Toronto is due for a thawing this weekend — and above-zero temperatures next week — despite the Siberian conditions of the past few days. Wind gusts of 50 km/hr might make it feel colder than usual, but even the overnight low isn’t expected to drop below -6 C.The weekend isn’t expected to get too much colder. According to Environment Canada, Toronto is due for above-zero temperatures. Monday’s high will go up to 3 C, Tuesday’s will be 4 C, and Wednesday and Thursday will see daytime highs of 1 C each. But don’t expect the warm weather to stick around: winter officially starts next week.
December 15, 2017 14:26 UTC
SpaceX has racked up another first, launching a recycled rocket with a recycled capsule on a NASA grocery run. The unmanned Falcon rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Friday with a just-in-time-for-Christmas delivery for the International Space Station, taking flight again after a six-month turnaround. Scheduled to arrive early Sunday morning: https://t.co/m0lzYzBUvb pic.twitter.com/udRw0w7K2J — @NASAThe rocket previously flew in June. The risk of flying a reused rocket, versus a brand new one, was judged to be pretty much equal, he said. The last time a Falcon rocket stood at the pad ready to fly, in September 2016, it blew up during a fuelling drill.
December 15, 2017 14:10 UTC
HALIFAX—Charges have been dropped against one of three British sailors accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a Nova Scotia military base in 2015. The Crown told Nova Scotia Supreme Court on Thursday that it would not proceed with the charges against Joshua Finbow. The decision comes after Judge Patrick Duncan ruled in September that Finbow’s statement to police was inadmissible. Public Prosecution Service spokeswoman Chris Hansen says the Crown reviewed the decision and concluded there was no prospect of conviction. Duncan says Finbow’s Charter rights to consult counsel immediately and in private were violated after he had to wait almost an hour and a half to see a lawyer.
December 15, 2017 14:03 UTC
Happy Valley-Goose Bay Mayor John Hickey has died of a shotgun injury suffered last weekend. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Mayor Hickey's family at this very difficult time," Deputy Mayor Wally Andersen wrote in a Friday press release issued by council. My thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of John Hickey. Two years later, he ran for mayor of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, but lost. (Katie Breen/CBC)On Tuesday, about 250 Happy Valley-Goose Bay residents came together for an evening rally to show their support for Hickey.
December 15, 2017 13:58 UTC
Prince Harry and his American fiancée Meghan Markle marry on Saturday, May 19, Kensington Palace announced Friday. His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales and Ms. Meghan Markle will marry on 19th May 2018. Today's announcement follows earlier confirmation of the month of the wedding and its location at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. pic.twitter.com/7pgdRM90Na — @KensingtonRoyalThey will be married in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle, just west of London. The Gothic St George's Chapel is on the grounds of Windsor Castle, which has been the family home of British kings and queens for almost 1,000 years.
December 15, 2017 13:58 UTC
MOSCOW—Russia and Egypt signed a deal on Friday to resume flights between Moscow and the Egyptian capital of Cairo starting from February, after more than a two-year break, officials announced. Moscow suspended flights to Egypt after a bomb by the local Daesh, also known as ISIS or ISIL, affiliate brought down a Russian airliner over Sinai in October 2015, killing all 224 people on board. Egyptian authorities have since spent millions of dollars to upgrade security at its airports, hoping to get Moscow to change its mind. Russian Transportation Minister Maxim Sokolov said he and Egyptian Minister of Civil Aviation Sherif Fathi signed a protocol on security co-operation that would allow direct flights between Moscow and Cairo to resume, starting from February. Russia, however, is not yet talking about resuming charter flights to Egyptian resorts on the Red Sea, once a popular destination for Russian tourists, Sokolov said, adding that this would be “the next stage” of negotiations.
December 15, 2017 13:43 UTC
FOND DU LAC, SASK.—First Nations chiefs say a plane crash in northern Saskatchewan demonstrates the need for upgraded runways and all-season roads in remote communities. A West Wind Aviation turboprop crashed Wednesday night with 22 passengers and three crew members aboard a flight from Fond du Lac to Stony Rapids. No one was killed but at least five people were seriously injured and needed to be airlifted to hospital. Read more: Plane crash in northern Saskatchewan results in injuries, but no fatalities: RCMPFond du Lac Chief Louie Mercredi says the crash shows the airstrip in the fly-in community must be upgraded.
