Days of snow and freezing rain have left sidewalks in Cabbagetown — and many other parts of Toronto — tricky to navigate for people pushing strollers. ( Rick Madonik / Toronto Star )Sidewalks running along vacant lots and in areas with absent landlords can be particularly treacherous, Sarah Eddy said. ( Rick Madonik / Toronto Star )Getting out and about this winter has sometimes felt like an obstacle course for Katherine Knowlton. She said many of the sidewalks near her Sackville St. home aren’t shovelled wide enough for a stroller to get through. ( Jason Miller / Toronto Star )St. James Town resident, Bahaa Alhaj found it particularly difficult to push his two young children around in their stroller this winter.
February 23, 2019 16:52 UTC
A case of measles has been confirmed in the Northwest Territories, according to the territory's Health Department. The infected individual travelled to Inuvik, N.W.T., from an international destination by plane, the department said in an updated news release Saturday. The department and all health authorities are contacting any known individuals who were in contact with the infectious person and are "at risk." Preventative treatment can reduce the risk of developing measles, says the Health Department. Inuvik area residents can call 867-678-5579 to confirm if their measles immunizations are up to date, says the department.
February 23, 2019 16:41 UTC
A jury has opted for the lesser of two possible verdicts suggested by a judge, finding Montrealer Michel Cadotte guilty of manslaughter for the 2017 death of his ailing wife. Cadotte, 57, admitted to suffocating Lizotte, who was in the late stages of Alzheimer's disease. "I want to thank the jury and the court for listening," Cadotte said in a hallway at the Montreal courtroom Saturday afternoon. Testifying in his own defence, Cadotte said he killed Lizotte because he couldn't stand seeing his wife continue to suffer. Cadotte's lawyers argued their client's judgment on the day of his wife's death was clouded by a major depression and years of suffering.
February 23, 2019 16:18 UTC
BERLIN — An avalanche hit a forest in Austria near the German border on Saturday, killing one skier, Austrian police said. Four others were rescued from the snow but emergency workers kept up the search for others who may have been buried alive. The avalanche hit an off-piste forest in Reutte near the German border. Most roads leading to the site were blocked by Saturday afternoon’s avalanche and from a previous avalanche Thursday night, making rescue efforts more complicated. The avalanche hit a treeless site near a hotel in an otherwise wooded area, but Eder said it was too early to know what had caused it.
February 23, 2019 16:13 UTC
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
Hundreds of people filled an Ottawa church to capacity on Saturday to say their final goodbyes to former MP Paul Dewar. A memorial service was held Saturday for former Ottawa Centre member of parliament Paul Dewar, who died on Feb. 6. Watch: Paul Dewar explains his interest in youthFormer Ottawa Centre MP Paul Dewar, who has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, has started a new project to support young leaders called Youth Action Now. Watch: Paul Dewar says his diagnosis changed his outlookFormer MP Paul Dewar sits down with Rosemary Barton to talk about embracing life after his terminal cancer diagnosis. Paul Dewar won the Ottawa Centre riding for the NDP in the January 2006 federal election, taking over from former NDP leader Ed Broadbent.
February 23, 2019 15:23 UTC
Lowry literally saves the game by keeping a loose ball inbounds and Leonard ices the game at the free throw line. Article Continued BelowYou couldn’t have scripted that finish much better if you’re a Raptors fan, I don’t think. But in many ways, given what the night was, the way it ended was almost secondary to the event. He’ll tell you it wasn’t a good game, Nick Nurse told us it wasn’t a good game and I bet when they look at it closely today, they’ll think, “you know, it was an okay game. And since I could probably use some rest, don’t look it at the crack of dawn.
February 23, 2019 15:00 UTC
Legislation dies in the transition from one session of Congress to the next, and unless Trump acted, it would be lost. It would create a national archive of documents from civil rights cold cases. So the students at New Jersey’s Hightstown High School did what teenagers do: They started tweeting at the president. He was finishing class one afternoon when he dashed off an email to Christopher Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax and a Trump ally. Jones’ office told Wexler, who told the students: Trump had signed the bill, which focuses on unsolved criminal cases from 1940 until 1980.
