save taxpayers money. Ella Mazerolle helps people unload their donations at Value Village in Bayers Lake Business Park. (CBC News)Only 25 per cent of the materials donated to Value Village ever make it to the sales floor.

January 19, 2017 11:00 UTC

Density of proposed subdivision ticks off Manotick homeowners

Some people living in Manotick are concerned their quaint village is on the verge of becoming a cramped suburbia as plans move ahead with a proposed subdivision on about six-and-a-half hectares of land off Rideau Valley Drive North. The proposed subdivision by The Regional Group would include 30 detached homes and 54 bungalow townhouses, including five waterfront lots along the Rideau River and park space. T.J. Byron's backyard would back right onto the proposed development and she said it would resemble the busy Riverside South neighbourhood her family was trying to escape when they moved to Manotick almost five years ago. The proposed development would include 30 detached homes and 54 bungalow townhouses on a plot of land that's about 16 acres. A public meeting is set for Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Manotick Arena and Community Centre.

January 19, 2017 10:32 UTC

RCMP unit plays cat-and-mouse game to crack phones, seize data

They are the members of the RCMP Technological Crime Unit. RCMP experts plug a patchwork of cords into seized phones to extract data from them. Special equipment developedThe RCMP tech crime experts created this device to enable them to retrieve data from cellphones. (Blair Rhodes/CBC)Greg Bembridge, a civilian expert in the unit, extracts data from computer hard drives among his many skills. MacRae said the information his unit extracts and the techniques they use are not readily available to everyone.

January 19, 2017 10:32 UTC

Kevin O'Leary is way too boring to be called Canada's Donald Trump: Robyn Urback - CBC News

To call Kevin O'Leary "Canada's Donald Trump" is to grossly overstate how interesting O'Leary is as a candidate. Familiar proposalsIf Kevin O'Leary wasn't famous, he would be among the most boring candidates running for the Conservative leadership. (CBC/Canadian Press)From the perspective of the O'Leary campaign, however, the best thing critics can do is continue to compare him to Donald Trump. But Donald Trump truly is an unhinged, vendetta-driven, thrice-married former beauty pageant mogul with a weird fixation with conspiracy theories. Support from the partyCould Kevin O'Leary win the Conservative leadership?

January 19, 2017 10:30 UTC

How cocaine and dirty needles are turning 20-somethings into heart patients

The 30-year-old patient underwent two open heart surgeries in St. John's after a dirty needle spread infection from the injection site to his heart valve. Last year, there were 20 patients — most of whom were in their twenties — undergo open heart surgery. And let me tell you, the second time around with heart surgery and lots of times people don't get through that second operation." Safe injection materialTree Walsh of the Safe Works Access Program, which supplies clean injection kits, says it's startling but not surprising. Walsh said that she's heard some pharmacists have refused to sell injection drug users clean needles.

January 19, 2017 10:26 UTC

Canada Revenue Agency monitoring Facebook, Twitter posts of some Canadians

The Canada Revenue Agency is scrutinizing the Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other social media posts of Canadians it suspects could be cheating on their taxes. Andrew Treusch, who retired as CRA commissioner in June, previously wrote about how technology is changing the way the tax agency operates. In the report, the agency says business intelligence, which includes "mining accessible data," is a key area. Business intelligence encompasses big data to improve non-compliance detection (predictive analytics) and behavioural economics (such as 'nudging') to improve compliance." However, he said the business intelligence unit does analyze data from CRA's interactions with Canadians through its own Twitter and YouTube accounts.

January 19, 2017 10:01 UTC

Canadian figure skating championships: Who will step up?

It seems like just yesterday, not three years ago, that the Canadian figure skating championships were last held in Ottawa, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the event in 2014. In this second century of national figure skating championships, it is as it always was — who will rise to the challenge on the day? We've seen international moments of brilliance from them — like Osmond's two Grand Prix silver medals this season and a fourth-place finish at the Grand Prix final — and we've also seen all three skaters falter. Virtue and Moir back in the grooveThere is nothing clear cut in the ice dance event. Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir win first Grand Prix final title8:13Duhamel and Radford learn from mistakesWhen I saw Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford backstage at the Grand Prix Final in Marseille in December, they weren't happy with how they skated in finishing third.

January 19, 2017 10:01 UTC

Wapekeka First Nation asked for suicide-prevention funds months before deaths of 2 girls

Another 26 children were "triggered by these deaths and are at high risk for suicide," the statement said. Kids from Wapekeka First Nation are shown in a music video they made and posted on YouTube earlier this month. (YouTube)Health Canada said it received a funding proposal from Wapekeka First Nation in September, though the proposal was dated for July. There's also been an emergency response and related support from Health Canada since Winter and Fox died. Conn said a planning exercise is currently underway at Health Canada examining what "continuum of care" is needed to prevent suicides among Indigenous youth and how can it be sustainable.

January 19, 2017 10:01 UTC

Iran says 30 Tehran firefighters killed as burning highrise collapses

A high-rise building in Tehran engulfed by a fire collapsed on Thursday, killing at least 30 firefighters and injuring roughly 75 people, state media reported. The disaster struck the Plasco building, an iconic structure in central Tehran just north of the capital's sprawling bazaar. Local Iranian state television said 30 civilians were injured in the disaster, while the state-run IRNA news agency said 45 firefighters had been injured. At least 30 firefighters are believed to have died after being trapped on the upper floors of the building. Jalal Maleki, a fire department spokesman, earlier told Iranian state television that 10 firehouses responded to the blaze, which was first reported around 8 a.m. local time.

January 19, 2017 10:00 UTC

Avalanche buries Italian hotel, up to 30 missing

A huge avalanche ploughed into a luxury mountain hotel in central Italy after a series of strong earthquakes rattled the area, and up to 30 people might be buried under the snow, officials said on Thursday. Rescue workers using flashlights on their helmets battled blizzard conditions during the night to reach the isolated hotel on skis. "Around 30 people are unaccounted for, between guests and workers at the Hotel Rigopiano in Farindola," Fabrizio Curcio, head of Italy's civil protection department, told reporters. A photo taken from a video shows the snow inside the Hotel Rigopiano in Farindola, central Italy, hit by an avalanche. The disaster struck on Wednesday evening, just hours after four earthquakes with a magnitude of above 5.0 hit central Italy, sparking fears about possible avalanches.

January 19, 2017 08:05 UTC

Milos Raonic tops Gilles Muller to advance to third round at Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia — Third-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada maintained his record of reaching the third round all seven years he has contested the Australian Open. The Thornhill, Ont., product saved a set point in the third before beating Gilles Muller 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (4) on Thursday. Raonic clinched the win on his second match point when Muller returned a shot wide. The win advanced Raonic to a third-round match against Gilles Simon, who beat Rogerio Dutra Silva in straight sets. In men’s doubles, Toronto’s Daniel Nestor and his partner Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France downed Andres Molteni and Diego Schwartzman 6-0, 6-4 to advance to the second round.

January 19, 2017 06:39 UTC

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