December 15, 2017 13:07 UTC
One way to reduce waste during the holiday season is to adapt environmentally friendly ways to wrap gifts. Here are three eco-friendly alternatives to traditional gift wrap that will reduce waste, save money and still deliver great-looking gifts. Tip: Fabric stores often have bins full of remnants which can be used to wrap gifts or make gift bags. Recycled paper grocery bags, gift bags, newspapers and scrap paperPapyrus Medium Christmas eco gift bag in Overlapping Holly, Indigo, $4.95. Making handmade gift wrap from newspapers, paper shopping bags, gift bags, old books, maps, etc .
December 15, 2017 12:00 UTC
Investigators on Friday reconstructed the seconds before a train plowed into a school bus at a level crossing in southern France and killed at least five children, an incident the prime minister described as "horrific." Four children aged 12 or 13 died Thursday in the crash at a crossing close to the Spanish border. The bus was carrying students aged 11 to 15 from the Christian Bourquin school in the village of Millas. The school bus was ripped in half as a result of the crash. Vignes told reporters overnight that investigators would look into reports that the batteries in the automatic train gate system had been stolen.
December 15, 2017 11:48 UTC
At the centre of the controversy was Dr. Ewen Cameron, a respected psychiatrist and first director of the Allan Memorial Institute, the psychiatric facility at McGill University where the brainwashing experiments took place from 1950 to 1965. Alan Stein has represented numerous survivors who were once patients at the Allan Memorial Institute in Montreal in lawsuits against the Canadian government. In February 1957, Jean Steel arrived at the Allan Memorial Institute with a severe case of postpartum depression. Dr. Ewen Cameron was a respected psychiatrist and first director of the Allan Memorial Institute, the psychiatric facility at McGill University where the brainwashing experiments took place from 1950 to 1965. (CBC)None of the patients provided consent or knew that they were being used for Cameron's CIA and federally funded research.
December 15, 2017 10:00 UTC
Canada's ombudsman for taxpayers says service issues at the Canada Revenue Agency are systemic and the increase in complaints to the ombudsman's office each year suggests the problems are not getting better. The CRA does not always share information on a taxpayer from one branch of the agency to another. "Some of the silos within the CRA make it very difficult for taxpayers when they have to provide the same documentation repeatedly," she told CBC News. The agency then goes ahead with cutting or freezing benefits while taxpayers scramble to find other proof that might satisfy. Profit, the ombudsman, said issues around validating eligibility for benefits and tax credits are among the top complaints she receives.
December 15, 2017 10:00 UTC
A poll suggesting Doug Ford trails Mayor John Tory by single digits ahead of next fall's election is "flawed" and could misguide Toronto voters, an experienced pollster warns. The Firm Digital, a new polling agency, released the results of a poll it claims reached 15,576 Torontonians. "The risk for the public is that if they start putting their faith in IVR results, then they're just misinformed," she said, after reviewing the poll's results. But both Scott-Marshall and CBC researchers say IVR polls shouldn't have margins of error. But Ford blasted those results, alleging they're the partly the result of a online poll by Campaign Research that was biased in Tory's favour.
December 15, 2017 09:56 UTC
David Vion didn't think his simple ticket offer would blow up like the Death Star. The French immigrant, now living in Vancouver, normally goes back to France every Christmas to visit friends and family. So he took to the Vancouver Reddit with an idea: he offered a free ticket to Star Wars: The Last Jedi to anyone who would join him for the movie. The gift of Star Wars is a magical thing," one person wrote. Vion thinks he tapped into a phenomenon many others have noticed: that it is a challenge to make new friends in Vancouver.
December 15, 2017 05:03 UTC
We also have regular sex, and louder when the house is empty. It lasts between 20 minutes and an hour (they met in a tantric sex class). My basement tenants have incredibly loud sex at least once daily. I’m being unwillingly placed in a sexual situation — like being flashed, just auditory instead of visual. Tip of the dayOther people’s loud sex can be a problem that’s awkward to hear or address.
December 15, 2017 05:03 UTC
pic.twitter.com/h7tk6vZ8Y1 — @BrodieNBCS"You can't turn back with three minutes left, you can't turn back, you have to play forward," said exasperated Flames coach, Glen Gulutzan. "You can't turn back. The Sharks play again Friday night in Vancouver. The Sharks had taken their first lead halfway through the second period on Tierney's eight goal of the season on a power play. That included squandering a 37 second two-man advantage early in the second period.
December 15, 2017 04:54 UTC