Researchers have discovered a star that lies 2,500 light years away with at least eight planets orbiting it, just like our sun. The Kepler-90 system was discovered back in 2013, and was initially thought to have just seven planets. The computer scanned the Kepler data and recognized — with more than 90 per cent certainty — an eighth planet hiding in the Kepler-90 system. Strange new worldsShallue and Vanderburg's exoplanet — a planet orbiting a star other than our own — is called Kepler-90i. "There's lots of unexplored real estate in Kepler system and it would almost surprise me if there weren't more planets in this system," Vanderburg said.
December 14, 2017 22:52 UTC
Perreault clicked on the megahit following a Nov. 11 victory against the Arizona Coyotes and a new “win” song was soon added to the NHL club’s celebration repertoire. WINNIPEG—It was a song request Mathieu Perreault had no problem accommodating in the Winnipeg Jets’ dressing room. When the Jets had time off in Vegas, players went to a fundraising show and Dion was a surprise guest and sang the song. “We do the helmet and we have a couple songs to celebrate that win.”He also gets a kick out of watching his teammates belt out the Dion song. “I don’t know if anyone in our room has a future in music, at least not singing,” Morrissey said with a smile.
December 14, 2017 22:41 UTC
Also Alseth, Cheyrou, Cooper and Endoh are international players and those spaces will be prized next season with an influx of targeted allocation money likely to be used on talented imports. With the exception of Cooper and Cheyrou, the players whose options were not picked up saw little or no action. Only Cooper made a significant salary at $202,333 (U.S.) with most of the rest at or near the league minimum. That makes 16 players locked up for 2018, when TFC will carry a roster of 28 to 30. Of the players whose options were not picked up, Cooper played the most.
Citing sales drops ranging from 5 to 25 per cent, anxious King St. merchants want city hall to suspend the King St. pilot project on evenings and weekends — or cancel it altogether. Elenis says Tory and Cressy took their concerns seriously, including a request to restore normal traffic and parking after 7 p.m. and on weekends. “I have friends who are unaware of what part you can’t go in between, so I think they just boycott it altogether,” said Andrew Hall, bar manager at District Eatery at 303 King St. West. She wondered if removing King on-street parking spots, without restricting vehicles, could have sped up streetcars without scaring away customers. The pilot is a success for transit, but we need to ensure the system getting people in and out of the core also supports local business.”In an email, Tory spokesman Don Peat said the mayor “supports the King St. pilot project because King St. wasn’t working for anyone.
If you feel like getting arty for the holidays, two Toronto galleries are expanding access to two popular exhibits. The Art Gallery of Ontario is keeping its Guillermo del Toro: At Home With Monsters exhibit open evenings after Christmas to allow more people to see it before it closes Jan. 7. And the Aga Khan Museum is holding over HERE: Locating Contemporary Canadian Artists for a week, also closing Jan. 7. Now the show will not only extend into the new year, the museum says it will include a “surprise closing collaboration,” with details yet to be announced. At the AGO, At Home With Monsters features paintings, photographs, curiosities, movie props, film clips, costumes and more from and inspired by the horror and fantasy collection of director del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy), whose Toronto-shot The Shape of Water has become an awards season contender.
EDMONTON — Alberta Health Services is contacting dozens of patients who may have been exposed to infection at the fertility clinic at an Edmonton hospital in mid-November. AHS says the patients had an endovaginal ultrasound at the clinic between Nov. 14 and Nov. 20, and it became aware of errors on Nov. 20. Officials say standards for medical device reprocessing were not met, there was inconsistent tracking and recording of the number of reprocessed probes between the two dates, and overscheduling of procedures. AHS says patients are being notified as officials can’t be certain all practices at the clinic between those dates were conducted, including tracking and recording reprocessed probes, and proper cleaning and disinfection of the probes used. AHS says those who wish to be tested will be given instructions for blood and/or urine testing to rule out infection.
December 14, 2017 22:30 UTC
The provincial government has opted not to issue an environmental assessment certificate for a proposed open-pit copper and gold mine near Kamloops, prompting applause from the city and local First Nations. According to a statement from the provincial environment and mines ministries, an environmental assessment found too many negative impacts for the proposal in areas such as air quality and local ecosystems. Our ancestors stood firm as have we, for the benefit of our future generations and guests in our territory," the SSN statement said. But Heyman said that even if the feds decide to push ahead with the mine, KGHM will still require an environmental assessment certificate from the province. Even so, Kamloops city council voted this summer to officially oppose the mine, saying it was too close to city limits.