February 23, 2019 14:48 UTC
Hydro One predicts a major windstorm forecast for Sunday could cause hundreds of outages across Ontario. The mix of wind and snow could mean blowing snow, Environment Canada says. The mix of wind and snow could mean blowing snow. A 'major' windstorm is in the forecast for the city on Sunday and Sunday night. (Tijana Martin/Canadian Press)Environment Canada said it might issue wind warnings to ensure Toronto residents are ready for the storm.
February 23, 2019 14:30 UTC
Opponents of Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro braved tear gas as they rescued boxes of emergency food and medicine from burning trucks during violent clashes on the Colombian border with security forces blocking the entry of U.S.-supplied humanitarian aid. But almost as soon as the aid convoy departed, the limitations of Guaido's high-stakes gamble became clear. Demonstrators throw stones after a truck with humanitarian aid was set on fire at the Francisco de Paula Santander international bridge. People unload humanitarian aid from a truck that was set on fire at a bridge on the border between Colombia and Venezuela as seen from Cucuta, Colombia, on Saturday. Opposition leaders are pushing forward in belief that whether Maduro lets the aid in or not, he will come out weakened.
February 23, 2019 14:03 UTC
Police say three men aged 28, 29, and 56, and a 20-year-old woman were all charged in separate incidents. Halifax regional police had a busy Friday night arresting suspected impaired drivers, including one who was nabbed after crashing into a police cruiser. In one case police say an officer was assisting a broken down motorist and had his cruiser lights flashing when he was rear-ended. The officer was treated for minor injuries after he arrested the driver who hit him on impaired charges. Police say one of the male suspects had a blood-alcohol reading that was twice the legal limit, another was three times over the limit, and a third man was charged with refusing a breathalyzer, assaulting police, and also ticketed for having cannabis in his vehicle.
February 23, 2019 14:03 UTC
Now it’s near the bottom of most polls, but more recent star Roma is anything but a sure thing. Here are the whos, whats, whys and mehs of our Canuck Oscar whisperers:“I just really, really liked the story. I think Green Book is the perfect Oscar film.”Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón, Roma“I just think Cuarón is an amazing director. “I don’t think Roma even had a screenplay; Cuarón just made it up as he went along. And I just really didn’t like A Star Is Born.”Anonymous Canadian Oscar Voter No.
February 23, 2019 14:00 UTC
Educators and parents whose children have autism say they're worried that a reduction in home support through the recent overhaul of Ontario's autism program could spill into the classroom. Under the changes, which come into effect on April 1, families whose children have autism will receive a budget in order to choose the services they want. Progressive Conservative Social Services Minister Lisa McCleod has defended the changes, noting Ontario is spending more than ever before on the autism system. Christine Julien, seen here at a women's march in London's Victoria Park with her son Malik, 9, says the recent changes to Ontario's autism program won't help her son. Tucker said while schools can't give children therapy, they can support children in the classroom using the strategies and skills the child has learned through ABA (applied behaviour analysis) or IBI (intensive behavioural intervention).
February 23, 2019 13:52 UTC
Some new research published in Canada is sounding alarms about Porcupine caribou and the risks of drilling in Arctic Alaska. It was commissioned by Environment Yukon, the Northwest Territories Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Canadian Wildlife Service. The document runs 144 pages and was published this month by the Porcupine Caribou Management Board. Fish and Wildlife Service, caribou from the Porcupine Caribou Herd migrate onto the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Alaska. Fish and Wildlife Service/Associated Press)Canadians hunt most caribou: U.S. reportThe U.S. draft environmental impact statement says most Porcupine caribou are hunted in Canada.
February 23, 2019 13:52 UTC
HANOI, Vietnam — The Latest on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s travels to the summit with President Donald Trump in Vietnam (all times local):5 a.m.North Korean state media has confirmed that leader Kim Jong Un is on a train to Vietnam for his second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump. Russia’s TASS news agency reported hours earlier that Kim departed from the North Korean capital of Pyongyang on his personal train. ——9 a.m.Vietnam has announced an unprecedented traffic ban along a possible arrival route of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ahead of his second summit with President Donald Trump in Hanoi next week. It implies Kim may take a train and disembark at the Dong Dang railway station and proceed by car to Hanoi. It is not known if he will travel by train from Pyongyang via China or fly to a nearby Chinese city.
February 23, 2019 13:41 UTC