December 14, 2017 22:23 UTC
Canada’s spy service has settled a multimillion-dollar lawsuit with five intelligence officers and analysts who claimed they faced years of discrimination because they were gay, Muslim or Black. The Canadian Security Intelligence Service posted a comment from director David Vigneault on the agency’s website Thursday afternoon, stating that the agreement had been reached with the help of a mediator. “The settlement is in the best interest of all those concerned,” Vigneault wrote. “The complexity of the ever-evolving threat environment requires that all CSIS employees are equipped to give their best. Toronto lawyer John Phillips, who represented the five employees, said he could not comment on the case.
December 14, 2017 22:18 UTC
Watching the Thunder struggle may give other teams reason to pause before trying to commingle a group of Alpha males and expecting them to mesh. He’s been around long enough to know that winning is good, but playing well is more important. “You can win however many games you want in a row,” he said after Houston beat Charlotte on Wednesday. SMOOTH ASSIST: Ex-Raptor Antonio Davis, former president of the NBA Players Association, is taking on a new role with the union. “There’s a big difference in getting out of the boot and playing in an NBA game.
December 14, 2017 22:18 UTC
TORONTO — Ontario’s ombudsman will investigate an incident in which Niagara Region staff seized a reporter’s equipment and called police. The municipality apologized to a St. Catharines Standard reporter last week, saying the incident took place after staff said they found two electronic devices on a media table during a closed council session and one appeared to be recording. The St. Catharines Standard reported that municipal staff called police and officers forced one of the newspaper’s reporters to leave the region’s headquarters. Ombudsman Paul Dube says he will conduct a formal investigation into the incident in which he says a journalist and a citizen blogger were reportedly asked to leave and their property was seized. Dube says the incident has raised “serious concerns about the actions and processes of the municipality, and has understandably drawn high public interest.”The ombudsman will also look at whether the meeting itself violated open meeting requirements.
December 14, 2017 21:56 UTC
Retiring Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin says public trust in a vital democratic institution was at stake in an extraordinary public battle between her and former prime minister Stephen Harper. Former prime minister Stephen Harper, left, and outgoing Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin were embroiled in a public dispute in 2014. "The Chief Justice initiated the call to the Minister of Justice. MacKay said the appointment of a Supreme Court justice is the sole power of the prime minister, and recalled that Harper received a legal opinion supporting the validity from former justice Ian Binnie. Marc Nadon was nominated as a Quebec representative to the Supreme Court, but his appointment was ultimately declared invalid because of rules under the Supreme Court Act.
December 14, 2017 21:51 UTC
OTTAWA — The Mounties say they are going to take a new look at 284 sexual assault cases that they originally classified as unfounded. The decision comes after the RCMP reviewed 2,225 sexual assault files from 2016 in which police concluded that no violation of the law had taken place or was attempted. The force says 1,260 of the unfounded cases were misclassified and the 284 need further investigation. The RCMP says a team in Ottawa reviewed reports from divisions across the country to assess all aspects of sexual assault investigations, consult with external stakeholders, partners and experts and provide direction on how to improve investigations. The force says it is committed to supporting victims of sexual assault and treating them with compassion, care and respect.
December 14, 2017 21:45 UTC
Newfoundland and Labrador's $3-billion health system is unaffordable, says deputy minister John Abbott. (CBC News)Newfoundland and Labrador's $3-billion health system is heading for a major shakeup, and Abbott is charged with seeing the project through. Deputy Health Minister John Abbott says nurses in Newfoundland and Labrador are using far more sick leave than their colleagues in other provinces. Work is already underway to review how the province deploys its health services. No way, says AbbottOne of the biggest obstacles to change, Abbott admitted, will be acceptance from organizations that represent different service providers.
December 14, 2017 21:33 UTC
elementary school teacher has been disciplined after a pornographic image was projected to his class during a lesson. Jeffrey Rohin Muthanna was suspended for 13 days without pay and issued a letter of discipline, according to documents made public by the B.C. The image was seen by Grade 6 and 7 students and an educational assistant. It was later discovered that Muthanna had been using his district-issued laptop to access porn and a chat room for approximately two years. Muthanna was suspended in September of 2016 but is now facing a further, undisclosed reprimand according to the Nov. 28 document.
December 14, 2017 21:33 UTC
Bombardier Inc. says it's on track to deliver on its promised five-year turnaround in 2020 as its aerospace and railway divisions are projected to deliver better revenues and profits. The Montreal-based transportation company said revenues will grow to between $17 billion US and $17.5 billion US next year. However, analysts on average had expected revenue to grow to about $18.4 billion next year, according to Thomson Reuters. Bombardier said the growth in revenue is expected to be driven by the ramp-up of key projects at Bombardier Transportation and higher C Series aircraft deliveries. Bombardier expects 40 C Series aircraft will be shipped in 2018.
December 14, 2017 21:27 UTC